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A Fine Brush On Ivory: An Appreciation of Jane Austen (Paperback)
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A Fine Brush On Ivory: An Appreciation of Jane Austen (Paperback)

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Paperback 232 Pages / Published: 15/02/2007
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What is it about Jane Austen's writing that brings such pleasure? There are good, even great novelists who are not good storytellers, and there are highly gifted storytellers who write thoroughly bad books. Jane Austen was both a very good storyteller and a great novelist. How did she do it? Richard Jenkyns's sparkling study delights in Austen's craft, wit, and pathos. His deep reading of the novels illuminates the subtlety, depth, and innovation that lie within them. He explores the development of her style, storytelling, and characterization, her technical prowess, and her place in comparison with her contemporaries, with a grace and wit worthy of the subject herself. All who read this book will come away with their admiration for Austen deepened, and their pleasure in her work enhanced.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199210992
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 254 g
Dimensions: 200 x 130 x 14 mm


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Review from previous edition Having fine-combed each of Austen's novels, Jenkyns offers up a feast of his personal meditations and reflections . . . this is a book which will inspire many to dust off their Austen collections so as to re-acquaint themselves with her elegant prose * The Good Book Guide *
a beautifully crafted essay . . . This is a small and elegant Christmas present for all enthusiasts. * FT Magazine *
The book is written with great grace and elegance, and shows the development of [Austen's] genius as a storyteller. I felt I knew a lot about her, but this book has given me new insights for which I'm grateful * P. D. James, Church Times *
This is that very rare thing nowadays, a book of criticism in which it is not necessary to read a sentence twice in order to understand it; though Richard Jenkyns writes so well, and offers so much insight and wisdom, that it is often a pleasure to do so. * Jane Austen Society Newsletter *

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