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Número de páginas: 400 páginas Dicas de vocabulário: Habilitado Configuração de fonte: Habilitado
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'This is my kind of history: carefully researched but so vivid that you are convinced Lucy Worsley was actually there at the party - or the parsonage.' Antonia Fraser

'A refreshingly unique perspective on Austen and her work and a beautifully nuanced exploration of gender, creativity, and domesticity.' Amanda Foreman

'Brilliant and very moving, this book is a fascinating and original exploration of Jane Austen with lots of new material - Worsley brings Austen to life superbly, through her pages she is a flesh and blood woman, intelligent, powerful, contradictory, loving, loved. A magnificent book.' Kate Williams

On the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death, historian Lucy Worsley leads us into the rooms from which our best-loved novelist quietly changed the world.

This new telling of the story of Jane's life shows us how and why she lived as she did, examining the places and spaces that mattered to her. It wasn't all country houses and ballrooms, but a life that was often a painful struggle. Jane famously lived a 'life without incident', but with new research and insights Lucy Worsley reveals a passionate woman who fought for her freedom. A woman who far from being a lonely spinster in fact had at least five marriage prospects, but who in the end refused to settle for anything less than Mr Darcy.

Sobre o Autor

LUCY WORSLEY is a historian, author, curator and television presenter. Lucy read Ancient and Modern History at New College, Oxford and worked for English Heritage before becoming Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces. She also presents history programs for the BBC and is the author of several bestselling books, including Courtiers: the Secret History of the Georgian Court, Cavalier: The Story of a 17th Century Playboy, and more. She lives in London, England.

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  • Formato: eBook Kindle
  • Tamanho do arquivo: 5476 KB
  • Número de páginas: 400 páginas
  • Editora: Hodder & Stoughton (18 de maio de 2017)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Servicos de Varejo do Brasil Ltda
  • Idioma: Inglês
  • ASIN: B01N4MACT6
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Darwin is out and Jane Austen is in, at least as the new face of the £10 note this year. The timing is no accident, as 2017 is the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s death and there is bound to be renewed interest in her life and work. Not that Jane Austen is ever really out of fashion. Last year, for example, saw the release of ‘Love and Friendship’ (based on the novella ‘Lady Susan’), the latest in a long line of stage, television and big-screen adaptations of Austen’s work.

Why does Austen continue to command a large audience? In the case of TV and cinema undoubtedly one factor is what has been termed ‘Big House Syndrome’: the idealised depiction of the world ‘upstairs, downstairs’ which not only affects Austen (with Lyme Hall providing the exterior and Sudbury Hall the interior shots of Pemberley for the much-loved 1995 BBC production of ‘Pride and Prejudice’) but many other period dramas, from ‘Brideshead Revisited’ (Castle Howard) to ‘Downton Abbey’ (Highclere).

In fact, as Paula Byrne has pointed out in her excellent ‘The Genius of Jane Austen’ (an expanded 2017 re-issue of her 2002 ‘Jane Austen and the Theatre’), the houses in Austen dramatisations tend to be too big as “the productions’ designers and location scouts failed to see that Austen speaks for the values of the lesser gentry and to scorn such idle, vain aristocrats as Lady Catherine de Bourgh (the embodiment of both pride and prejudice) and the Dowager Viscountess Dalrymple (in ‘Persuasion’).”

Lucy Worsley’s ‘Jane Austen at Home’ is a welcome attempt to ‘downsize’ Austen as author, placing her “in the context of the physical world of her [relatively humble] homes” in order the better to interpret her life. This approach yields real insight into the conditions in which Austen lived and wrote, as well as illuminating something of the more general social history of Regency England.

Where Worsley falls down is stylistically. Consider this passage:

“She [Jane] writes of some acquaintances, ‘all good humour and obligingness’, but mentions their inadequate dress sense, and hopes that they will follow the coming fashion of ‘rather longer petticoats than last year’. Those are literally the last words of her last letter - petticoats!”

One could object that Austen’s last words are not literally ‘petticoats’ because that is just one word and not even at the end of her last sentence. It is, however, the exclamation mark to which I take particular exception.

Exclamation marks – or exclamation points as they tend to be known in the U.S. – certainly have their place, and Austen herself often uses them but some writers, like Worsley, overuse them as a means of metaphorically jabbing the reader in the ribs (usually in order to ensure that they respond in the approved fashion).

Thus at various points the reader of ‘Jane Austen at Home’ is regaled with:

“Wrong, wrong, wrong!”
“Big mistake!”
“Thoughtless Henry!”
“Pitiful Fanny!”
“Poor Caroline!”
and so on.

It will thus come as no surprise to learn that Worsley entitles Chapter 25 “Published!”

‘Jane Austen at Home’ deserves to be published for the useful contribution it makes to Jane Austen studies. It’s just a pity that one of the greatest of literary stylists is sometimes serviced here by a form of gushing, breathless pre-pubescent prose that sounds like a parody of Angela Brazil.
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