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Jane Austen and Names by Maggie Lane
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bookshelves: austen-inspired, non-fiction, read-in-2014

"They say his name is Henry. A proof of how unequally the gifts of Fortune are bestowed — I have seen many a John & Thomas much more agreeable. " (from J. Austen, Letters)

What's in a name? According to William Shakespeare - or better his Juliet - not so much, "That which we call a rose. by any other name would smell as sweet". But Maggie Lane thinks otherwise and has researched the importance given to names by Jane Austen, especially in her mature work. That means Ms Lane focuses her analysis on the major six novels: Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.
In the six sections of the book, the author proposes interesting reflections, comparisons and analysis related to the use of names in history, in Jane Austen's time and in Jane Austen's most famous novels: A Brief History of Names, Naming Patterns and Practices, The Use of Christian Names, Jane Austen's Feeling For Names, Names in the Novels of Jane Austen: An Alphabetical Index.
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June 11, 2014 – Shelved
June 11, 2014 – Shelved as: austen-inspired
June 11, 2014 – Shelved as: non-fiction
June 11, 2014 – Shelved as: read-in-2014

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