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Jane Austen : a companion

Author: Josephine Ross
Publisher: New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This up-to-date companion is the only general guide to Jane Austen, her work, and her world. Josephine Ross explores the literary scene during the time Austen's works first appeared: the books considered classics then, the 'horrid novels' and romances, and the grasping publishers. She looks at the architecture and decor of Austen's era that made up 'the profusion and elegance of modern taste': Regency houses for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Jane Austen; Jane Austen; Jane Austen; Jane Austen; Jane Austen; Jane Austen; Jane Austen
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Josephine Ross
ISBN: 081353299X 9780813532998 0813539544 9780813539546
OCLC Number: 50774541
Notes: Originally published: London : John Murray, 2002.
Description: xi, 259 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: A brief life --
"The common daily routine" --
"The present fashions" --
"The subject of books" --
"Of lovers and husbands" --
"The beauty of the place" --
"The distinction of rank" --
"Politics and public events".
Responsibility: Josephine Ross.

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"This up-to-date companion is the only general guide to Jane Austen, her work, and her world. Josephine Ross explores the literary scene during the time Austen's works first appeared: the books considered classics then, the 'horrid novels' and romances, and the grasping publishers. She looks at the architecture and decor of Austen's era that made up 'the profusion and elegance of modern taste': Regency houses for instance, Chippendale furniture, 'picturesque scenery.' On the smaller scale she answers questions that may baffle modern readers of Austen's work. What, for example, was 'hartshorn'? How did Lizzy Bennet 'let down' her gown to hide her muddy petticoat? Ross shows us the fashions, and the subtle ways Jane Austen used clothes to express her characters. Courtship, marriage, adultery, class and 'rank,' mundane tasks of ordinary life, all appear, as does the wider political and military world--especially the navy, in which her brothers served"--Jacket.

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