By Helena Kelly
A terrific, illuminating reassessment of the lifestyles and paintings of Jane Austen that makes transparent how Austen has been misinterpret for the previous centuries and that indicates us how she meant her books to be learn, revealing, in addition, how subversive and daring--how actually radical--a author she was.
In this attention-grabbing, revelatory paintings, Helena Kelly--dazzling Jane Austen authority--looks prior the grand homes, the beautiful younger women, prior the demure drawing room dramas and witty statement at the slim social worlds of her time that grew to become the hallmark of Austen's paintings to convey to gentle the intense, bold, deeply subversive nature of this liked author. Kelly illuminates the novel subjects--slavery, poverty, feminism, the Church, evolution, between them--considered treasonous on the time, that Austen deftly explored within the six novels that experience come to embrace an age. the writer finds simply how within the novels we discover the real Jane Austen: a smart, clear-sighted lady "of information," totally conscious of what used to be happening on the planet and likely approximately what she considered it. We see a author who understood that the novel--until then visible as senseless "trash"--could be a very good paintings shape and who, possibly greater than the other author as much as that point, imbued it with its specific greatness.