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Jane Austen is unique among British novelists in maintaining her popular appeal while receiving more scholarly attention now than ever before. This introduction by Janet Todd, leading scholar and editor of Austen's work, explains what students need to know about her novels, life, context and reception. Each novel is discussed in detail, and the essential information is given about her life and literary influences, her novels and letters, and her impact on later literature. For this second edition, the book has been fully revised; a new chapter explores the ways in which Austen's work has prompted imitations, adaptations and creative spin-offs. Key areas of current critical focus are considered throughout, but the book's analysis remains thoroughly grounded in readings of the texts themselves. Janet Todd outlines what makes Austen's prose style so innovative and gives useful starting points for the study of the major works, with suggestions for further reading.Read more
- This revised edition offers an invaluable, up-to-date introduction for those new to studying Austen's work
- A comprehensive overview of Austen's life, work, contexts and reception
- Written by a senior scholar and editor of Austen
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- Edition: 2nd Edition
- Date Published: April 2015
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107100251
- length: 190 pages
- dimensions: 231 x 155 x 13 mm
- weight: 0.43kg
- contains: 1 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Life and times
2. The literary context
3. Northanger Abbey
4. Sense and Sensibility
5. Pride and Prejudice
6. Mansfield Park
9. Austenmania: Jane Austen's global life
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