A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About by William Deresiewicz

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 impressive existence classes hidden inside. With humor and candor, Deresiewicz employs his personal studies to illustrate the iconic strength 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 realm open air himself.

A self-styled highbrow insurgent devoted to writers equivalent to James Joyce and Joseph Conrad, Deresiewicz by no means notion Austen's novels might have whatever to supply him. but if he used to be assigned to learn Emma as a graduate scholar at Columbia, whatever notable occurred. Austen's devotion to the standard, and her trust within the worth of standard lives, ignited anything in Deresiewicz. He started 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 folk in his lifestyles constructed the intensity and richness of literary characters-that his personal existence had all at once received the entire fascination of a unique. His genuine schooling had eventually started.

Weaving his personal story-and Austen's-around those her novels inform, Deresiewicz exhibits how her books are either approximately schooling and themselves an schooling. Her heroines find out about friendship and feeling, staying younger and being strong, and, in fact, love. As they develop up, they study classes which are imparted to Austen's reader, who learns and grows by means of their facets.

A Jane Austen Education is a testomony to the transformative strength 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, displaying the relevance of her message and the triumph of her vision.

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The novel’s epic grandeur comes instead from the symbolic structures that Joyce builds around him, starting with the title. Unbeknownst to the man himself, Bloom becomes a modern-day Ulysses, his single day’s journey around Dublin a contemporary equivalent, in minia­ ture, of his predecessor’s ten years of wandering among gods and monsters. The gesture is exhilarating, even ennobling. Like Austen, Joyce was saying that every life, including yours, is heroic in its own way. But the reason Ulysses had never brought me to the recognitions that Emma did was precisely the means by which Joyce had chosen to say it.

Woodhouse and Harriet Smith. Instead of Napoleonic battles and clandestine torture, she chose the dramatic possibilities of card parties and country picnics. She knew what she was about, and refused all temptations to wander from her course. After Emma was ded­ icated, at his own invitation, to the prince regent—Great Brit­ ain’s acting monarch during the senility of his father, George III—Austen heard again from the prince’s librarian, a pompous clergyman named James Stanier Clarke, who had been serving as the regent’s intermediary.

Austen herself made delirious fun of this kind of nonsense when she was young. Her juvenilia—the satirical skits and sketches she produced as a girl for the entertainment of her large, literate, fun-loving family, some of which were written when she was no more than twelve—are full of wicked paro­ dies of this fashionable fluff. ” In another, an infant girl is discovered, perfectly un­ harmed and already able to talk, under a haystack. ” People fall in love at the drop of a hat, children pilfer their parents’ savings, and a man discovers four long-lost grandchildren in rapid succession.

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