A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter

A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter

Before Jane Austen, William Deresiewicz was a very different young man. A sullen and arrogant graduate student, he never thought Austen would have anything to offer him. Then he read Emma—and everything changed.

In this unique and lyrical book, Deresiewicz weaves the misadventures of Austen’s characters with his own youthful follies, demonstrating the power of the great novelist’s teachings—and how, for Austen, growing up and making mistakes are one and the same. Honest, erudite, and deeply moving, A Jane Austen Education is the story of one man’s discovery of the world outside himself.

Title:A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781594202889
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  • Holly

    Brain-nuking platitudes! I thought this was going to be an interesting little book by the William Deresiewicz who wrote that American Scholar piece on solitude and leadership that blew me away earlier...

  • Claire

    A few days ago, while I was finishing my reread of Mansfield Park and loving it more than I thought I would, I stumbled, here on GR, on a rather heterosexist (and when I say rather, I mean very) revie...

  • Abigail Bok

    Former associate professor William Deresiewicz has written what is today a rather unusual type of book. At first blush it looks like an entry in the exploding genre of popular Jane Austen criticism, a...

  • Jessica

    My mom sent me and my sister each a copy of this after she read it for her book club! Thank you, Mom! This book is awesome, both as a literary exploration of Jane Austen and as a self help book. I don...

  • Laurel

    We have long harbored the belief that everything worth knowing about life and love can be learned in a Jane Austen novel. William Deresiewicz thinks so too, and we could not be happier. In A Jane Aust...

  • Belinda

    This book is a blend of light textual analysis, Jane Austen biography and memoir. As I haven't studied literature beyond high school, I enjoyed the textual analysis and did gain a new perspective of a...

  • Melanie

    Take one intellectual graduate student, force him to read Emma, add one professor whose technique is styled as "stripping the paint off our brains," and mix in some Austen plot synopses. What do you g...

  •  ~Geektastic~

    I don’t read Jane Austen’s novels for life lessons. Neither do I read her for history, romance or social commentary. I read Jane Austen because I have never (and I mean that unequivocally) met an ...

  • Amy

    Anyone who knows me relatively well, knows I love Jane Austen's books. I have read Pride and Prejudice more times than I can remember, own all her works, and quite a few of the movie adaptations of th...

  • Ana

    This book is 255 pages of awesome!...