By William Deresiewicz
<p class="MsoNormal">Before Jane Austen, William Deresiewicz was once a really assorted younger guy. A sullen and conceited graduate scholar, he by no means notion Austen may have something to provide him. Then he learn Emma—and every little thing changed.
<p class="MsoNormal">In this certain and lyrical publication, Deresiewicz weaves the misadventures of Austen’s characters along with his personal younger follies, demonstrating the facility of the nice novelist’s teachings—and how, for Austen, turning out to be up and making error are one and an analogous. sincere, erudite, and deeply relocating, A Jane Austen Education is the tale of 1 man’s discovery of the realm outdoors himself.
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