Mr Darcy's Guide to Courtship: The Secrets of Seduction from Jane Austen's Most Eligible Bachelor

Mr Darcy's Guide to Courtship: The Secrets of Seduction from Jane Austen's Most Eligible Bachelor


By (author) Fitzwilliam Darcy, By (author) Emily Brand

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  • Publisher: Old House Books
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 120mm x 184mm x 20mm | 300g
  • Publication date: 23 July 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 1908402598
  • ISBN 13: 9781908402592
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 301,958

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'Mr Darcy's Guide to Courtship' is no ordinary Regency courtship manual, composed as it is by a Fitzwilliam Darcy as yet unmellowed by contact with Elizabeth Bennet. Full of entirely justified pride and meticulously cultivated prejudice, Jane Austen's most famous (and most fancied) hero here reveals the secrets of his success with the opposite sex, offering hints to both ladies and gentlemen on the rules of courtship, including making oneself agreeable, identifying an appropriate partner and how to escape the unwanted attentions of rogues and fortune-hunters. Also includes: beauty tips from Caroline Bingley, thoughts on the improper courtship techniques of Messrs Wickham and Mr Collins, reflections on spinsterhood by Miss Emma Woodhouse, and Darcy's advice to his many illustrious correspondents including Lord Byron, the Duke of Wellington and Mr Willoughby of Combe Magna.

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"Laugh out loud funny. I really can't recommend this more to fans of Jane Austen, of the movies, and of the era itself." "Invites readers into the byzantine and hilarious world of early-19th-century English romance in this faux dating--er, courtship--guide from the protagonist of "Pride & Prejudice" himself, Fitzwilliam Darcy...Reveals attitudes typical of his particular time and place...many subtle, funny anachronisms...He advises potential suitors to "be tall" or, if this is impossible, "invest in a monstrous tall hat," and, in typical Darcian bluntness, "ensure that you are not utterly disgusting to behold." ...A delightful job recreating Darcy at his most cranky, aloof, and--yes--charming."--"Publishers Weekly ""Pitch-perfect ability to capture the stodgy--and, of course, prideful and prejudiced--voice of one Mr. Darcy c. 1812 makes this tongue-in-cheek dating guide so utterly and delightfully amusing...This book is sure to have Austen/P&P/Darcy fans swooning."--The Book Page "A delightful addition to your library...A seamless work. Some of the selections had me laughing out loud."--"""Downright hysterical...The things that Darcy would come up with are both exactly what I imagine he would say; just as condescending as ever...This is definitely a fun and quick read that will keep you laughing for a while. I heartily recommend it." "Takes information from real advice manuals and cleverly dishes out the information in connection with a favorite Austen hero. I highly recommend this book!"--Jane Austen Society of North America/Central New Jersey Chapter "Written in Mr. Darcy's characteristic blunt, tongue-in-cheek style from before Miss Elizabeth Bennet tempered his opinions, the book takes a lighthearted perspective on courtship and marriage, the practice of which Darcy considers perfectly abominable. The book catches Darcy's characteristic pride for himself and disdain for all things related to love and marriage, all in his usually offensive manner. The commentary is complete with the inclusion of several humorous caricatures and charts regarding the content. Fun read."--"Deseret News" Top 5 Austen-inspired Nonfiction Book of the

Table of contents

Introduction /Making Oneself Agreeable /Selecting a Suitable Partner /To Capture her Heart /Expressing One's Intentions /Preparations for Matrimony