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101 Things You Didn't Know About Jane Austen

by Patrice Hannon

You've read Emma. You own Pride and Prejudice. You love Sense and Sensibility. But do you know all there is to know about Jane Austen? Find answers to questions such as: Who was the Irishman who stole her heart? Why was their affair doomed? Which Austen heroine most resembled Jane? Who were the real Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy? Why did Jane never marry?

Dear Jane Austen

by Patrice Hannon

Advice delivered with sense and sensibility just in time for the major motion picture Becoming Jane View our feature on Austen-inspired books and special content. Women have looked to Jane Austen's heroines as models of appropriate behavior for nearly two centuries. Who better to understand the heart of a heroine than Austen? In this delightful epistolary "what if," Austen serves as a "Dear Abby" of sorts, using examples from her novels and her life to counsel modern-day heroines in trouble, she also shares with readers a compelling drama playing out in her own drawing room. Witty and wise--and perfectly capturing the tone of the author of Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice--Dear Jane Austen is as satisfying as sitting down to tea with the novelist herself. .

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