A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz

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Before Jane Austen, William Deresiewicz was a very different young man. A sullen and arrogant graduate student, he never thought Austen would have anything to offer him. Then he read Emma—and everything changed.

           

In this unique and lyrical book, Deresiewicz weaves the misadventures of Austen’s characters with his own youthful follies, demonstrating the power of the great novelist’s teachings—and how, for Austen, growing up and making mistakes are one and the same. Honest, erudite, and deeply moving, A Jane Austen Education is the story of one man’s discovery of the world outside himself.

 


 

About William Deresiewicz

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WILLIAM DERESIEWICZ was an associate professor of English at Yale University until 2008 and is a widely published book critic. His reviews and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The Nation, Bookforum, and The American Scholar. He was nominated for National Magazine awards in 2008 and 2009 and the National Book Critics Circle's Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing in 2010. He is the author of Jane Austen and the Romantic Poets.
 
Published April 28, 2011 by Penguin Books. 273 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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A literary critic confronts his callow youth and finds salvation in the pages of the English romantic novelist.

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The New York Times

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A memoir of how Jane Austen’s novels transformed one reader’s life, and a study of why we still read the “Lady novelist.”

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The New York Times

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A memoir of how Jane Austen’s novels transformed one reader’s life, and a study of why we still read the “Lady novelist.”

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Los Angeles Times

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A literary critic combines deft descriptions of the novelist's work and a memoir of growing up, with insights gained from her writings.

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BookPage

Equal parts sentimental education and literary guidebook, William Deresiewicz’s enjoyable memoir about coming of age through reading Jane Austen’s novels offers life lessons from which any reader could benefit.

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Open Letters Monthly

Deresiewicz’s ambidextrous essays (they dole out with the forgiving and the damning hand in equal measure) appear with loud frequency in The Nation, the American Scholar and the New Republic, and his Austen knowabout has previously been on ample display in a highly regarded scholarly volume title...

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Boston.com

"A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter" (Penguin), by William Deresiewicz: There's nothing quite like meeting another admirer of your favorite author, finding in that person a similar vigor for the close reading of that author'...

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Bloomberg

Author William Deresiewicz, author of "A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship and the Things That Really Matter."

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