The Jane Austen Handbook: Proper Life Skills from Regency England
Long before Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Quirk published this guide to life in Regency England to the delight of Austen fans everywhere. Newly published with a revised cover, The Jane Austen Handbook offers step-by-step instructions for proper comportment in the early 19th century. Readers will discover:
• How to Indicate Interest in a Gentleman Without Seeming...more
If you think that you are going to be sent to sleep with lots of information regarding the regency period, then you are mistaken. This book contains interesting information about the period, much of it, I admit to not knowing about. There are tasty snippets of fun facts, if you like, about Jane Austen novels. I was ...more
By using excepts and examples from JA's books she makes the trip fun and fancy free.
If reading on the Kindle the content seems to end at 77% but close the rating page and read on in the excellent and well researched appendix.
If you are looking for that kind of content, don't read this. Instead, get the Annotated Pride and Prejudice by David Shaphard - much better. ...more
Some interesting ...more
Filled with pertinent facts that every Regency Miss should be aware of to become truly accomplished, it is easy for us to recommend this great little how-to book to our readers because we have used it personally over the past four years whenever we had a question regarding deportment, dancing, playing an instrument, frock shopping and making love (in the Regency context mind you) – the top five most ...more
I get very tired of the "women didn't wear ...more
How to Become an Accomplished Lady
How to Run a Great House
How to Indicate Interest in a Gentleman Without Seeming Forward
How to Throw a Dinner Party
How to ...more
The short chapters are arranged in a logical order with the contents of each chapter ...more
It included information like what the different servants do, correct behavior at a ball, how children were educated, how much someone's ...more
I thought it was awesome how Sullivan gave a little sarcastic twist on things sometimes. For example: In Sense and Sensibility, (whoever is familiar with it), Lucy Steele was secretly engaged to Edward Ferrars. In a chapter in her book titled "How to Carry On a Secret Engagement", the author writes from Lucy's point of view on how to do things. So, it was very amusing when "Lucy" was narrating about how to chase off "poachers" or "fix his little red wagon" because we ...more
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I think I read this in 2010 or 2011; I ran into it while reorganizing my bookshelves the other day.
Was a fun and cute little book.
While not extremely informative on the general time period, it is still a lovely hard cover that talks about societal norms and traditions of the time period and class in which Austen and her work's existed, with excepts or examples from her texts.