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A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me about Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780143121251
Author(s): William Deresiewicz
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Dimensions: 129 x 196 x 19 (w x l x h)
Pages: 255

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An 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-a
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