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Book details
  • SubGenre:European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Useful Reference Library
  • Series Number:6
  • Pages:32
  • eBook ISBN:9781483559087

Useful Jane Austen

by Martin Manser

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This book will help you: • plan your essays • revise better • prepare for exams This book provides: • Introduction to Jane Austen • Jane Austen’s life • Jane Austen and the English language • Jane Austen’s works • Outlines of Jane Austen’s major novels
Jane Austen ranks high among the most loved of all English writers. In contrast to many other celebrated authors her reputation rests upon a relatively small output, of around half a dozen major novels and a few other fragments, but her lasting influence upon the subsequent development of the English novel is undisputable nonetheless. Austen’s own life was one of upper middle-class rural gentility and this is the orderly, prosperous and close-knit world that is depicted in her writing, which deals almost exclusively with the personal relationships and social entanglements of characters sharing a similarly refined country background. It was a small canvas upon which she chose to work but it allowed her to focus upon her characters in minute detail and to bring them fully and delightfully to life. Although her talent as a novelist was not widely remarked upon during her own lifetime, with one or two notable exceptions, Austen has since been justly praised both for her delicate rendering of character and for her close observation of the social milieu she took as the subject of her greatest works. Over the years, many critics have waxed lyrical about the ‘Austen touch’, an elusive descriptive term that attempts to draw together the different strands of Jane Austen’s style. Prominent features of her writing include great elegance, balance and sensitivity, as well as subtlety of tone and effect and a gentle, ironic wit, which prevents her stories descending into sentiment, as they might easily have done in the hands of a less accomplished stylist.
About the author
Martin Manser has been a professional reference book editor since 1980. He has compiled or edited more than 200 reference books, particularly, English-language dictionaries, Bible-reference titles and business-skills books. He is also a Language Trainer and Consultant with national and international companies and organizations. He is a visiting lecturer at Buckinghamshire New University, a tutor with London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London and tutor at Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg Center for Key Qualifications, Germany. Website:
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