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What Became of Jane Austen? And Other Questions

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Hardcover, 223 pages
Published October 1st 1971 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P (first published 1970)
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I frequently annoy people by saying that I don't see the point of reading books in translation. I should say that it's really Kingsley Amis's fault. I came across one of his essays at an impressionable age (I think it's in this collection, though I'm not 100% sure), and his argument seemed quite irrefutable.

"Would you want to read a paraphrase of Hamlet?" asks Amis. "No? Then why do you want to read literature in translation?"

Do you know: up to that moment, I'd read quite a lot of stuff in tran
Edward Waverley
Nov 02, 2009 Edward Waverley rated it really liked it
If anyone on staff is interested, I'd be happy to submit a scan of the dust jacket of my copy. It's beautiful enough to be bothered about. It features six snapshots of a few of the figures Amis is concerned with in his essays, Jane Austen, Christopher Lee (the actor), Charles Dickens, DH Lawrence, Peter Cushing (the actor), and Ian Fleming.

If you compare this collection of lit crit and pop rumination to similar recent efforts by Updike, Hitchens, or even Amis' son Martin, you'll find it far more
Peter Dunn
May 11, 2016 Peter Dunn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Amis on everything from Jane Austen to religion. Yes it is often a bit of rant but what else would you expect in the potentially explosive combination of an opinionated Amis in the format of a newspaper column which itself has long pushed writers into strong opinions expressed at speed?

However these are erudite and entertaining rants, even if we can’t always agree with what he has to say. His opening shot at Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park is spot on in praising Austen as a writer while acc
Anna C
Jan 05, 2015 Anna C rated it did not like it
"What Became of Jane Austen" was actually the first book placed on my to-read shelf. I have been actively searching for this for almost two years. You see, when you boycott Amazon and shop exclusively at local used bookstores, it can be difficult to find a British essay collection that went out of print before my parents were born.

I wanted this book for three reasons. I was disappointed on all counts.

1. Amis's critique of Jane Austen-
Although he did allude to the famous bit about Austen spendin
Apr 30, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it
The first few essays were something of a let-down, and considering I was not at all pleased with Amis' 'Anti-Death League', I guess I was ready to condemn the rest of them. Then Amis started talking horror movies and I have to admit I started to enjoy what I was reading. I stand corrected as far as this book goes. Will I read more of his works? We shall see.
Apr 04, 2012 Jc rated it really liked it
Damn good set of essays.
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Sir Kingsley William Amis, CBE, was an English novelist, poet, critic, and teacher. He wrote more than twenty novels, three collections of poetry, short stories, radio and television scripts, and books of social and literary criticism. He fathered the English novelist Martin Amis.

Kingsley Amis was born in Clapham, Wandsworth, Couty of London (now South London), England, the son of William Robert A
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