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Reading Austen in America
Reading Austen in America presents a colorful, compelling account of how an appreciative audience for Austen's novels originated and developed in America, and how American readers contributed to the rise of Austen's international fame. Drawing on a range of sources that have never before come to light, Juliette Wells solves the long-standing bibliographical mystery of how ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 5th 2017 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Reading Austen in America by Juliette Wells, Professor of English at Goucher College in Baltimore, is an in-depth study of Jane Austen's earliest readers in America. In the first part of her book, Wells discusses the history of the first Austen novel to be published in the United States: the 1816 Philadelphia edition of Emma, published by Mathew Carey. This was the only edition of an Austen novel to be published in the United States in her lifetime. Carey did not obtain permission to publish it, ...more
I found this disappointingly dull. This is not the author's fault; I just wanted it to be a different book -- I am more interested in lit crit and less in book collecting. I am awarding one bonus star because I fell in love with the Quincy sisters.