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A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Reasons Why We Can't Stop Reading Jane Austen Hardcover – 3 Jun 2010

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Particular Books (3 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846143357
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846143359
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,182,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jane Austen (1775-1817) was modest about her own genius but is one of English literature's greatest and most admired writers. She is the author of Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion.

Susannah Carson is currently a doctoral candidate in French literature at Yale University. Previous degrees include an M.Phil from the Sorbonne Paris III, as well as M.A.s from the Université Lyon II and San Francisco State University. She has given talks on various topics of English and French literature at Oxford, the University of Glasgow, Yale, Harvard, Concordia, and Boston University.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Jun. 2010
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This is a fascinating book containing 33 essays by well-known authors and critics about the reasons, as they see them, for Jane Austen's enduring popularity. What shines through to me is the enthusiasm of all these writers for their subject; they all love Jane Austen's writing. E M Forster was hugely admiring of her work; Martin Amis redeems himself in my eyes by loving Elizabeth Bennet in `Pride and Prejudice' while his father, Kingsley, waxes lyrical about `Mansfield Park'. C S Lewis discusses passages from four of the novels and Amy Heckerling talks about turning `Emma' into the film script for `Clueless'.

I found this book absolutely delicious - like drinking a fine wine and eating gourmet food. There are felicitous comments such as Fanny Price being described as a Jane Austen heroine in a Charlotte Bronte novel; and Jane Austen disposing of her least pleasant creations almost like biting their heads off. Virginia Woolf imagines what Jane Austen would have written if she had lived longer and Jay McInerney falls in love with all the heroines, comparing them with people in his own life.

If you love Jane Austen's work then you will love this book but I think you need to have read or re-read the books fairly recently to get the most out of it. A must for the bookshelf of any Janeite.
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