Part Four of The Making of Jane Austen, "Jane Austen, Schooled" has a brief preface and two chapters, The preface describes an American periodical called The Mentor, which promises that you can "Learn One Thing Every Day," Chapter 10 tells the bizarre story of the first Jane Austen dissertation, written by a Harvard student who died young but is said by some to have come back from the dead. Chapter 11 describes Austen's emergence in textbooks and reading lists, in abridgments and newly edited texts, and in classrooms of all kinds from the early nineteenth century to the 1970s. Further images to illuminate the contents of those chapters may be found in the sections below.
Is It right for your book club?
Yes, Definitely! I'd love to hear from you if you're considering it.
This book Works best in Clubs Familiar with Austen's fiction OR Its film adaptations. (You could Read or watch Pride and Prejudice and then Choose this book.)