A Jane Austen Education: how six novels taught me about love, friendship, and the things that really matter

Two hundred years after Jane Austen published her first novel, her popularity continues to grow, her audience constantly expanding via film or fictional retellings of her stories in new settings or from the point of view of other characters. This is a literary memoir– but we could perhaps also call it self-help. Starting his academic career with a cynical modernist bent, William Deresiewicz makes an unexpected pilgrimage through the works of an author he supposes to be a shallow romantic. Instead, Jane Austen holds the mirror up to his own life with her deft social observations and sometimes painful character growth. Readers of Deresiewicz’s book will have their own eyes opened to “things that really matter.” (submitted by library customer DF)

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