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?A series of letters in Jane Austen's voice, full of common sense and bracing admonitions? [There are] few Janeites who will not enjoy spending a few afternoons caught up in the fantasy.? ?Austenblog.com

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Written with all the charm, wit, and wisdom one might expect from the author of Pride and Prejudice, reading Dear Jane Austen is like spending a wonderful afternoon with the novelist herself. A treat for any Austen fan! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (June 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452288940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452288942
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A quick end of summer read.
Carol P. Mills
The questions are very specific and the answers are thought out and very well written.
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I found myself utterly charmed by her Jane Austen "voice".
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sally J. Hartzell on January 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
What a delightful surprise to find all that I love about Jane Austen and her novels so beautifully celebrated in "Dear Jane Austen". Every cleverly written word rings true and will satisfy those who have read Austen often and well. The allusions to the Brontes, George Eliot and even Ernest Hemingway are artful and amusing. I confess that my own character is improving enormously as I faithfully follow the wise counsel of the incomprable Miss Austen. What a treat!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Lesley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 27, 2007
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It is very obvious that Patrice Hannon has taught English literature, and in particular Jane Austen, because of the idea and execution of this book. I found myself utterly charmed by her Jane Austen "voice".

At first, I was a little hesitant about how I would bridge the time-span gap for Jane Austen giving advice on life and love to twenty-first century heroines. Hannon herself advises readers (in the Author's Notes) to not "dip in" and read sections out of order but to proceed in an orderly fashion so that the framework of the book can be revealed in a very particular way. I had a dilemma. Should I follow my inclinations and read Chapter Five, A Heroine Knows a Hero When She Sees One--Or Does She? first, as I wanted to? Or should I follow the advice of the person who actually put this book together from concept to print? Luckily for me, I decided to follow her advice and I read it all the way through for my first, but surely not my last, "dip". It is sound advice. A reader needs to understand who's who and what is happening to and around "Jane" in order to keep from being confused.

Jane Austen is still living in the early 1800's. The letters are all from would-like-to-be heroines who are living in the twenty-first century. How was this possible? I still can't answer that question. The final page and a half of the book may be an explanation. But then, maybe not. Two friends could have some really good conversation over that. I'm looking forward to it!

Austen gets letters from modern young women asking her very specific questions of how she or her heroines would have dealt with problems they are encountering now. All the answers come from Austen's real life experiences or from her writings and the experiences of her characters in all her books.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann Linahan on July 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
Patrice Hannon captures Jane Austen's voice perfectly. The conceit of this book is Jane Austen as a sort of Dear Abby for 21st century young singles, or aspiring "heroines." Funny, witty, and wise. I believe Jane Austen herself would love this book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ratmammy VINE VOICE on October 3, 2007
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DEAR JANE AUSTEN: A Heroine's Guide to Life and Love by Patrice Hannon
October 3, 2007

Rating: 4 Stars

Here's a must-have for Jane Austen fans and fans of good literature everywhere. DEAR JANE AUSTEN is a collection of fictional letters written by Jane Austen to women of the 21st century who write to her for advice on love and other related topics. Patrice Hannon, an expert on all things Jane Austen, has done an excellent job in creating these letters in the same voice and writing style that one has come to recognize. Topics addressed by Miss Austen including tips on extra-marital sex, finances, etiquette, family matters, and how to recognize the special man that may become ones future husband.

DEAR JANE AUSTEN is a very short book, approximately 150 pages in length, but I didn't find it a fast read. This does not read like a contemporary book but as if it were written in the 1800's. But don't let this stop you. For the true Jane Austen fan, this is a definite must-read. Run to your nearest bookstore or order it online. You will not regret it, as it was a very enjoyable experience.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Cochran on October 15, 2008
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The construct of this book is a clever one: Hannon creates fictitious letters from modern women asking for advice on a range of issues, from low self-esteem and dysfunctional families to premarital sex and cohabitation, beauty tips and personal finances to, of course, marriage. She then responds to these very modern queries in the voice of Jane Austen herself--a voice that Hannon captures with near perfection. By drawing upon examples from all of Austen's work to illustrate her advice, as well as creating a fictional narrative that sheds light on Austen's life, Hannon displays her impressively in-depth knowledge of Austen and her novels. Hannon's work is infused with Austen's spirit, and her analysis of scenes, characters, and themes--both major and minor--from all of her novels is a treat for any Austen fan.

Yet the most important, and certainly the most valuable, aspect of Hannon's work is the advice she provides to soothe the woes of her modern-day correspondents, woes to which many a modern female will certainly relate. In contrast to the Austen advice guides that adapt Austen's ideals to fit twenty-first century manners and mores, Hannon preserves Austen's eighteenth-century mentality--and morality. And, amazingly enough, her advice is perfectly relevant and much more sensible than any reconstruction of it could ever be, as she stresses the importance of integrity, propriety, and poise, among many other virtues, with graceful wit. Austen fans will find Hannon's work a treasure trove of quotes, characterizations, and reminiscences from Austen's novels; and all readers will recognize the universal relevance and wisdom of Austen's ideals.
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