It is not often you find a memoir written by a man on how his life was changed by Jane Austen. But Austen scholar, William Deresiewicz uses humor and wit to combine his own experiences with things he’s learned from Austen’s teachings. Progressing from his days as an immature student to a happily married man, Deresiewicz’s A Jane Austen Education is the story of one man’s discovery of the world outside himself.
His journey began when he was assigned to read “Emma” as a graduate student at Columbia. The book and the writing from Austen’s novels touched him so deeply, he began viewing the world through Austen’s eyes. He began to become more generous as Austen treated her characters. Deresiewicz weaves his own story and Austen’s and share how much of an education you can receive from simply reading Austen’s books. The book is dedicated to the power of literature, friendship, and feeling and celebrates Austen’s legacy.
Whether you read and loved all of Austen’s books or have never picked up a copy, this memoir will make you laugh and think about those little life lessons we often take for granted.
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