Jane's Fame

Jane's Fame

How Jane Austen Conquered the World

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Baker & Taylor
Presents a complete biography of Jane Austen and discusses her lasting influence as an academically revered social satirist and a classic author who inspires modern pop culture.

McMillan Palgrave

“Wonderful . . . not only scholarly but indecently entertaining . . . her prose rings with good sense, affection, and humour.”—Daily Mail

Mention Jane Austen and you’ll likely incite a slew of fervent opinions from anyone within earshot. Regarded as a brilliant social satirist by scholars, Austen also enjoys the sort of popular affection usually reserved for girl-next-door movie stars, leading to the paradox of an academically revered author who has served as the inspiration for chick lit (The Jane Austen Book Club) and modern blockbusters (Becoming Jane). Almost two hundred years after her death, Austen remains a hot topic, and the current flare in the cultural zeitgeist echoes the continuous revival of her works, from the time of original publication through the twentieth century. In Jane’s Fame, Claire Harman gives us the complete biography—of both the author and her lasting cultural influence—making this essential reading for anyone interested in Austen’s life, works, and remarkably potent fame.

& Taylor

The author of the critically acclaimed Robert Louis Stevenson and the award-winning Sylvia Townsend Warner gives readers a complete biography of both Jane Austen and her lasting cultural influence.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780805082586
Branch Call Number: 823.7 Au74Z, H227j
Characteristics: xxi, 277 p. ; 24 cm


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Mar 29, 2011

Even if you?ve never read any of Austen?s books, you?re familiar with their titles and plots. Note the success of the BBC?s TV miniseries starring Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, or the chick lit bestseller Bridget Jones?s Diary (a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, complete with its own Mr. Darcy), or the Hollywood movie Clueless (a modern retelling of Emma), or the recent book mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Today, Jane is everywhere, and author Claire Harmon shows us how she got there. This is a biography not of Jane?s life but of her fame?her quiet life followed by a few brief decades where no one knew her name, and then a century-long revival that has yet to end. Harman shows us Jane as a feminist and as an anti-feminist, Jane as a prickly old maid and Jane as a token for ?girl power,? Jane as a Hollywood heroine and as a Bollywood starlet. We meet Jane?s detractors (Charlotte Brontë, Mark Twain) and Jane?s fans (Rudyard Kipling, Virginia Woolf). We figure out our own personal reasons for loving Jane. However she is viewed and analyzed and adapted, one thing becomes very clear in this fascinating exploration?Jane Austen is here to stay.

ser_library Sep 09, 2010

historical study of attitudes to Jane Austen--critical, adulatory, familial

Of itnerest was the section on WWI


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