Tuesday, December 16, 2014

December 16: Jane Austen's Birthday

Happy 239th Birthday Jane
She still rocks!

Here's one to consider for your shelves...

Growing Older with Jane Austen
by Maggie Lane
Amazon | Goodreads
just released: November 2014

A lively, well-researched, expert study of aging in the literature of Jane Austen

There is no doubt that Jane Austen is enduringly popular with both a general readership and academics. But amid the wealth of approaches to her life and work, no one has made a full-length study of the concept of aging in her novels, and this book sets out to fill that gap. With chapters on the loss of youth and beauty, old wives, old maids, merry widows, and dowager despots, the theme allows for a lively exploration of many of Austen's most memorable characters. There are also chapters on hypochondria and illness, age and poverty, and death and wills.

The book draws on the six novels, major literary fragments, Austen's own letters, and the reminiscences of family members and contemporaries. Real-life examples are used to underline the fidelity of Austen's fictional representation. Austen's wry approach to the perils and consolations of growing older is bound to strike chords with many.


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