Although Jane Austen has long been one of England's best loved novelists this book by Roger Gard is at once a discussion of Jane Austen's oeuvre and a commentary that should stimulate all readers. Gard offers discussions of the six major novels, together with the early "Lady Susan" and the unfinished "Sanditon". The precise nature and scope of Jane Austen's realism, her particularly English approach to the world, and the characteristic blend in her work of a sharp skepticism about human nature and its banality with an idealism about human virtue are themes that recur throughout Gard's study. The book also makes links between Jane Austen and other authors ranging from Shakespeare to Flaubert, Lawrence, George Eliot, and Barbara Pym.
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This book by Roger Gard is at once a thoughtful and detailed discussion of Jane Austen's oeuvre and a provocative and witty commentary that will stimulate all readers.From Library Journal:
Gard (reader in English at Queen Mary and Westfield Coll., Univ. of London) has authored and edited several studies on Jane Austen and Henry James, including Jane Austen, Emma and Persuasion (Viking, 1989) and Henry James: The Critical Heritage ( LJ 11/1/68). The present study is a reaction against the approach generally taken in contemporary literary criticism. Espousing the more personal reader response criticism, Gard argues that readers of Austen need not be specialists in Georgian England or in Austen's literary predecessors. Writing of Northanger Abbey --for which Mrs. Radcliffe's novels are usually considered prerequisites--he states, "This general truth is particularly important to Northanger Abbey because one of its exemplary features is its simple accessibility." Gard has a strong sense of Austen's voice and diction and, in fact, plays with these in his chapter on Pride and Prejudice , which he writes as a dialog. Highly recommended to both Janeites and Austen scholars.
-Mary Margaret Benson, Linfield Coll. Lib., McMinnville, Ore.
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Book Description Yale University Pub., 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. 1992 FIRST EDITION Hardcover book in original dustjacket . BRAND NEW from 1992 publisher . Never opened, Never read, Never marked . Gift Giving quality . Jacket now protected in New non-stick removable clear mylar sleeve protector. Book size: 6-1/4 x 9-1/2 x 1" thick; weighs nearly 1-1/2 pounds; 261 pages with index . Handsome book; midnight blue cloth over boards, with Gold gilt title on spine, in glossy color jacket with matching midnight blue inside flaps; Jacket cover illustration detail from J.M.W. Turner painting " Petworth : The Old Library , c. 1828 " . Author Roger Gard, Reader in English at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, has previously written books on Jane Austen, as well as on Henry James, and on the subject of teaching of English literature and fiction in schools . He is quoted as saying, with regard to Jane Austen : " it may sound absurd to say that a novelist sometimes needs to be protected from her admirers. Nevertheless . " . Although Jane Austen has long been England's best-loved novelist, much criticism in modern times has tended to ignore the sheer appeal and accessibility of her novels . and instead to treat them as mere material . the preserve of academics, feminists, historical specialists, and would-be radical theorists . This book is at once a thoughtful and detailed discussion of Austen's oeuvre and a provocative and witty commentary , that will stimulate all readers . This book offers lively and perceptive discussions of the six major novels . Northanger Abbey . Sense and Sensibility . Pride and Prejudice . Mansfield Park . Emma . and Persuasion . together with the early " Lady Susan " . and the unfinished " Sanditon " . The precise nature and scope of Austen's realism . her particularly English approach to the world . and the characteristic blend in her work of a sharp scepticism about human nature and its banality . with an idealism about human virtue . are themes which recur throughout this study . The book is moreover notable for the original and striking links it makes between Jane Austen and other notable authors . ranging from Shakespeare to Flaubert, Lawrence, George Eliot and Barbara Pym . Albeit on a much discussed topic, the beloved Jane Austen, this book nontheless has something new to say in every chapter, and the author says it with authority and with style . Leonce Ormond at Kings College, University of London, says of this work that it is " . sharp and exciting . brilliant in the best sense " . " Jane Austen's Novels - The Art of Clarity " . by Roger Gard . published by Yale University Press, London England . 1992 First Edition Hard cover book in DJ *** Securely packed for Safe delivery Worldwide, since 1965 *** 6-1/4 x 9-1/2 x 1". Bookseller Inventory # 3247
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