Jane Austen's Names: Riddles, Persons, Places (Paperback)Margaret Anne Doody (author)
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Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 440
Weight: 658 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 36 mm
"Doody makes a convincing argument that Jane Austen (1775-1817) imbued most, if not all, of her character and place names with historical, geographical, or social significance, and provides the historical and cultural context necessary to understand the import of each of these careful naming choices. . . . A delightful, edifying read for both scholars and lay Austen fans."
"Doody's book is a marvellous thing. . . . The bravura set-piece literary criticisms are fresh, and valuable in themselves (Elinor Dashwood isn't really as sensible as all that; obscured window panes are important in Persuasion), and so are the frequent, hitherto unmade links to the other novels by women that Jane Austen was reading."--Times Literary Supplement
"A magical mystery tour of virtually every location, and every family and individual, mentioned not only in the novels, but also in the Juvenilia and even the letters and diaries. . . . Doody writes with clarity and elegance, and arranges her material to lead the reader ever onwards into a whole world of language and meaning. . . . A comprehensive study, but never a dull one, this book is as entertaining as it is revealing, and will doubtless uncover fresh layers of meaning for even the best-read Austen fan."
--Jane Austen's Regency World
"Jane Austen's Names is a treasure chest."
"No one, with the possible exception of Jane Austen herself, knows the fiction of Jane Austen and her time more intimately than Margaret Doody, and the depth and breadth of this knowledge is richly deployed here. . . . An erudite, provocative, and original book."
"To read Jane Austen's Names is to appreciate Austen's writings anew in the company of a peerlessly learned, delightfully opinionated scholar--an opportunity not to be missed."
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