A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen
Nor do we need such a great deal of ingenuity to see that all, or nearly all, the great issues in human life make their appearance on Jane Austen's narrow stage. True, it is only a stage of petty do ...more
A: There have been so many excellent essays written on Jane Austen! Most of them endeavor to clarify some aspect of the novels—the what, when, how, etc.—and these can be extraordinarily helpful. But then there are other essays which tackle what is, in my opinion, the big question: the why. Not, for instance, how can we understand the relationshi ...more
A Truth Universally Acknowledged is a collection of essays from literary scholars, contemporary authors, literature professors, critics, novelists, playwrights, and academics, to name a few. Some of these writers are men and others are women, some are at the beginning of their career and others are at their apex, some lived during the nineteenth century while others are alive during the twenty-first century. In their individual essays each writer ponders, analyzes, evaluates, explains o ...more
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An intelligent and very interesting essay collection about Jane Austen and her timeless novels. This anthology surprised me with its great variety of topics and authors; writers such as C. S. Lewis, Austen-devotees such as Janet Todd, literary critics such as the famous Harold Bloom and even the brilliant E. M. Forster contributes to this lovely little collection. It makes for great entertainment, a lovely ...more
I stumbled over this book during a visit to Mr B's Emporium in Bath (magical place!) and have been saving it ever since for my next Austen in August. I had never heard of it but was instantly smitten with the premise. The book's subtitle is "33 Reasons Why We Can't Stop Reading Jane Austen". My only complaint might be that surely there could be more. A Truth Universally Acknowledged draws together essays from writers both old and new, w ...more
This type of book--a collection of essays and articles--was more popular pre-internet days. How convenient to have a bound collection of essays and articles about a favorite or much-referenced writer or literary movement. Now ...more
A collection of essays from famous writers about Jane Austen's books and why we read them. I've gather a lot of different perspectives on her books; some offered how her writing captivates the readers, some gave opinions on what she tried to deliver through the stories and some explained why he/she kept reading the particular title. I had fun reading this!
This book made me reread Austin. For those Austinites I'm preaching to the choir but for those of you who turn up your nose at such, "old fashioned, boring, mindnumblingly sexist books," I say poo on you! You narrow minded ninny! Jane Austin's one of the founders of the modern novel and one of (if not the) the first to write from an exclusively woman's points of view. Stop acting like you know how an 18th century women would feel because that's how YOU would feel.
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Each book gets their own series of essays and it actually made me think more about my own techinque as a writer. It also made me reconsider what i like and dislike about the various novels and has made me eager to read all of the works in short order!
33 writers (some of them great) on why they love or read Jane Austen. They disagree on which book is the best, which heroine is the most developed, which ending the most true. It was wonderful to immerse myself in reading the intelligent and sometimes witty thoughts of others who appreciate Austen.
There were a couple though that I completely disagreed with. That is my own opinion, so I will let other readers decide for themselves.
I personally would not recommend, but only becau ...more
Jane Austen's stage, then, is narrow; it is also devoted to entertainment; and we may fail to recognize the great issues of life in their humorous garb unless we are prepared to view the comic mode as an entertainment which can be both intellectually and morally serious. - Ian Watt - On Sense and Sensbility”