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All Things Austen: A Concise Encyclopedia of Austen's World Paperback – Abridged, October 30, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1846450525 ISBN-10: 1846450527 Edition: abridged edition

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  • Series: All Things
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood; abridged edition edition (October 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846450527
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846450525
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,264,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A godsend to lovers of Jane Austen, this encyclopedia based on the critically acclaimed All Things Austen (Greenwood 2005), provides handy explanations and discussions of a broad range of mystifying topics encountered in her novels. Life in the Navy, the difference between a gig and a curricle, the etiquette of balls, the fashions of bonnets and many other tricky subjects are illuminated in a clear and entertaining style for those who would like to picture Austen's world a little more clearly.

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Kirstin Olsen is a freelance writer and the author of several reference works, including All Things Shakespeare (2007).

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laurel Ann VINE VOICE on January 18, 2009
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Did you know that a phaeton was one of the most dangerous carriages used in the Georgian and Regency period? Its tall design and overall lightness made it vulnerable to tipping, and may be one of the reasons why Jane Austen chose to use it in the carriage accident scene in her early novel Love and Friendship. Knowing this fact sheds a whole new light when we see one used again in Pride and Prejudice by the heiress Anne de Bourgh. Is Austen sending us another message by her selection of carriage? Unless the reader knows the difference between a phaeton, barouche or gig and their safety, they are missing out on important character analysis.

All Things Austen: A Concise Encyclopedia of Austen's World can clarify the puzzling bits about the Georgian and Regency world. Offering modern readers a great resource into Austen's cultural, political and physical environments, this concise volume is arranged alphabetically by topic and cross referenced to actual passages in the third edition of the Oxford Illustrated Novels of Jane Austen. Readers can identify items or subjects mentioned in her text and discover their use or meanings in context to the times. With well over 70 topics ranging from social titles and rank, life in the military or taking the waters in Bath, each well researched and expertly described entry will give Jane Austen students and devotees a wealth of historical and cultural information.

This new volume is actually a condensed version of All Things Austen: An Encyclopedia of Austen's World, an extensive two volume set published in 2005. Author Kirstin Olsen has paired down her full encyclopedia by selecting key topics still supplying more than enough information to keep you well informed and reading for hours.
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