A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About by William Deresiewicz

By William Deresiewicz

An eloquent memoir of a tender man's lifestyles reworked via literature.

In A Jane Austen Education, Austen student William Deresiewicz turns to the author's novels to bare the extraordinary lifestyles classes hidden inside of. With humor and candor, Deresiewicz employs his personal studies to illustrate the long-lasting energy of Austen's teachings. Progressing from his days as an immature scholar to a fortunately married guy, Deresiewicz's A Jane Austen Education is the tale of 1 man's discovery of the area outdoor himself.

A self-styled highbrow insurgent devoted to writers akin to James Joyce and Joseph Conrad, Deresiewicz by no means inspiration Austen's novels might have something to provide him. but if he used to be assigned to learn Emma as a graduate pupil at Columbia, whatever awesome occurred. Austen's devotion to the standard, and her trust within the worth of normal lives, ignited anything in Deresiewicz. He all started viewing the realm via Austen's eyes and treating these round him as generously as Austen handled her characters. alongside the best way, Deresiewicz was once surprised to find that the folk in his lifestyles constructed the intensity and richness of literary characters-that his personal existence had by surprise received the entire fascination of a singular. His actual schooling had eventually all started.

Weaving his personal story-and Austen's-around those her novels inform, Deresiewicz exhibits how her books are either approximately schooling and themselves an schooling. Her heroines know about friendship and feeling, staying younger and being solid, and, in fact, love. As they develop up, they study classes which are imparted to Austen's reader, who learns and grows by way of their aspects.

A Jane Austen Education is a testomony to the transformative energy of literature, a party of Austen's mastery, and a pleasure to learn. no matter if for a newcomer to Austen or a lifelong devotee, Deresiewicz brings clean insights to the novelist and her loved works. eventually, Austen's international turns into indelibly entwined with our personal, displaying the relevance of her message and the triumph of her vision.

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And of course, at the last minute, by grace of the author and a heap of coincidences, a happy ending. Austen herself made delirious fun of this kind of nonsense when she was young. Her juvenilia—the satirical skits and sketches she produced as a girl for the entertainment of her large, literate, fun-loving family, some of which were written when she was no more than twelve—are full of wicked paro­ dies of this fashionable fluff. ” In another, an infant girl is discovered, perfectly un­ harmed and already able to talk, under a haystack.

A man of very good fortune, but considerably older than herself. You will not expect to hear that I was asked to dance—but I was—by the Gentleman whom we met that Sunday with Capt. D’auvergne. We have always kept up a Bowing ac­ quaintance since, & being pleased with his black eyes, I spoke to him at the Ball, which brought on me this civility; but I do not know his name,—& he seems so little at home in the English Language that I beleive his black eyes may be the best of him. The Tables are come, & give general contentment.

Or no, that wasn’t the first step. The first step had been reading Emma. CHAPTER 2 pride and prejudice growing up Those first years in graduate school, I lived in a dingy little university apartment that I shared with a random series of business students who’d been assigned to the same space. They would go to corporate-sponsored happy hours and come back flushed with cocktails and job prospects, or bring their friends back to the apartment and whoop it up in front of the TV. I’d hole up in my room, burrowing like a hamster.

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