A Fine Brush On Ivory: An Appreciation of Jane Austen

Paperback | February 26, 2007

byRichard Jenkyns

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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 incomparison 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.

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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...

Richard Jenkyns is Professor of the Classical Tradition and Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 7.99 × 5.31 × 0.55 inPublished:February 26, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199210993

ISBN - 13:9780199210992

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1. Beginnings2. The Shape of Comedy3. The Character of Character4. A Park with a View5. The Prisoner of Hartfield6. The Sense in Sensibility

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`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