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Product Details

  • Series: 101 Things
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (January 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598692844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598692846
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,644,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Patrice Hannon, Ph.D. (New York, NY), received her doctorate in English literature from Rutgers University. She is the author of Dear Jane Austen: A Heroine's Guide to Life and Love. Among her publications on British literature is "Austen Novels and Austen Films: Incompatible Worlds", which appeared in Persuasions: The Journal of the Jane Austen Society of North America. She has taught Austen's novels to hundreds of students at several colleges.

Customer Reviews

I have enjoyed my copy and keep it in my purse for those little quiet times alone.
B. Davis
Fine book, and any fan of the the novels or new-to-the-field scholar would find it packed full of fun information and prompts for further study.
Kathryn Miller
I purchased this book in conjunction with a class I am taking on Jane Austen books.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Miller on December 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
This little book, while infinitely readable, was also packed full of wonderful scholarship. I read the book after I finished the last of the 6 main publications of Jane Austen and found its organization so conducive to bringing together themes and tropes in the novels. Dr. Hannon has found a very fine balance between interesting and salacious details (like the romantic interests in Austen's too-short life) to literary scholarship (most interestingly for me, her discussion of the treatment of parents in the novels, and how they don't paint a very fine picture of marital bliss). With Jane Austen, you either get silly books full of fluff, or boring attempts to keep the work as scholastic as possible, but Dr. Hannon has found a nice way to blend these two situations for both types of readers -- serious scholars and Janeites.

I didn't expect to read this book as a narrative, straight through from beginning to end, but I did, and loved the way information was organized and presented. There is a references page, but very little citation within the text. Most of what I read, though, was familiar, and only really revolutionary in the way it was brought together to concentrate on recurring images, themes, and tropes in the works (including all the Juvenilia and other unpublished/unfinished novels). Section headings include "Bad Boys," "Prudence and Romance," and four sections on "Fine Naval Fervour." Inbetween are also sections frm Austen's life rather than her novels, such as "Arrested for Shoplifting," and "Dedicated to the One I Hate." There is also a ton of accessible information on publishing and the market (from the gothic to marriage market novels). Fine book, and any fan of the the novels or new-to-the-field scholar would find it packed full of fun information and prompts for further study.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Austen Lover on December 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
I am surprised at the other glowing reviews. If you've read Austen's six major works, you know probably 90% of what is in this book. It is NOT things you didn't know about Jane Austen (or, as the back cover asserts, "long-kept secrets of literature's leading lady"); rather it is themes/ideas/character traits from all of her books thrown together and sorted. I expected to read trivia about Austen's life; I did not expect most of the book to be about the characters she created. If you were to remove all the quotes from the six novels (never mind the letters and juvenilia ), I'd guess it would reduce the content by half. I'm a huge fan and have read the majors repeatedly, so entire sections on similarities in the characters of different novels was, frankly, boring. To be fair, there were lots of tidbits about Austen's life, but if you've read a biography of Austen, you'll know all of these.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laurel Ann VINE VOICE on July 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
Most biographies of Jane Austen will reveal the quiet life of maiden Aunt Jane, who scribbled in secret, loved to dance, and lived her entire life in the country removed from the chaos of the world. Did you also know that she was also romantic, tragic and mysterious? Patrice Hannon's 101 Things You Didn't Know About Jane Austen: The Truth About The World's Most Intriguing Literary Heroine,is a gem of little Austenisms quite suitable for gift giving. Despite having one of the longest and most misleading titles of any book about Jane Austen of recent memory, the contents are as appealing as the easy to read format. In Jane Austen's 18th-century world, acquired knowledge was considered one of the most powerful and important skills of a polished society. Today we recognize the same benefits, but want our education to be forthright and expeditious. For anyone interested in the knowledge of Jane Austen's life and works in a compact and fact driven format, this book can serve as a great resource and quick reference. Categorized into seven parts Birth of a Heroine, Brilliant Beginnings, Silence and Disappointed Love, The Glorious Years, Heroes and Heroines, Untimely Death, and Austen and Popular Culture: From Eighteenth Century to the Twenty-First, this illuminating guide takes you through all aspects of Jane Austen's life journey and writing experience, revealing common facts, new insights, and minutia. If you are interested, as I was, to know which heroine most resembles the author herself, who were the real Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy and why Jane never married, you will not be disappointed in this bright little book that is well researched, engaging, and incredibly practical.

Laurel Ann, Austenprose
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Musselman on September 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
In fact, as a Jane Austen fan since college, I already knew all 101 of these things.

If you're new to Jane Austen and want a glimpse into her life, this book is great. Well written, accurate, intelligently organized. But if you've soaked up everything Jane Austen you can get your hands on, there's no new information in this book. Thus, the 2 starts. I was hoping for something new!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr RD on August 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
I got this book for my friend's birthday since she is obsessed with Jane Austen (as am I). This book is great for someone who wants to learn about Jane's life. You will learn many interesting things along the way, but I thought most of the information I had heard of before. Nevertheless, it's a great, fun read, and a cute gift for Jane Austen fanatics.
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