Jane Austen and Her Art

Jane Austen and Her Art First published in this remains a classic study of Jane Austen s genius in the art of fiction The opening section Biography provides an account of Jane Austen s life and development as a write

  • Title: Jane Austen and Her Art
  • Author: Mary Lascelles
  • ISBN: 9781281291752
  • Page: 490
  • Format: ebook
  • First published in 1939, this remains a classic study of Jane Austen s genius in the art of fiction The opening section, Biography, provides an account of Jane Austen s life and development as a writer, from her earliest childhood pieces to the final, unfinished novel, Sanditon, begun early in 1817, a few months before her death.

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    1. A rewarding read, in proportion to which one already possesses a deep familiarity with the novels. I will return to this on careful re-reading of the middle novels, because Lascelles is a fantastic guide to the work. Published in 1939, Lascelles assumes her reader knows not only Austen's work well, but also the titans of English literature who preceded her: Richardson and Fielding primarily, though lesser lights such as Inchbald and Burney and Goldsmith and more are regularly name-checked. In ge [...]

    2. I was very disappointed in this book. Lascelles had brilliant observations on Austen's work. Unfortunately, I had to sift through her ramblings on thoughts on literature and tons of other writers. If focused on Austen, the book would have been at least 100 pages shorter. Good for skimming, but don't waste your time reading the whole book. I also was annoyed by the fact that many of Austen's (& other writer's) quotes she used were repeated several times in the course of the book. It's quite a [...]

    3. If there were a category for Gave Up On Ever Finishing this Book, I would put this one here. Or how about a category for Read All I'm Ever Going To Read?I read doggedly through almost half of this book, but the language is so unnecessarily dense and I wasn't enjoying it. So enough is enough!On the the Annotated P&P!

    4. I liked the idea of the book but I can't complete reading, the aspects covered are not what I thought it will cover. Interesting book.

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