`There can be no doubt of the immense value for the critical reader of this impressive exposition of conflicting views concerning the individual and society at the end of the 18th century.' The Review of English Studies
'the most accomplished 'close reading' to date of Jane Austen's dialogue, and the most stylish book written on Austen since Mary Lascelles's Jane Austen and her Art.' Marilyn Butler The London Review of Books
'Readers of Jane Austen will welcome the return of Marilyn Butler's learned and controversial book on Jane Austen, reprinted with a new and extensive survey of recent scholarship. ... this book will be a valuable addition to a scholar's library. Butler's thesis casts light on Austen's fiction and her style emulates Austen'sw crisp clarity. ... Butler writes informatively about her subject, rather than about the need for the method.
' Eighteenth Century Fiction
About the Author
Marilyn Butler is at University of Cambridge.