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Title:
The friendly Jane Austen : a well-mannered introduction to a lady of sense & sensibility
Author:
Tyler, Natalie.
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Publication Information:
New York : Viking, 1999.
Physical Description:
xix, 299 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
"A Winokur/Boates book."
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780670874255
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Jane mania is upon us, with almost the whole Austen canon now gorgeously filmed, her classic novels captivating today's sensibility, and a faux Miss Austen herself featured in an ongoing mystery series. Both diehard addicts and new converts to the cult will find endless revelations and witty insights in The Friendly Jane Austen, the latest in the enormously successful Friendly pop reference series. Quizzes, complete guides to every novel and favorite character, eye-catching illustrations, interviews with many from Austen scholars to T. C. Boyle to Miss Manners, a filmography and bibliography, and browsable quotes and sidebars throughout will help you:* Hit the highlights of Jane's juvenilia * Learn about the man who almost won Jane's hand * Find out how to tell a rake from a rattle (hint: they're both rascals) * Ponder the motif of decapitation in Jane's life * Bone up on the biggest controversy among Janeites For the millions who re-read Pride and Prejudice each year, own Sense and Sensibility on video, and watch Clueless for its Emma subtext, this is an essential companion and the holiday gift of choice.


Author Notes

Natalie Tyler has been a devoted Jane Austen scholar and lecturer for more than a decade. She is currently a professor at Ohio State University.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

With yet another wave of Jane Austen mania about to hit (new film versions of Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey are scheduled to open within the next year), this guide to all things Jane is not only timely but a lively romp through Austen's world, full of fun facts and interesting details. The casual reader will enjoy learning about Austen's family life and her novels, and serious Austen fans will delight in interviews with Austen experts, quizzes that will test their knowledge of even the most minute details in the novels, and references to fine points that touch upon the subtlety in Austen's characterizations. With the exception of an oversimplified quiz intended to categorize the different kinds of Austen fans, the book is a well-written, thoughtful, and accessible introduction to Austen. At the end of the book, Tyler states that the best Austen biographies "do not present conclusions so much as possibilities," and the same is true of her engaging overview of Jane Austen's life, works, and influence. --Kristine Huntley


Library Journal Review

Like an Austen novel, the depths of this work are easy to miss in its light tone, which screens a panoply of Austen paraphernalia. Part of the "Friendly" pop reference series, this title marries in-depth information about Jane Austen's work and world with an easy-to-read and fun format. Full of quizzes, illustrations, quotes, and interviews with scholars and actors, this work can be read straight through or dipped into at leisure. Tyler provides the reader with concise, valuable information on Austen's juvenilia, her novels, and the films based on those novels. Also included are notes on period ideas and items that will increase the reader's understanding and appreciation of the novels, among them recipes for syllabub and Bakewell pudding and the differences between a rake and a rattle. This title will be welcome reading for students and Austen fans alike. Recommended for public libraries.√ĄKaren E. Sadowski, Simmons Coll. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xvii
On Jane Austenp. 1
How Do We Love Jane Austen? Let Us Count the Waysp. 7
Are You a Janeite?p. 11
Do You Belong to the School of Gentle Jane?p. 11
Do You Belong to the Ironic Jane School?p. 12
Do You Belong to the Subversive Jane School?p. 12
Part I Early Life and Juveniliap. 15
Early Life and Familyp. 17
Steventon: The Austen Familyp. 17
Bringing Up Babyp. 17
A Pruned Family Tree: Jane Austen's Immediate Familyp. 19
Life at the Steventon Rectoryp. 24
The Family Appearancep. 26
"Cacoethes Scribendi": The Incurable Itch to Writep. 27
The Abbey Schoolp. 28
Dancing Days and Juveniliap. 31
Highlights of the Juveniliap. 31
Authorial Apprenticeship and Ridiculous Novelsp. 34
The Loitererp. 35
Volume the First: Pulp Fictionp. 36
Frederic and Elfrida: An Auspicious Debutp. 37
Decapitations Are Us: Austen's Early Motif of Beheadingsp. 38
"My Hat, on Which My Principal Hopes of Happiness Depend"p. 39
Volume the Second: "Sallies, Bonmots and Repartees"p. 40
Love and Freindshipp. 40
The History of Englandp. 41
Revolutionsp. 43
Volume the Third: Evelyn and Catherine, or The Bowerp. 43
Lady Susanp. 44
Mrs. Leigh-Perrot: Austen's Brush with Incarceration and Other Scandalsp. 46
A Recipe for Syllabubp. 47
Tom Lefroy, Harris Bigg-Wither, and Other Suitorsp. 48
Leaving Steventonp. 51
Bathp. 51
Mr. Austen Exits Life's Pulpitp. 53
Regina Barreca: Jane Austen as "Bad Girl"p. 54
The Watsonsp. 57
The Marriage Plotp. 58
Part II Major Worksp. 63
Northanger Abbeyp. 65
Publication: A Fraught Roadp. 67
Rakes and Rattlesp. 68
"Learning to Love a Hyacinth"p. 69
Joan Vredenburgh on Bath and General Tilneyp. 71
The Nature of Gothic Novelsp. 73
David Riede on Jane Austen and Romanticismp. 75
"A Neighborhood of Voluntary Spies"p. 77
A Very Respectable Man, Though His Name Was Richardp. 79
John Thorpe's Horse and Gigp. 80
Henry Tilney's Knowledge of Muslinp. 81
QUIZ: Letter Writing in the Novelsp. 82
John Thorpe and Henry Tilney on Mrs. Radcliffep. 84
Jim Buckley on General Tilney's Rumford Fireplacep. 85
Moneyp. 86
Average Income, England and Wales, 1803p. 87
"The Tell-Tale Compression of the Pages"p. 89
Sense and Sensibilityp. 90
The Novels of Sensibilityp. 92
The Dangers of Sensibilityp. 92
Sense and Sensibility: A Checklistp. 93
James Battersby on Jane Austen and the Eighteenth Centuryp. 95
Georgian Londonp. 97
Harriet Walter on Fanny Dashwoodp. 99
Fanny Dashwood and King Lear's Daughtersp. 101
QUIZ: Who Said That? Great Lines from Jane Austen's Novelsp. 102
Elinor Dashwood: Governor of Her Own Feelingsp. 104
The Madness of Mariannep. 106
Cowper and Crabbep. 108
Lucy Steelep. 109
Sexy Menp. 109
Weddingsp. 111
Pride and Prejudicep. 113
The Famous First Sentencep. 115
The Publication History of Pride and Prejudicep. 115
Primogeniture and Entailmentp. 117
Accomplishments and Eligibilityp. 117
Veronica Leahy on Conduct Literaturep. 119
Walkingp. 122
QUIZ: Do Appearances Deceive?p. 124
Fay Weldon on Jane Austenp. 126
Clergymen: Ridiculous and Sublimep. 128
Mr. Bennetp. 129
The Liveliness of Your Mindp. 131
Darcy and Pemberleyp. 134
Jane Bennetp. 135
Elizabeth Bennetp. 136
Mary Bennetp. 137
Dr. Samuel Johnsonp. 138
Mansfield Parkp. 140
The Unbearable Loneliness of Being Fanny Pricep. 143
The Servant Problemp. 143
Mark Conroy on Jane Austen's Popularityp. 145
Chawton: An Intense Burst of Writingp. 147
Anna Masseyp. 150
QUIZ: Food in Jane Austenp. 151
T. Coraghessan Boylep. 152
Home Theatricals: Lovers' Vowsp. 154
Phoebe Spinrad on Mothers and Fathers in Austen's Novelsp. 155
The British Empirep. 159
Fanny Warsp. 161
Squalor in Portsmouthp. 163
Emmap. 165
"Handsome, Clever, and Rich"p. 168
Joan Wolf on the Regency Periodp. 170
Judith Martin: "Miss Manners" on Jane Austenp. 174
Who Is Vulgar and How to Avoid Vulgarityp. 176
Ten Surefire Ways to Be Vulgarp. 179
Mrs. Goddard's Schoolp. 181
A Fling at the Slave Tradep. 182
"Caro Sposo"p. 184
On Becoming a Governessp. 184
Is Emma Gay?p. 186
Why Does Frank Churchill Change His Name?p. 187
What Is a Natural Child?p. 188
Edith Lank on Jane Austenp. 189
Edith Lank: A Theory on Harriet Smith's Parentagep. 191
Mr. Woodhousep. 193
Phyllida Law on Mrs. Batesp. 194
Prunella Scales on Miss Batesp. 196
Nieces and Nephewsp. 197
Persuasionp. 200
Marlene Longenecker on Jane Austen and Feminismp. 202
Quiz: Reading and Readers in Jane Austenp. 204
Jan Fergus on Whiners and Complainersp. 206
Sir Walter Elliotp. 208
Classp. 209
The Baronetage and the Peeragep. 211
Mrs. Smithp. 212
Jane Smiley on Jane Austenp. 213
The Famous Final Sentence of Persuasionp. 216
Sanditon: The Final Yearp. 219
Nineteenth-Century Wellvillep. 220
Hypochondriacsp. 221
The Circulating Libraryp. 222
Quiz: Illnesses and Hypochondriap. 224
Sir Edward Denham, Bartp. 225
What Jane Austen Earned from her Books During Her Lifetimep. 227
Jane Austen's Illness and Deathp. 227
Cassandra's Conflagrationp. 228
Some Dissenting Views on Jane Austenp. 230
John McAleer on Ancestry and Biographyp. 232
Part III The Legacyp. 235
Jane Austen in the Twentieth Centuryp. 237
The Janeitesp. 237
Jennifer Cruisie on Jane Austen as the Mother of the Modern Romance Novelp. 240
Soap Opera Divas on Jane Austenp. 242
Alton Abbey and Jane Austen Retreatsp. 243
Elsa Solender on the Jane Austen Society of North Americap. 244
All About JASNAp. 247
The Annual General Meeting of JASNAp. 248
Cyber Jane: Austen Sites on the Internetp. 250
Dramatizations of the Novelsp. 250
Emily Auerbach: The Courage to Write--Women Novelists and Poetsp. 252
Tobacco Cards: Jane Austen Is Gaining on Ty Cobbp. 254
Jane Austen Books: A Bookstorep. 255
Film Adaptationsp. 256
Linda Mizejewski on Austen and the Woman's Filmp. 256
Linda Troost and Sayre Greenfield on Jane Austen in Hollywoodp. 258
Feature Films and Video Adaptations: A Selectionp. 260
Douglas McGrath on His Film Emmap. 267
Continuations, Sequels, and Spin-offsp. 270
Julia Barrett on Jane Austen Sequelsp. 271
Stephanie Barron on Jane Austen as Detectivep. 272
Sequels and Spin-offs: A Select Listp. 275
Bibliographyp. 279
Barry Roth, Bibliographer of Jane Austen Studiesp. 279
Select Bibliographyp. 281
Periodicalsp. 284
Interviewsp. 285
Answers to Quizzesp. 287
Indexp. 291
Illustration Creditsp. 299

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