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

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

Biography / Autobiography   Literary Fiction   Jane Austen Bicentenary   eBook Favourites   

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A radical look at Jane Austen as you've never seen her - as a lover of farce, comic theatre and juvenilia. Jane's World celebrates Britain's favourite novelist 200 years after her death and explores why her books make such awesome movies, time after time.

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

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.

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

About the Author

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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Publication date

18th May 2017

Author

Paula Byrne

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Publisher

William Collins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Hardback
240 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
Literary Fiction
Jane Austen Bicentenary
eBook Favourites

Biography: literary
Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800

ISBN

9780008225650

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