By William Deresiewicz
An eloquent memoir of a tender man's existence remodeled by means of literature.
In A Jane Austen Education, Austen pupil William Deresiewicz turns to the author's novels to bare the extraordinary existence classes hidden inside. With humor and candor, Deresiewicz employs his personal studies to illustrate the long-lasting 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 outdoor himself.
A self-styled highbrow insurgent devoted to writers comparable to James Joyce and Joseph Conrad, Deresiewicz by no means idea Austen's novels may have something to provide him. but if he was once assigned to learn Emma as a graduate scholar at Columbia, whatever striking occurred. Austen's devotion to the typical, 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 taken care of her characters. alongside the best way, Deresiewicz was once surprised to find that the folks in his lifestyles built the intensity and richness of literary characters-that his personal existence had without warning obtained the entire fascination of a singular. His actual schooling had ultimately all 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 know about friendship and feeling, staying younger and being strong, and, in fact, love. As they develop up, they research classes which are imparted to Austen's reader, who learns and grows by way of their aspects.
A Jane Austen Education is a testomony to the transformative energy of literature, a party of Austen's mastery, and a pleasure to learn. even 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, exhibiting the relevance of her message and the triumph of her vision.
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A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter by William Deresiewicz