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What Jane Austen's Characters Read (and Why) - Susan Allen Ford

What Jane Austen's Characters Read (and Why)

By: Susan Allen Ford

Paperback | 11 July 2024

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The first detailed account of Austenâs charactersâ reading experience to date, this book explores both what her characters read and what their literary choices would have meant to Austen's own readership, both during her life and today.

Jane Austen was a voracious and extensive reader, so it's perhaps no surprise that many of her characters are also readersâ"from Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice to Fanny Price in Mansfield Park. Beginning by looking at Austenâs own reading as well as her interest in readersâ responses to her work, the book then focuses on each of her novels, looking at the particulars of her charactersâ reading and unpacking the multiple (and often surprising) ways in which what they read informs our reading. What Jane Austenâs Characters Read (and Why) uses Austen's own love of reading to invite us to rethink the ways in which she imagined her characters and their lives beyond the novels.

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