The Genius of Jane Austen Her Love of Theatre and Why She is a Hit in Hollywood

by Paula Byrne

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The Genius of Jane Austen Her Love of Theatre and Why She is a Hit in Hollywood Synopsis

Jane Austen loved the theatre. She learned much of her art from a long tradition of English comic drama and took joyous participation in amateur theatricals. Her juvenilia, then Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice,Mansfield Park and Emma were shaped by the arts of theatrical comedy. Her admiration for drama's dialogue, characterisation, plotting, exits and entrances is why she has been dramatised so successfully on screen in the last twenty years - and these versions are at the centre of her continuing fame, culminating in her celebration on GBP10 note. Austen expert and author of The Real Jane Austen, Paula Byrne looks at stage adaptations of Austen's novels (including one called Miss Elizabeth Bennet by A. A. Milne) to modern classics, including the BBC Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion, Emma Thompson's Sense and Sensibility, and the phenomenally brilliant and successful Clueless, Jane's World presents an Austen not of prim manners and genteel calm, but filled with wild comedy and outrageous behaviour.

The Genius of Jane Austen Her Love of Theatre and Why She is a Hit in Hollywood Press Reviews

'The best book on Jane Austen I have ever read'
Paul Johnson, Spectator

Praise for 'The Real Jane Austen':

'A delightful and engrossing portrait'
Sunday Times

'A perceptive and energetic guide to Austen and her surroundings ... Byrne's critical study consists of a series of beautifully written, interrelated essays ... [her] style gives fresh charms to her subject matter. 'The Real Jane Austen is bold, fast-moving and accessible' Daily Telegraph

'Brilliantly illuminating ... riveting. By focusing, chapter by chapter, on one thread or another of Austen's experience, Byrne allows us to grasp the richness of her inner life' Simon Callow, Guardian

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ISBN: 9780008225650
Publication date: 18/05/2017
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Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9780008225650
Publication date: 18th May 2017
Author: Paula Byrne
Publisher:
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Biography: literary, Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800,

About Paula Byrne

Paula Byrne was born in Birkenhead and has a PhD from the University of Liverpool, where she is a Research Fellow in English Literature. Her first book, Jane Austen and the Theatre, was shortlisted for the Theatre Book Prize. Her second book, Perdita, was a Richard and Judy bookclub pick and Mad World was a Sunday Times bestseller. She lives in Oxford with her two children and her husband, the critic and biographer Jonathan Bate who is Provost of Worcester College.

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