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Jane Austen For Beginners
Robert Dryden, Illustrations by Joe Lee
ISBN: 9781934389614
Book (Paperback)
For Beginners
$16.99
6 x 9
176 pages
B&W Illustrations throughout
June 12, 2012


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Jane Austen's novels are classics. They have never been out of print, and have continuously been turned into countless movies and TV series, yet her works still remain largely misunderstood. On their surface, Austen's novels all involve characters from provincial communities in rural England, far removed geographically and thematically from greater social movements, war, industry, colonization, and imperialism. This impression could not be further from the truth. Jane Austen For Beginners explores the intentions behind Austen's work. Her examination of money and power, of the marriage market, of social class, and of the rending of the British social fabric of her day are among her many concerns. Jane Austen For Beginners will foster a deeper appreciation and understanding of Austen's greatest stories and most memorable characters.

Robert Dryden is an Associate Professor of English at Hillyer College, University of Hartford, in West Hartford, Connecticut. He received his B.A. in English from Hampshire College, an M.A. in English from the University of New Orleans, and his Ph.D. in English from Louisiana State University with a concentration in 18th- and 19th-Century British Literature. He has written numerous scholarly articles about Jane Austen and other 18th-Century British Literature subjects, including contributions to the anthology Teaching the Transatlantic Eighteenth Century (Cambridge Scholars Press) and to the forthcoming volume Jane Austen in a New Age: Pleasure, Passion, and Possessiveness in the Global Jane Austen Community (Palgrave Macmillan 2013), of which he is also co-editor.
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Joe Lee is an illustrator, cartoonist, writer, and clown. A graduate of Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey’s Clown College, he worked for many years as a circus clown. He is the author and illustrator of Writers and Readers’ The History of Clowns For Beginners and Dante For Beginners, and the illustrator of many For Beginners books including: Dada & Surrealism For Beginners, Postmodernism For Beginners, and Shakespeare For Beginners. Joe lives with his wife, Mary Bess, three cats, and two dogs.
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