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This book is a must-read for Jane Austen fans! It's not just an informative book; Kelly is a scholar of literature and classics at Oxford, and she's making a compelling and scholarly argument regarding the nature of Austen's writing. Through Austen's letters, close readings of her novels, and historical context, Kelly argues that the political aspects of Austen's works are essential to their themes. This book shows that Austen's work is about more than romance and balls. Rather, Austen is a political author commenting and working within the issues of her time.— From Emma's Picks
“A sublime piece of literary detective work. . . . Kelly shows us that the novels were about nothing more or less than the burning political questions of the day.” —The Guardian
“Do we read Jane Austen’s novels as she intended? In this riveting literary-biographical study, the answer is a resounding no . . . An interpretive coup that is dazzling and dizzying . . . You won’t read Austen the same way again.” —The New Yorker
“A fresh take on the life and work of the beloved writer Jane Austen . . . Reveals the subversive rebel soul behind [the] towering classics.” —Elle
“An important revisionary work. . . . Kelly’s readings are indeed eye-opening.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Ambitious . . . illuminating, provocative. . . . Kelly offers a salutary argument for reading Austen’s novels with the serious attentiveness they invite and deserve.” —The Spectator