By William Deresiewicz
An eloquent memoir of a tender man's lifestyles reworked by means of literature.
In A Jane Austen Education, Austen pupil William Deresiewicz turns to the author's novels to bare the notable existence classes hidden inside. With humor and candor, Deresiewicz employs his personal studies to illustrate the iconic energy of Austen's teachings. Progressing from his days as an immature scholar to a fortunately married guy, Deresiewicz's A Jane Austen Education is the tale of 1 man's discovery of the area outdoors himself.
A self-styled highbrow insurgent devoted to writers corresponding to James Joyce and Joseph Conrad, Deresiewicz by no means notion Austen's novels may have something to supply him. but if he used to be assigned to learn Emma as a graduate pupil at Columbia, whatever impressive occurred. Austen's devotion to the typical, and her trust within the price of standard lives, ignited whatever in Deresiewicz. He begun viewing the area via Austen's eyes and treating these round him as generously as Austen handled her characters. alongside the best way, Deresiewicz used to be surprised to find that the folks in his lifestyles built the intensity and richness of literary characters-that his personal existence had without notice bought the entire fascination of a singular. His genuine schooling had ultimately began.
Weaving his personal story-and Austen's-around those her novels inform, Deresiewicz indicates how her books are either approximately schooling and themselves an schooling. Her heroines know about friendship and feeling, staying younger and being solid, and, after all, love. As they develop up, they research classes which are imparted to Austen's reader, who learns and grows by means of their aspects.
A Jane Austen Education is a testomony to the transformative energy of literature, a party of Austen's mastery, and a pleasure to learn. no matter if for a newcomer to Austen or a lifelong devotee, Deresiewicz brings clean insights to the novelist and her cherished works. eventually, Austen's global turns into indelibly entwined with our personal, exhibiting the relevance of her message and the triumph of her vision.
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