Jane Austen: A Companion

Jane Austen: A Companion

by Josephine Ross


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Jane Austen: A Companion by Josephine Ross

This illuminating, entertaining, up-to-date companion is the only general guide to Jane Austen, her work, and her world. Josephine Ross explores the literary scene during the time Austen's works first appeared: the books considered classics then, the "horrid novels" and romances, and the grasping publishers. She looks at the architecture and decor of Austen's era that made up "the profusion and elegance of modern taste": Regency houses for instance, Chippendale furniture, "picturesque scenery." On the smaller scale she answers questions that may baffle modern readers of Austen's work. What, for example, was "hartshorn"? How did Lizzy Bennet "let down" her gown to hide her muddy petticoat? Ross shows us the fashions, and the subtle ways Jane Austen used clothes to express her characters. Courtship, marriage, adultery, class and "rank," mundane tasks of ordinary life, all appear, as does the wider political and military world -- especially the navy, in which her brothers served. This book will add depth to all readers' enjoyment of Jane Austen, whether confirmed addicts or newcomers wanting to know what all the fuss is about.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813532998
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2003
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.20(d)

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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