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    A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me about Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter (Hardback) By (author) Professor William Deresiewicz

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    DescriptionAn eloquent memoir of a young man's life transformed by literature. In "A Jane Austen Education," Austen scholar William 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. Progressing from his days as an immature student to a happily married man, Deresiewicz's "A Jane Austen Education" is the story of one man's discovery of the world outside himself. A self-styled intellectual rebel dedicated to writers such as James Joyce and Joseph Conrad, Deresiewicz never thought Austen's novels would have anything to offer him. But when he was assigned to read "Emma" as a graduate student at Columbia, something extraordinary happened. Austen's devotion to the everyday, and her belief in the value of ordinary lives, ignited something in Deresiewicz. He began viewing the world through Austen's eyes and treating those around him as generously as Austen treated her characters. Along the way, Deresiewicz was amazed to discover that the people in his life developed the depth and richness of literary characters-that his own life had suddenly acquired all the fascination of a novel. His real education had finally begun. Weaving his own story-and Austen's-around the ones her novels tell, Deresiewicz shows how her books are both about education and themselves an education. Her heroines learn about friendship and feeling, staying young and being good, and, of course, love. As they grow up, they learn lessons that are imparted to Austen's reader, who learns and grows by their sides. "A Jane Austen Education" is a testament to the transformative power of literature, a celebration of Austen's mastery, and a joy to read. Whether for a newcomer to Austen or a lifelong devotee, Deresiewicz brings fresh insights to the novelist and her beloved works. Ultimately, Austen's world becomes indelibly entwined with our own, showing the relevance of her message and the triumph of her vision. Watch a Video


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    Title
    A Jane Austen Education
    Subtitle
    How Six Novels Taught Me about Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Professor William Deresiewicz
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 255
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781594202889
    ISBN 10: 1594202885
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    BIC subject category V2: BM
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: DSB
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15580
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    BISAC V2.8: LIT007000, LIT004120
    DC21: 823.7
    B&T General Subject: 495
    DC22: 823/.7
    B&T Approval Code: A28400000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 88
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: C25100470
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    LC classification: PR4037 .D47 2011
    Publisher
    Penguin Press
    Imprint name
    Penguin Press
    Publication date
    28 April 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    "Sharp, endearingly self-effacing... a profound truth lies embedded in Deresiewicz's witty account." --THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW "Like Austen, Deresiewicz is lucid, principled and knows how to think as well as how to feel, without ever sacrificing one to the other.... a delightful and enlightening book. --SLATE "An entertaining and original version of literary criticism--as autobiography." --THE SEATTLE TIMES "With "A Jane Austen Education", Deresiewicz writes with discerning wit and quiet perception about the lessons in friendship, empathy, honesty, happiness, and love he learns from each of Austen's immortal novels." --CHICAGO TRIBUNE "[Deresiewicz] is charming on the page. He talks about literary characters as if they were real people, and about Austen as if she lived at the end of the block...he does so in a style that comes across as fresh and conversational, like a genuinely witty bibliophile you'd like to talk with at a party." --LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS "[Deresiewicz] writes with wit, charm and candor, and the result is simply delightful." --ASSOCIATED PRESS