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Pride And Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen
Publisher: Modern Library
ISBN: 9780679641124
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Introduction by Anna Quindlen Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners—one of the most popular novels of all time—that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues. Renowned literary critic and historian George Saintsbury in 1894 declared it the “most perfect, the most characteristic, the most eminently quintessential of its author’s works,” and Eudora Welty in the twentieth century described it as “irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be.”

The Adytum Of The Heart

Author: Patricia H. Wheat
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
ISBN: 9780838634431
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Discussions of Charlotte Bronte typically focus on the psychological, biographical, and social forces underpinning her fiction. This book, by contrast, emphasizes the conscious artistry of the author of Jane Eyre, Shirley, and Villette. Patricia Wheat suggests that Bronte's writing can be better understood by an examination of her literary criticism. She traces Bronte's comments on literature from lists of favorite childhood authors through years of responding to advice from G. H. Lewes and publishers George Smith and W. S. Williams, to later editorial efforts such as the reading of novels by Thackeray and Martineau in manuscript, and the editing of the works of Emily and Anne Bronte. The central characters in Bronte's fiction have moments when they gain insight into the character of people whose personalities had previously puzzled them. Similarly, Wheat argues, the gate way for Bronte to the "adytum of the heart," the innermost room of the artist's soul, was the novel. The experience a reader undergoes when perusing a new novel parallels the spiritual probing of Bronte's central characters when they meet other characters. The reader's task, like that of a Bronte heroine, is to look beneath the surface. To Bronte, every true work of art, when rightly understood, was a marriage between Jane and Rochester, between the reader and the author. The Adytum of the Heart examines in detail Bronte's commentary on three famous novels--Pride and Prejudice, Vanity Fair, and Wuthering Heights--and relates each to Bronte's own fiction. The book reconstructs the similarities G. H. Lewes must have noted between Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice, applying Bronte's critical terminology to pinpoint what she saw as Austen's limitations. Wheat's reading of Bronte's handwritten letters enables her to uncover errors and omissions in printed editions. The kindest words Bronte ever wrote about Jane Austen are published here for the first time, tempering the usual pitting of Austen's "restraint" against Bronte's "passion." Another chapter defines the characteristics Bronte valued in Thackeray's work, and identifies echoes of Vanity Fair in Shirley. Wheat also suggests that Bronte's initial admiration for Thackeray--and her dedication of the second edition of Jane Eyre to him--may have been sparked by publishers' ideas for gaining Bronte a wider readership. Finally, Wheat demonstrates how Bronte defended Wuthering Heights not only in her preface to it, but also in Villette, which she began immediately alter rereading her sister's masterpiece. The book includes a chronology of Bronte's readings and literary activities, and an appendix listing the library locations of many of her widely scattered letters.

A Successful Novel Must Be In Want Of A Sequel

Author: M. Carmen Gomez-Galisteo
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476633274
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What happened after Mr. Darcy married Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice? Where did Heathcliff go when he disappeared in Wuthering Heights? What social ostracism would Hester Prynne of The Scarlet Letter have faced in 20th century America? Great novels often leave behind great questions—sequels seek to answer them. This critical analysis offers fresh insights into the sequels to seven literary classics, including Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, the Brontë sisters’ Jane Eyre, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, and Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca.

Sense And Sensibility

Author: Jane Austen
Publisher: Modern Library
ISBN: 0679641130
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Sense and Sensibility is one of the best loved of Jane Austen's novels, populated by great comic creations like Mrs. Jennings, the unscrupulous cad Willoughby, and guileless and artful women. As ever, Austen suffuses her work with great ironic observation and tremendous wit, producing a masterpiece of romantic entanglement that time and a very different set of mores cannot diminish. Sense and Sensibility was the first of Jane Austen's novels to be published, coming out in 1811. It had a long gestation, beginning as Elinor and Marianne, an epistolary novel that Austen wrote in the 1790s. The novel centers on the sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, who are forced to leave their home with their mother and younger sister, Margaret, and move in reduced circumstances to the West of England. Elinor, the sensible sister, and Marianne, the overimaginative romantic, must rely on a good marriage as a means of support. As their excellent schemes are intruded upon, Austen subtly explores the marriage game of her times, as both sense and sensibility affect the sisters' chances of happiness and comfort.

Jane Austen On Film And Television

Author: Sue Parrill
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786481412
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Jane Austen's career as a novelist began in 1811 with the publication of Sense and Sensibility. Her work was finally adapted for the big screen with the 1940 filming of Pride and Prejudice (very successful at the box office). No other film adaptation of an Austen novel was made for theatrical release until 1995. Amazingly, during 1995 and 1996, six film and television adaptations appeared, first Clueless, then Persuasion, followed by Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, the Miramax Emma, and the Meridian/A&E Emma. This book traces the history of film and television adaptations (nearly 30 to date) of Jane Austen manuscripts, compares the adaptations to the manuscripts, compares the way different adaptations treat the novels, and analyzes the adaptations as examples of cinematic art. The first of seven chapters explains why the novels of Jane Austen have become a popular source of film and television adaptations. The following six chapters each cover one of Austen's novels: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park, Persuasion, and Northanger Abbey. Each chapter begins with a summary of the main events of the novel. Then a history of the adaptations is presented followed by an analysis of the unique qualities of each adaptation, a comparison of these adaptations to each other and to the novels on which they are based, and a reflection of relevant film and literary criticism as it applies to the adaptations.

Everybody S Jane

Author: Juliette Wells
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1441145540
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Explores the importance of Jane Austen and her writings to amateur readers today.

Critical Companion To Jane Austen

Author: William Baker
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 1438108494
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Examines the life and writings of Jane Austen including detailed synopses of her works, explanations of literary terms, biographies of friends and family, and social and historical influences.

Jane Austen A Family Record

Author: Deirdre Le Faye
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521534178
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This book is the outcome of years of research in Austen archives, and stems from the original family biography by W. and R. A. Austen-Leigh, Jane Austen: her Life and Letters. Jane Austen, A Family Record was first published in 1989, and this edition, first published in 2003, incorporates information that has come to light since then, and provides new illustrations and updated family trees. Le Faye gives a detailed account of Austen's life and literary career. She has collected together documented facts as well as the traditions concerning the novelist, and places her within the context of a widespread, affectionate and talented family group. Readers will learn how Austen transformed the stuff of her peaceful life in the Hampshire countryside into six novels that are amongst the most popular in the English language. This fascinating record of Austen and her family will be of great interest to general readers and scholars alike.