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Written by BarbaraB
(4/30/2010 8:43 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Barbara, would you mind..., penned by Line
It's the same book I mentioned earlier in the GR by Debra Teachman on Understanding Pride and Prejudice. It's from the 'Literature in Context Series'. I was expecting a thicker book since I consider it a bit on the expensive side but I figured out that it is probably categorized as a textbook and anyone who has been to college or sent a son/daughter there knows what outrageous prices they charge for student books. If I recall it was around fifty dollars. I was willing to give it a try since I really wanted to try to get a better understanding of the laws and issues that arise in P&P but some of it will be useful in other Austen works as well. It's range is more broad than deep if 'broad' is the correct word. It gives snippets of documents and writings that discuss views on different subjects from Austen's time. A few of them are in legal-talk which makes them a bit tedious (IMHO) but most aren't and they are all summarized before they are presented. It is a slight book for the price but I have found it to be helpful and a handy reference.
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