A Fine Brush on Ivory: An Appreciation of Jane Austen

A Fine Brush on Ivory: An Appreciation of Jane Austen

by Richard Jenkyns
ISBN-10:
0199210993
ISBN-13:
9780199210992
Pub. Date:
03/22/2007
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA

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A Fine Brush on Ivory: An Appreciation of Jane Austen

What is it about Jane Austen's writing that brings such pleasure? There are good, even great novelists who are not good storytellers, and there are highly gifted storytellers who write thoroughly bad books. Jane Austen was both a very good storyteller and a great novelist. How did she do it? Richard Jenkyns's sparkling study delights in Austen's craft, wit, and pathos. His deep reading of the novels illuminates the subtlety, depth, and innovation that lie within them. He explores the development of her style, storytelling, and characterization, her technical prowess, and her place in comparison with her contemporaries, with a grace and wit worthy of the subject herself. All who read this book will come away with their admiration for Austen deepened, and their pleasure in her work enhanced.

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ISBN-13: 9780199210992
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 03/22/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1Beginnings1
2The Shape of Comedy21
3The Character of Character49
4A Park with a View93
5The Prisoner of Hartfield151
6The Sense in Sensibility175
Notes199
Sources and Further Reading209
Index213

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