Jane Austen For Dummies

Jane Austen For Dummies

by Joan Elizabeth Klingel Ray, Joan Klingel Ray
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Jane Austen For Dummies by Joan Elizabeth Klingel Ray, Joan Klingel Ray

Explains Austen's methods, motivations, and morals

The fun and easy way(r) to understand and enjoy Jane Austen

Want to know more about Jane Austen? This friendly guide gives the scoop on her life, works, and lasting impact on our culture. It chronicles the events of her brief life, examines each of her novels, and looks at why her stories - of women and marriage, class and money, scandal and hypocrisy, emotion and satire - still have meaning for us today.


• Why Austen is so popular

• The impact on manners, courtships, and dating

• Love and life in Austen's world

• Her life and key influences

• Her most memorable characters

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470008294
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 07/31/2006
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 388
Sales rank: 640,851
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Joan Klingel Ray, PhD, is an English professor at the University of Colorado. She has written articles for numerous magazines and appeared on the A&E biography of Jane Austen.

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Jane Austen For Dummies 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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Les_Livres More than 1 year ago
"...Seriously, this book is a treasure and a truly wonderful resource - it doesn't matter if you are a long-time Janeite or if you are newly interested in the novels after having seen film adaptations, or if you just want to find out more because you were assigned one of Austen's novels for a class. I promise you will get something out of this book. As an aside, I do much of my reading outside of my home - in between classes, in waiting rooms while running errands, etc - and I have never gotten more comments from people about a book I was reading than when I was reading Jane Austen for Dummies. People in the halls on campus, people in my classes, professors, my dermatologist...there is just something about Jane, I guess, that really does speak to everyone..." For full review, please visit me (Les Livres) on Blogger! jaimeliredeslivres dot blogspot dot com
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A highly recommended book both for readers who are discovering Austen¿s novels for the first time and for those of us who have read them many times¿as well as for readers who are somewhere in-between these two categories! The author, Joan Klingel Ray, is a respected and popular English professor and is also a three-term former president of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Ray has delighted and instructed students and many other audiences throughout the U.S. and Canada with her lectures on Austen¿s works. She has written Jane Austen for Dummies in a light-hearted and lively style, but her entertaining volume is based on extensive knowledge and scholarship. Fans of film versions of Austen¿s novels would also enjoy Ray¿s book. For all of us, it adds to our understanding of Jane Austen¿s life and times and her wonderful books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jane Austen for Dummies is a perfect addition to the library of any Janeite. In many ways, it offers a cultural history of the Georgian/Regency period, allowing a firm grounding for a more complete enjoyment and appreciation of Austen's works. The author, a college professor, shows her love of learning and teaching -- it is an approachable, easy-to-read book for all fans of Austen, whether new or old.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Compared to the other books designed to help you understand ONE Austen novel, this one, by an established Austenscholar, is understandable, humorous, non-stodgy, and complete and helps with ALL of Austen's novels. A+++++++ to Professor Ray!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ever wonder how much of the story or the 'joke' you are missing out on in a Jane Austen novel? Professor Joan Klingel Ray's 'Jane Austen for Dummies' will give you every advantage that a Regency reader would have had when they first read Jane Austen's works. Dr. Ray clearly and concisely explains the nuances of life in Jane Austen's time and allows the modern reader to enjoy the novels even more. Well done!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jane Austen for Dummies is a tribute to that marvelous author and a must-read for any Austen fan, new or seasoned. Joan Klingel Ray's writing is crisp, clear and humorous, and often as page-turning as the subject's works themselves. Jane Austen, the woman, the writer and the wit comes to life and we are treated to an inside look at the culture and times that shaped her. No matter how many of JA's books you have read, and no matter how many times you've read them, Jane Austen for Dummies will contribute to your pleasure and your understanding.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Professor Ray's Jane Austen for Dummies book is by far the best of the series. It is the most upbeat and clear cut. This is one professor (perhaps the only one in existence) that actually tells you what you need to know.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is so much useful and interesting information for every reader of Jane Austen's novels. It is also presented in the most entertaining way, so that reading this is a pleasure, as well as an education.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be really a great read. It is a good, solid, reference book. There is so much about Jane Austen that is known but this is one place where you can get a lot of information in one place. For non-Janites it is a great introduction to some of the things about Jane. All in all I would recommend this to everyone Janites and non-Janites. You will enjoy it.