A Jane Austen Education

A Jane Austen Education

How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter

Book - 2011
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Austen scholar Deresiewicz turns to the author's novels to reveal the remarkable life lessons hidden within. With humor and candor, Deresiewicz employs his own experiences to demonstrate the enduring power of Austen's teachings.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, c2011.
ISBN: 9781594202889
Branch Call Number: 823.7000
Characteristics: 255 p. ; 22 cm.


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Nov 05, 2019

Nancy Story recommended this book to me. She’s read it multiple times. I don’t agree with all the author’s readings of Austen, but I found the combination of lit crit (popular, not scholarly) and memoir and commentary interesting.

Sep 25, 2015

I really enjoyed this book and the author's perspectives on Austen's works (and snippets about her life and times). He had very thoughtful, not your average run-of-the-mill insights and applications of how her writing is relevant and meaningful and should not be overlooked or dismissed.

devorah1231 Dec 26, 2013

Disgusting. Not for those with purer minds. If you read trash, you may like it.

crankylibrarian Aug 01, 2013

" 'A Jane Austen Education'? " sneered a gentlemen of my acquaintance. "What's that; how to curtsy and dance a proper minuet?" "No, actually it's a book by a guy on how reading Jane Austen stopped him from being a jerk. Perhaps you'd like to borrow it?" Wonderful, painfully honest memoir by a formerly self-satisfied modern lit snob, who gained a healthy dose of humility and self-awareness by following in the fictional footsteps of Jane Austen's heroines. Ample proof that great literature transcends gender, time periods, and culture.

Jul 27, 2012

Hugely insightful, entertaining. Brilliant, in short.

Chitownchica Aug 09, 2011

I absolutely love this book and it is almost as if the author took the very words out of my mouth when I try to get folks that have never read Austen to give her books a try.

debwalker Jun 12, 2011

"In 1990, William Deresiewicz was on his way to gaining a Ph.D. in English literature at Columbia University. Describing that time in the opening pages of his sharp, endearingly self-effacing new book, “A Jane Austen Education,” Deresiewicz explains that he faced one crucial obstacle. He loathed not just Jane Austen but the entire gang of 19th-century British novelists: Hardy, Dickens, Eliot . . . the lot. ...The state of outraged hostility is, of course, a setup. Many of Deresiewicz’s readers will already know him as the author of the widely admired “Jane Austen and the Romantic Poets.” One of the novelist’s most appreciative critics isn’t about to knock Austen off her plinth. Nevertheless, a profound truth lies embedded in Deresiewicz’s witty account of his early animosity. He applies that comic narrative device to her six completed novels. Considered so, each work reveals itself as a teaching tool in the painful journey toward becoming not only adult but (one of Austen’s key terms of praise for characters she wishes us to respect) useful."
Miranda Seymour
NYT June 10, 2011


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