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Jane Austen and the Theatre Paperback – 30 Jun 2007

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Paula Byrne was born in Birkenhead. Her first book, Jane Austen and the Theatre, was shortlisted for the Theatre Book Prize. Her second book, Perdita, was a Richard and Judy book-club pick and a best-seller. Her third, Mad World:Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead is 'the fascinating story of a great house and a great family.' It was published to rave reviews in 2009 and was another best-seller. She is married to Jonathan Bate and lives in Oxford.

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"A rare combination of erudition and originality, Jane Austen and the Theatre opens many new doors onto the novelist and her work." --Claudia Johnson ..."elegant and fascinating." --Miranda Seymour, "Spectator"

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Paula Byrne, who has a PhD from the University of Liverpool, is the bestselling author of Perdita: The Life of Mary Robinson, a Richard and Judy Book Club selection that was longlisted for both the Samuel Johnson Prize and the British Academy Book Prize. She is now a full-time author, and lives in Warwickshire, with her husband, the distinguished critic Jonathan Bate, and their three young children. She is writing a book about Evelyn Waugh and the real family who inspired Brideshead Revisited.

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Greatly enhanced my appreciation of Jane Austen's novels. 12 Sept. 2004
By Nina Edmondson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In 2002, two books were published with the titles of "Jane Austen and the Theater", one by Paula Byrne and the other by Penny Gay. As an avid reader of Jane Austen's novels, I was curious and read them both. Both books were good but for the casual reader like myself, I found Paula Byrne's the most enlightning and educational.

The first part of the book covers Jane Austen's life and her interest in the theater. This part of the book also educates the casual reader about dramatic technics such as dramatic presentation and dramatic dialogue.

The second part of the book shows how Jane used her knowledge and experience of the theater in her novels. In this part of the book she shows how Jane used theatrical motifs, especially comedic satir. Finally, I think Paula Byrne has given us some insight into where Jane got some of her ideas for her characters and stories.
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