Wednesday, July 29, 2009

101 Things You Didn't Know About Jane Austen

Author: Patrice Hannon, PH.D.
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Adams Media (January 19, 2007)
ISBN-10: 1598692844

Product Description:

Sure, we've read the novels, but what do we really know about Jane Austen herself...Who was the Irishman who stole her heart? Why was their affair doomed? Which Austen heroine most resembled Jane herself? Who were the real Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy? In "101 Things You Didn't Know about Jane Austen", readers learn the answers to these fascinating questions and much, much more. As evidenced by the ongoing spate of Austen-inspired films and novels - from the most recent remake of "Pride and Prejudice" starring Keira Knightly to the bestselling novel "The Jane Austen Club" - fans of this celebrated novelist can never get enough Jane Austen. Written in an engaging, easy-to-read format, this lively guide to all things Austen is sure to please romantics everywhere - and just in time for "Becoming Jane", the new film about Jane's own star-crossed love life!

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.

My Review:

I'm a fan of Jane Austen and can't seem to get enough books and movies associated with her. I have several books on her life and the times in which she lived. Each one has its own unique quality and information. "101 Things You Didn't know About Jane Austen" did not dissappoint me. It's a little treasure book of Austen facts.
Just to give you an idea of what you will find in this book, here are a few of the many chapters which are included:

*Bloodline of a genius

*Jane's education

*The other writer in the Austen family

*What did Jane really look like?

*Was Jane Austen a snob?

*Love at first sight

*What do Austen's novels say about beauty?

*What killed Jane Austen?

This little book is compact and easily carried along on a walk or a trip. I have enjoyed my copy and keep it in my purse for those little quiet times alone.

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