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Jane Austen and the Theatre Paperback – 30 Jun 2007

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hambledon Continuum; New Ed edition (30 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847250475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847250476
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,590,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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"


Jane Austen enjoyed and was greatly interested in the theatre. Many of her novels, with the memorable individual characters, dramatic confrontations and surprising denouements, owe part of their effect to theatrical inspiration. The dramatic impact of her novels is demonstrated by the ease with which they have been adapted for television and film. In "Jane Austen and the Theatre", Paula Byrne makes clear the important part of the theatre played in both Jane Austen's life and work. There is no doubt about Jane Austen's own passion for the stage. She went to the theatre in London and Bath whenever she could, acted in private theatricals, and wrote a number of her early works in play form. Living in a great age of English stage comedy, she drew inspiration from Sheridan as well as Shakespeare. "Sense and Sensibility", "Pride and Prejudice", "Emma and Mansfield Park" are, as Paula Byrne shows, all shaped by the comic drama of the period and by Jane Austen's own understanding of men and women as actors playing parts.

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