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The Language of Jane Austen
For much of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the prevailing critical view was that Jane Austen has no discernible style; that as a result of her genius, her writing is simply effortless. The most influential proponent of this view was her most respected editor, R. W. Chapman, who doubted whether she "was conscious of having a style of her own. Outside her dialogue ...more
Published April 13th 2018 by Palgrave MacMillan
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Jan 12, 2020 Julie Bozza rated it it was amazing
My first read of the year, and deliberately so! This gives a great account of the complexities and layers involved in Austen's writing style, which is usually dismissed as simple or just plain old "proper" prose. She's my writing mentor, so it was great to delve into the details of what makes her so great. Loved it!