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

By William Deresiewicz

An eloquent memoir of a tender man's existence reworked by way of literature.

In A Jane Austen Education, Austen student William Deresiewicz turns to the author's novels to bare the extraordinary lifestyles classes hidden inside of. With humor and candor, Deresiewicz employs his personal reports to illustrate the iconic energy of Austen's teachings. Progressing from his days as an immature pupil to a fortunately married guy, Deresiewicz's A Jane Austen Education is the tale of 1 man's discovery of the area open air himself.

A self-styled highbrow insurgent devoted to writers equivalent to James Joyce and Joseph Conrad, Deresiewicz by no means proposal Austen's novels might have whatever to provide him. but if he was once assigned to learn Emma as a graduate scholar at Columbia, whatever impressive occurred. Austen's devotion to the standard, and her trust within the price of normal lives, ignited whatever 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 used to be surprised to find that the folk in his existence built the intensity and richness of literary characters-that his personal existence had by surprise got all of the fascination of a singular. His actual schooling had eventually all started.

Weaving his personal story-and Austen's-around those her novels inform, Deresiewicz indicates 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, after all, 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 energy 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 international turns into indelibly entwined with our personal, displaying the relevance of her message and the triumph of her vision.

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The train could carry me to London - the bookshops, tea at Bertaux', a night in a bar; but I resist. Film had me by the tail. Once it was naively adventurous - it seemed then there were mountains to climb. So I slogged onwards and upwards, often against a gale, only to arrive exhausted, and find I had climbed a molehill from where I had a view of a few yards, not endless mountain vistas. All around the traps were set. Traps of notoriety and expectation, of collaboration and commerce, of fame and fortune.

I felt the interviewer's reproach. This evening, just alive from Berlin for RAI's cultural news, the ghost at the banquet. I've spent the afternoons and evenings reading the new biography of Eric 24 FEBRUARY Gill who, although eccentric, even silly, attempted to fuse his art and life, throwing his body into the struggle. Whitman, Carpenter, Gill and, nearer in time, Ian Hamilton Finlay and John Berger seem all to have set off on that old straight track, a road pioneered by Mr. and Mrs. William Blake playing Adam and Eve nude in their London garden.

At the end of the road the valerian is already flowering. The warm winter has scrambled the calendar - last year I filmed it in full bloom early in July. Thursday 30 March 30 is my parent's wedding anniversary, neither of whom were particularly interested in gardening. Though in our family film it might seem otherwise: my mother picking the roses, and dad pushing a large wheelbarrow jauntily along blooming herbaceous borders. On this day nearly 50 years ago my parents posed for their wedding photo under a daffodil bell hanging in the lych gate of Holy Trinity, Northwood.

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