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Jane Austen and the Romantic Poets Hardcover – January 5, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0231134149 ISBN-10: 0231134142
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Editorial Reviews


Comprehensive in its scope, ambitious in its aims.

(Michael Caines Times Literary Supplement)

This is an important, well-written book that makes a number of bold claims about Austen's work.

(Beth Lau Newsletter of the Jane Austen Society of North America 1900-01-00)


William Deresiewicz makes an elegant case for the idea that Jane Austen's encounter with the Romantic poets revolutionized her understanding of human existence. The complexity and wisdom of her late novels spring from a new conception of time, marginality, and loss that is thoroughly Romantic.

(Tobin Siebers, University of Michigan)|

William Deresiewicz's finely written and brilliantly conceived exploration of the influence of the romantic poets on Jane Austen addresses with extraordinary historical precision and critical sensitivity an issue which up to now in Austen studies has only been touched on. I am delighted that someone has addressed the issue more fully at last. Deresiewicz's nuanced and complex readings will deepen the ways we have understood Austen's last three novels and revitalize the larger question of Austen's relations with her literary contemporaries. This is a extraordinarily eloquent and original book, a joy to read, one of the most significant studies of Austen's work to have come along. It will have a major influence on future directions in Austen studies.

(Susan Morgan, Miami University)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (January 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231134142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231134149
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,164,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Deresiewicz was an associate professor of English at Yale University until 2008 and is a widely published book critic. His reviews and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The Nation, Bookforum, and The American Scholar. He was nominated for National Magazine awards in 2008 and 2009 and the National Book Critics Circle's Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing in 2010.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary M. Watson on July 25, 2014
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This is strictly for Jane Austen deep readers (addicts). It would be necessary to have read all 6 novels at least once and I would highly recommend Bill Deresiewicz' other fine book "My Jane Austen Education." He writes clearly and has his facts straight. I am also learning a lot about the Romantic Poets.
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