Jane's Fame
Jane's Fame How Jane Austen Conquered the World By Harman, Claire Book - 2010

Even if you?ve never read any of Austen?s books, you?re familiar with their titles and plots. Note the success of the BBC?s TV miniseries starring Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, or the chick lit bestseller Bridget Jones?s Diary (a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, complete with its own Mr. Darcy), or the Hollywood movie Clueless (a modern retelling of Emma), or the recent book mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Today, Jane is everywhere, and author Claire Harmon shows us how she got there. This is a biography not of Jane?s life but of her fame?her quiet life followed by a few brief decades where no one knew her name, and then a century-long revival that has yet to end. Harman shows us Jane as a feminist and as an anti-feminist, Jane as a prickly old maid and Jane as a token for ?girl power,? Jane as a Hollywood heroine and as a Bollywood starlet. We meet Jane?s detractors (Charlotte Brontë, Mark Twain) and Jane?s fans (Rudyard Kipling, Virginia Woolf). We figure out our own personal reasons for loving Jane. However she is viewed and analyzed and adapted, one thing becomes very clear in this fascinating exploration?Jane Austen is here to stay.

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