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The List Lover's Guide to Jane Austen

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ISBN13: 9781402282034
ISBN10: 1402282036
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Her life, her work, her legacy — step into the world of the incredible Jane Austen.

It's Jane like you've never seen! Through fun and breezy lists, discover everything there is to know about Jane Austen, the sassy literary genius we know and love. Learn her likes and dislikes, her haves and have-nots, where she traveled, how she lived, and who she knew.

With a wealth of little-known and fascinating information, find out:

  • Her friends and her beaux
  • Every place she lived or visited
  • Books in her library
  • Her quirks
  • The last lines of everything she wrote
  • and much more!

Review:

"An amusing and informative compendium of all things Austen." Emily Auerbach, Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, author of Searching for Jane Austen

Review:

"Engaging, entertaining, and well researched, this book should be on every Austen lover's wish list." Carrie Bebris, author of the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mystery series

Review:

"It will teach you new things about Jane Austen's life — we tend to think of her life as a very quiet and confined one, but just look at the list of people she knew and mentions in her letters." Susannah Fullerton, President of the Jane Austen Society of Australia and author of A Dance with Jane Austen and Happily Ever After After

About the Author

Joan Strasbaugh is publisher and editor of Jones Books. She conceived of and coordinated the "Jane Austen in the 21st Century Humanities Festival" at the University of Wisconsin. She is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America and Janeite since 1995.

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Lois Henderson, May 16, 2013 (view all comments by Lois Henderson)
Just as in Jane Austen’s day, all proper young ladies had to be consummate letter writers (as witness the twenty-one letters that play a pivotal role in plot development in Pride and Prejudice), so is the modern-day woman required to be a doyen of list making (so much, in fact, that their doing so has become the subject of many a radio drama/comedy��"just think of BBC Radio 4’s Kerry’s List, for one). If you think of list making as simply being a boring or mundane chore, and as a rather mechanical way of attempting to manage your increasingly hectic lifestyle, think again. It truly can be fun!

Such a sense of thoroughgoing enjoyment is conveyed through Janeite Joan Strasbaugh’s The List Lover’s Guide to Jane Austen. As befits one who is such a keen manager of aspects of the literary world that she was able to mastermind organizing the Jane Austen in the Twenty-first Century Humanities Festival at the University of Wisconsin, her latest book raises the art of annotated list making to the level of a new art.

Not only does Strasbaugh list the details of many aspects of the great novelist Austen’s life (relating to her home, family and friends, among others) that enable one to come to a deeper understanding of her work, but she also provides valuable insights into her writing as well. Best of all, these are not simple lists of objective facts, but enrich one’s grasp on what made Austen such a successful author of universal merit and renown, by including a wealth of relevant quotations that facilitate one’s growing awareness of what gave rise to life, love and laughter during the late Eighteenth and early Nineteenth Century. The sources of said quotations are so various and varied that they provide a rich panoply of outlooks on Austen that could not otherwise easily have been incorporated into such a small volume, and in so easily readable a manner. The text is accompanied by numerous black-and-white illustrations that also serve to increase the reader’s understanding of the milieu within which Austen wrote.

One gains the idea throughout that what Strasbaugh is attempting to do by taking what apparently is a very lighthearted approach to Jane Austen and her world is to entice prospective Janeites into a world in which she delights, for The List Lover’s Guide to Jane Austen has so many hidden depths that it is a provocative and stimulating work, despite its relatively slim size (224 pages in all). A work that deserves to be popular, The List Lover’s Guide could just as easily grace a young girl’s locker as it could an academic’s bookshelf. In short, Strasbaugh deserves to be commended for making a subject that has elicited so much intellectual debate over the years so accessible to all and sundry in the current day.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781402282034
Author:
Strasbaugh, Joan
Publisher:
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20130631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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Product details pages Sourcebooks Casablanca - English 9781402282034 Reviews:
"Review" by , "An amusing and informative compendium of all things Austen." Emily Auerbach, Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, author of Searching for Jane Austen
"Review" by , "Engaging, entertaining, and well researched, this book should be on every Austen lover's wish list."
"Review" by , "It will teach you new things about Jane Austen's life — we tend to think of her life as a very quiet and confined one, but just look at the list of people she knew and mentions in her letters." Susannah Fullerton, President of the Jane Austen Society of Australia and author of A Dance with Jane Austen and Happily Ever After After
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