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Jane Austen Miscellany Hardcover – May 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1402206856 ISBN-10: 1402206852

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402206852
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402206856
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,647,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lesley Bolton is a writer from the Midwest who would, if she could, spend all her time reading Jane Austen and watching the film adaptations of her novels.

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Introduction
Jane Austen's entire body of published work is comprised of a mere six novels. Faithful readers have read them all. In fact, they've read them all more than once. In fact, they reread them on an annual basis. For those who see more, here in this book you will find quotes from your favorite characters, the barbed wit of Jane herself, trivia and tidbits from Jane's life and times, and a peek at the world of film and print that pays homage to Jane.


On December 16, 1775, Jane Austen, one of the world's greatest novelists, was born. She was the seventh child born to Reverend George Austen and his wife, Cassandra. Having produced only six novels, she is nonetheless regarded as one of the most popular authors ever to come from England. Her novels, letters, and minor works have both touched the hearts of casual readers and exercised the brains of scholars. She is at the same time both accessible and untouchable, and she has inspired a veritable industry of sequels, adaptations, movies, and miniseries.

"She was very attractive; her figure was rather tall and slender, her step light and firm, and her whole appearance expressive of health and animation. In complexion she was a clear brunette with a rich colour; she had full round cheeks, with mouth and nose small and well formed, bright hazel eyes, and brown hair forming natural curls close round her face."

-James Edward Austen-Leigh, describing his aunt Jane
The Juvenilia Love and Freindship [sic] (written between 1790 and 1792) is a parody of society's enthusiasm for sensibility in which characters suffer great emotional outbursts and fatal fainting fits. The story opens with a letter from Isabel to Laura: "How often, in answer to my repeated entreaties that you would give my Daughter a regular detail of the Misfortunes and Adventures of your Life, have you said 'No, my freind [sic], never will I comply with your request till I may be no longer in Danger of again experiencing such dreadful ones.'"


"We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend
to it, than any other person can be."
-Fanny Price in Mansfield Park


Jane's World
During the Regency period, use of laudanum was quite rampant. Jane Austen showed the ill effects of drug abuse by the upper classes in the form of the perpetually doped, comically loopy Lady Bertram in Mansfield Park. The Prince Regent was also known to be fond of laudanum, imbibing about 250 drops a day!

Further Reading for Those Who Can't Get Enough
Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife
Darcy & Elizabeth
by Linda Berdoll (2004 and 2006)
These sequels to Pride and Prejudice offer an intimate look at life at Pemberley in an epic, romantic, and often funny way. With lots of sex and some violence, they may be a bit risqué for Austen purists, but the realistic, human view of the Darcys makes each a great read.

More About the Author

Lesley Bolton is a freelance writer and publishing professional with over six years of publishing experience. She is also the author of The Complete Book of Baby Names, The Everything Guide to Writing Children's Books, and The Everything Psychology Book. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Austen on April 1, 2007
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This wonderful little book is full of quotes from Jane's letters and books. In addition you get little tidbits about different movies and mini series that have been made over the years and trivia about Jane's family and different biographies. Also included are the charming illustrations by Henry Matthew Brock and Charles Edmund Brock depicting scenes from her books. I leave this book out on my coffee table for my fellow Jane-ites to enjoy. It is also there for my friends who are just discovering or have not yet discovered the delights of reading Jane Austen. There is always room for another fan of this wonderfully witty woman and helps the neophytes discover "what all the fuss is about."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amazon fan on July 31, 2008
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This little book is filled with fun facts and quotations about Jane and her books. Great for Jane Austen lovers.
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