By William Deresiewicz
<p class="MsoNormal">Before Jane Austen, William Deresiewicz used to be a truly diversified younger guy. A sullen and smug graduate scholar, he by no means suggestion Austen may have something to supply him. Then he learn Emma—and every little thing changed.
<p class="MsoNormal">In this targeted and lyrical ebook, Deresiewicz weaves the misadventures of Austen’s characters together with his personal younger follies, demonstrating the ability of the good novelist’s teachings—and how, for Austen, transforming into up and making blunders are one and an identical. sincere, erudite, and deeply relocating, A Jane Austen Education is the tale of 1 man’s discovery of the area open air himself.
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