The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Jane Austen - Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companions (Paperback)
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The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Jane Austen - Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companions (Paperback)

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This is a fantastically vast and witty companion to everything you need to know about Jane Austen, presented in a wonderfully fun and entertaining style which will appeal to all readers.Whether you've read Jane Austen once or read her yearly, or if you simply yearn to be Elizabeth or Mr. Darcy, this new "Bedside Companion" will make a perfect match. Janeite and newcomer alike will revel in the entertaining capsules of each of Austen's beloved novels, along with information on such important subjects as white soup, carriages, what happened at the ha-ha, and, of course, all those characters we love to hate. In the spirit of Austen, maps, puzzles and quizzes are provided - including the one and only Jane Austen Aptitude Test. The reader is taken on location to Steventon, her childhood home, to Bath, the city she was happy to leave, and elsewhere. Included is an interview Karen J. Fowler, author of "The Jane Austen Book Club", as well as all the movies made of Austen's stories, from Hollywood to Bollywood. An 'Austentatious' work, indeed!" The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companions" are concise, witty, and often unexpected takes on the great authors and other figures who are seemingly all around us, like the air we breathe. Perfect for reading or browsing, for the general reader, for the beginning as well as the advanced student, the "Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companions" include plot summaries (no giveaways for the mystery writers!), biographical information, puzzles, posters, film stills, maps, Web sites, international clubs and societies, and more. Stylish, lavishly illustrated, and imaginatively structured, the "Bedside Companions" currently include volumes on Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes, and Shakespeare.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780826429339
Number of pages: 228
Weight: 354 g
Dimensions: 228 x 153 x 18 mm


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Mention -Book News, November 2008
Could you pass a Jane Austen aptitude test or complete an Austen-themed crossword puzzle in ink? Whether you are capable of these tasks or aspire to be, you'll appreciate this latest edition in the popular series featuring studies of well-loved authors or their classic works (e.g., Charles Dickens, Frankenstein). With seriousness and good humor, Adams (The Sexual Politics of Meat), Douglas Buchanan, and Kelly Gesch have compiled commentaries on minute details in Austen's works. Readers will learn the importance of a good carriage, discover the ingredients in white soup and other foods consumed in Emma and Mansfield Park, and unearth the "myth-interpreting" themes of the books. The merchandizing of Austen is included, with a chapter on the best gifts for Austen fans. Novel summaries, character studies, time lines, and movie reviews are also included. Illustrations of Austen and her characters and photographs of manors and churches are just a few of the details that add to this excellent resource for book discussion groups, literature collections, and Janeites. * Library Journal *
The claim of this Jane Austen Companion is that it offers something for everyone. There are interesting chapters on film and television versions of the novels and a crossword and an aptitude test are included for those who wish to test their familiarity with the texts. Altogther, it is an amusing and thought-provoking collection. This book offers good coverage on many aspects of the novels, and opens up different avenues for further exploration. The relaxed style of writing will particularly appeal to younger readers, and the wide coverage will satisfy anyone interested in the novels. * Transnational Literature, May 2009 *
Author Carol J. Adams wrote a "5 Myths About Jane Austen" column for the Washington Post * http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-jane-austen/2011/07/08/gIQAZALCEI_story.html *

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