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The Jane Austen Handbook: A Sensible Yet Elegant Guide to Her World
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Every young lady dreams of a life spent exchanging witty asides with a dashing Mr. Darcy, but how should you let him know your intentions? Seek counsel from this charming guide to Jane Austen’s world. Its step-by-step instructions reveal the practicalities of life in Regency England, including sensible advice on:
• How to behave at your first ball
• How to ride sidesaddle
• How to decline an unwanted marriage proposal
• How to improve your estate
• How to throw a dinner party
—and much more. Offering readers a glimpse into day-to-day life in Jane Austen’s time, The Jane Austen Handbook is the perfect companion for fans of her novels and their film adaptations, complete with detailed information on love among the social classes, currency, dress, and nuances of graceful living.
Jane Austen published her first novel in 1811, but today she's more popular than ever. Film adaptations of her books are nominated for Academy Awards. Chick lit bestsellers are based on her plots. And a new biopic of Austen herself Becoming Jane arrives in theaters this spring.
For all those readers who dream about living in Regency England, The Jane Austen Handbook offers step-by-step instructions for proper comportment in the early nineteenth century. You'll discover:
How to Become an Accomplished Lady
How to Run a Great House
How to Indicate Interest in a Gentleman Without Seeming Forward
How to Throw a Dinner Party
How to Choose and Buy Clothing
Full of practical directions for navigating the travails of Regency life, this charming illustrated book also serves as a companion for present-day readers, explaining the English class system, currency, dress, and the nuances of graceful living.
For those readers who dream about living in Regency England, this witty literary handbook offers step-by-step instructions for personal conduct in the 19th century. This charming illustrated guide also decodes the English class system, dress, and nuances of Austen's era.
About the Author
MARGARET C. SULLIVAN is the editrix of Austenblog.com. She lives in Philadelphia.
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