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Miniatures and Morals Paperback – September 15, 2004
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An excellent text for a newbie or for a well studied Austen-phile.
I do not know which is more difficult, getting six junior high boys interested in the works of Jane Austen, or motivating myself to teach them "Pride and Prejudice". But this became an intricate puzzle of history and literature that both, myself and my students, accepted as an adventure and a struggle worthy to fight.
Above all, I highly recommend this book as it was very beneficial for me and my students. If you are looking for a platform to use to jump into the works of Jane Austen then I would ask that you consider Peter Leithart's, "Miniatures and Morals" as you secondary resource, for it is unquestionable that you supplement that for Jane Austen. Read Austen with your left and have Leithart in your right.
Leithart takes Austen's books and explores the unique Christian theme in each. Mansfield Park's, for example, is the idea of ordination/vocation, and the opposing ways that London society and the Church influence morality; Emma's is charity. Of course, one does not need to be a Christian to enjoy reading Jane Austen, but Leithart proves that her writing is most meaningful for those who are. Unfortunatly, the "scholars" who really need to read this book, probably never will. Leithart makes the subject accessible and interesting, and his writing echos Austen's humor.
My only caveat: you should read each of Austen's major novels at least once before you attempt this book. Or better yet, read through this as you read through them.
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Not my favorite commentary on Jane Austen's novels. First of all, the author's tone was annoyingly high-and-mighty. Read morePublished on November 10, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Absolutely love this book! The author has done a wonderful job and there is much insight to Jane Austen's novels. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Jane Austen.Published on December 2, 2009 by Svd1