Can Jane Eyre be Happy?

Can Jane Eyre be Happy? : More Puzzles in Classic Fiction

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The exciting sequel to the enormously successful Is Heathcliff A Murderer?, John Sutherland's latest collection of literary puzzles, Can Jane Eyre Be Happy? turns up unexpected and brain-teasing aspects of the range of canonical British and American fiction represented in the World's Classics list. With bold imaginative speculation he investigates 32 literary conundrums, ranging from Daniel Defoe to Virginia Woolf: why does Robinson Crusoe find only 'one' footprint? How does Magwitch swim to shore with a great iron on his leg? Where does Fanny Hill keep her contraceptives? Whose side is Hawkeye on? And how does Clarissa Dalloway get home so quickly? As in its universally well received predecessor, the questions and answers are ingenious and convincing, and return the reader with new respect to the great novels that inspire them.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 18mm | 240.41g
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 019283603X
  • 9780192836038

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Sutherland is not simply a sleuth, but a sympathetic alternative author; less pedant, in fact, than poet The Sunday Times Sutherland has plainly enjoyed pursuing his quarry, and so will any reader with taste for ingenious detective work. John Gross, The Sunday Telegraph Sutherland is an unmatched guide to the detail of 19th-century fiction ... as a polemical jeu d'esprit designed to send you back to Adam Bede and Wuthering Heights, this is the most engagingly boffiny book imaginable The Spectator
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About J. A. Sutherland

John Sutherland is Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College, London. He has edited a number of World's Classics, including works by Anthony Trollope, Jack London, and Thackeray, and is the author of the best-selling Is Heathcliff a Murderer? Puzzles in 19th-Century Fiction (W/C, 1996).
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