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Matters of fact in Jane Austen : history, location, and celebrity

Author: Janine Barchas
Publisher: Baltimore : The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : Johns Hopkins paperback edition, 2013View all editions and formats
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In Matters of Fact in Jane Austen: History, Location, and Celebrity, Janine Barchas makes the bold assertion that Jane Austen's novels allude to actual high-profile politicians and contemporary celebrities as well as to famous historical figures and landed estates. Barchas is the first scholar to conduct extensive research into the names and locations in Austen's fiction by taking full advantage of the explosion of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Genealogy
History
Named Person: Jane Austen; Jane Austen; Jane Austen; Jane Austen; Jane Austen
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Janine Barchas
ISBN: 9781421411910 1421411911
OCLC Number: 857671486
Description: xiii, 317 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: "History, real solemn history" in Austen --
"Quite unconnected" : the Wentworths and Lady Susan --
Mapping Northanger Abbey to find "Old Allen" of Prior Park --
Touring Farleigh Hungerford Castle and remembering Miss Tilney-Long --
"The celebrated Mr. Evelyn" of the Sylva in Burney and Austen --
Hell-fire Jane : Dashwood celebrity and Sense and sensibility --
Persuasion's battle of the books : Baronetage versus Navy list --
Afterword: Jane Austen's fictive network.
Responsibility: Janine Barchas.

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