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10.30.2017

Book Recommendation - Jane Austen, the Secret Radical

Jane Austen, the Secret Radical by Helena Kelly

Title: Jane Austen, the Secret Radical
Author: Helena Kelly
Publication Date: May 2, 2017

Synopsis: In this fascinating, revelatory work, Helena Kelly--dazzling Jane Austen authority--looks past the grand houses, the pretty young women, past the demure drawing room dramas and witty commentary on the narrow social worlds of her time that became the hallmark of Austen's work to bring to light the serious, ambitious, deeply subversive nature of this beloved writer. Kelly illuminates the radical subjects--slavery, poverty, feminism, the Church, evolution, among them--considered treasonous at the time, that Austen deftly explored in the six novels that have come to embody an age. The author reveals just how in the novels we find the real Jane Austen: a clever, clear-sighted woman "of information," fully aware of what was going on in the world and sure about what she thought of it. We see a writer who understood that the novel--until then seen as mindless "trash"--could be a great art form and who, perhaps more than any other writer up to that time, imbued it with its particular greatness.

Review:  You can kind a review over at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

1 comment:

  1. Ms. Kelly's chapter about Northanger Abbey is not what it seems: please read this and tell me what you think:

    http://sharpelvessociety.blogspot.com/2016/11/all-shadow-stories-of-jane-austen.html

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