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Jane Austen and the Clergy - Irene Collins

Jane Austen and the Clergy

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2004
ISBN: 9781852851149
Number Of Pages: 256

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Jane Austen was the daughter of a clergyman, the sister of two others and the cousin of four more. Her principal acquaintances were clergymen and their families, whose social, intellectual and religious attitudes she shared. Yet while clergymen feature in all her novels, often in major roles, there has been little recognition of their significance. To many readers their status and profession is a mystery, as they appear simply to be a sub-species of gentlemen and never seem to perform any duties. Mr Collins in Pride and prejudice is often regarded as little more than a figure of fun.

Astonishingly, Jane Austen and the Clergy is the first book to demonstrate the importance of Jane Austen's clerical background and to explain the clergy in her novels, whether Mr Tilney in Northanger Abbey, Mr Elton in Emma, or a less prominent character such as Dr Grant in Mansfield Park. In this exceptionally well-written and enjoyable book, Irene Collins draws on a wide knowledge of the literature and history of the period to describe who the clergy were, both in the novels and in life: how they were educated and appointed the houses they lived in and the gardens they designed and cultivated; the women they married; their professional and social context; their income, their duties, their moral outlook and their beliefs. Jane Austen and the Clergy uses the facts of Jane Austen's life and the evidence contained in her letters and novels to give a vivid and convincing portrait of the contemporary clergy.

"This is a hugely readable book, which will provide the greater possible pleasure to all Janeites and will tell all but the most fanatically learned a good deal they did not know." --The Daily Telegraph This is a hugely readable book, which will provide the greater possible pleasure to all Janeites and will tell all but the most fanatically learned a good deal they did not know. The Daily Telegraph" "This is a hugely readable book, which will provide the greater possible pleasure to all Janeites and will tell all but the most fanatically learned a good deal they did not know." --"The Daily Telegraph"

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Preface
Jane Austen's Clerical Connectionsp. 1
Patronagep. 19
The Parson's Educationp. 35
The Parson's Incomep. 49
The Parson's Dwellingp. 61
The Country Parishp. 85
The Clergy and the Neighbourhoodp. 103
The Parson's Wifep. 121
Manners and Moralsp. 143
Morals and Societyp. 159
Worship and Beliefp. 179
Appendixp. 197
Notesp. 201
Bibliographyp. 223
Indexp. 231
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ISBN: 9781852851149
ISBN-10: 1852851147
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st October 2004
Publisher: BLOOMSBURY
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 27.94 x 21.59  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.9
Edition Number: 1