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Jane Austen: A Companion

Jane Austen: A Companion

by Josephine Ross


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ISBN-13: 9780813539546
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 11/28/2006
Edition description: First Paperback Edition
Pages: 274
Sales rank: 850,661
Product dimensions: 133.35(w) x 228.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

JOSEPHINEROSS has written books on the British monarchy, history, and on style, including The Monarchy in Britain. She has also worked for Vogue magazine and in television. She lives in London.

Table of Contents

1.A Brief Life1
2.'The Common Daily Routine'45
3.'The Present Fashions'70
4.'The Subject of Books'98
5.'Of Lovers and Husbands'128
6.'The Beauty of the Place'158
7.'The Distinction of Rank'188
8.'Politics and Public Events'216
Further Reading244

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Jane Austen: A Companion 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
juglicerr on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book is a Companion in the sense that it attempts to give the reader context for reading Austen's work, not in the sense of a reference work listing all her characters, etc. It is perfect for anyone beginning to read Austen's works, especially if they have little knowledge of the era. It would also be helpful as a basic guide to the late Georgian period, which is the setting of so many historical and romance novels. Ross starts off with a brief (44 page) biography, followed by 8 chapters on the era: "The Common Daily Routine", "Of Lovers and Husbands", "Politics and Public Events", etc. In each, Ross discusses the era in general terms, and also relates the topic to Austen's life and writings. I read the book straight through, but it appears that each chapter could stand on its own: information is sometimes repeated if it relates to more than one topic. Lydia Bennett's finding ornaments in a book store is mentioned in both "The Present Fashions" and "The Subject of Books." There are numerous plates of well-chosen pictures relating to both Jane Austen's personal life and the era in general. There are no notes, but there is a helpful, but admittedly not exhaustive bibliography and an unusually detailed index. This index isn't perfect, it only lists one of the references to Lydia mentioned above, but it is much more thorough and in depth than most indexes, and helpfully has little notes after some of the entries that may be enough in themselves to refresh the reader's memory.