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The Lost Books of Jane Austen by Janine Barchas (University of Texas at Austin)

The Lost Books of Jane Austen

Janine Barchas (University of Texas at Austin)

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Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 8 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9781421431598

Thoroughly innovative and occasionally irreverent, this book will appeal in equal measure to book historians, Austen fans, and scholars of literary celebrity.

5 stars out of 5
John Mullan
11 Dec 2019

"a beautifully illustrated exploration, indeed compendium, of the popular editions of Austen’s novels that have appeared over the last two centuries"

Her book about books is a beautifully illustrated exploration, indeed compendium, of the popular editions of Austen’s novels that have appeared over the last two centuries...B archas enjoys quoting such writers as Mark Twain and Henry James, as they huff and puff about Austen’s mere popularity. The lesson of this delicious book is that she was even more popular for even longer with an even greater variety of readers than we ever thought. When you look at all the uses to which she was put, you think of Frank Kermode’s definition of a literary classic as a work that “sub-sists in change, by being patient of interpretation”. Austen’s novels have long been very patient

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