ENGLAND - What Matters in Jane Austen? Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved - John Mullan

Let there be no doubt. This book was written for those who read and re-read Jane Austen“. You know who you are. The 'All Six Every Year, as in Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, crowd.

What Matters in Jane Austen? Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved is organized into twenty chapters, each based around questions inspired by the texts and the social history points in her books. According to author John Mullan (see About the Author below), to ignore this will only give the reader a diminished experience of Austen’s technique.

Each chapter in What Matters in Jane Austen? Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved attempts to de-code Jane Austen’s subtle style by concentrating on questions that most readers have, most likely, considered while reading The Six.

Our favorite chapter? Toss up between chapter 6 - Why Is It Risky to Go To The Seaside? and chapter 9 - Which Important Characters Never Speak in the Novels? Whichever chapter you read and re-read, it will certainly make your next 'All Six Every Year' journey all the better.

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  • Condition: New in New dust jacket. Glued binding. Paper over boards
  • Edition: Hardback - Published June 7, 2012
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing / London
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408820117
  • ISBN-10: 1408820110
  • Pages: 342
  • Rating:★★★★ (See FAQs)
  • John Mullan is a Professor of English at University College London specializing in 18th century fiction. He also writes a weekly column on contemporary fiction for The Guardian and occasionally appears as an 18th-century and contemporary literature expert for BBC Two's Newsnight Review and BBC Radio 4's In Our Time.

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