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The Shakespeare Book (Hardcover): Dk The Shakespeare Book (Hardcover)
Dk 1
R586 R439 Discovery Miles 4 390 Save R147 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Shakespeare Book is the perfect primer to the works of William Shakespeare, packed with witty illustrations and inspirational quotes.

This bold book covers every work, from the comedies of Twelfth Night and As You Like It to the tragedies of Julius Caesar and Hamlet, plus lost plays and less well-known works of poetry. Easy-to-understand graphics and illustrations bring the themes, plots, characters and language of Shakespeare to life, including illustrated timelines which offer an at-a-glance summary of the action for each play. With detailed plot summaries and an in-depth analysis of the major characters and themes, this is a brilliant, innovative exploration of the entire canon of Shakespeare plays, sonnets and poetry.

Whether you're a Shakespeare scholar or a student of the great Bard, The Shakespeare Book offers a fuller appreciation of his phenomenal talent and lasting legacy.

Macbeth: York Notes for AS & A2 (Paperback): Alisdair Macrae Macbeth: York Notes for AS & A2 (Paperback)
Alisdair Macrae 1
R221 R182 Discovery Miles 1 820 Save R39 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Vital exam practice, revision and study for AS & A2 students from the UK's market leading brand.

York Notes Companions: Renaissance Poetry and Prose (Paperback): June Waudby York Notes Companions: Renaissance Poetry and Prose (Paperback)
June Waudby
R305 R247 Discovery Miles 2 470 Save R58 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From Milton and Donne to Anne Locke and Aemilia Lanyer, this guide to Renaissance poetry and prose explores key texts, contexts and connections and contains essential information on historical and cultural contexts and relevant literary criticism.

From Milton and Donne to Anne Locke and Aemilia Lanyer, this guide to Renaissance poetry and prose explores key texts, contexts and connections and contains essential information on historical and cultural contexts and relevant literary criticism.

  • This book contains a wealth of essential information to create a complete guide to the period and is part of the first series to offer a comprehensive and accessible overview to the period
  • June Waudby is extremely well known in the field, and has over ten years of teaching experience
  • The book contains features to improve the reader's understanding, including annotated timelines, bibliographies, and further reading
The Duchess of Malfi: York Notes Advanced (Paperback): Stephen Sims, X The Duchess of Malfi: York Notes Advanced (Paperback)
Stephen Sims, X 2
R213 R173 Discovery Miles 1 730 Save R40 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'York Notes Advanced' offer an accessible approach to English Literature. This series has been completely updated to meet the needs of today's A-level and undergraduate students. Written by established literature experts, 'York Notes Advanced' introduce students to sophisticated analysis, a range of critical perspectives and wider contexts.

York Notes Advanced - "Prelude" (Books 1 and 2) and Selected Poems (Paperback): William Wordsworth, Martin Gray York Notes Advanced - "Prelude" (Books 1 and 2) and Selected Poems (Paperback)
William Wordsworth, Martin Gray
R211 R171 Discovery Miles 1 710 Save R40 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

York Notes Advanced aim to help make the study of literature more fulfilling and lead to exam success. They should also be of interest to the general reader, as they cover the widest range of popular literature titles. This title covers William Wordsworth's The Prelude and selected poetry.

Dr Faustus (Paperback): C Marlowe Dr Faustus (Paperback)
C Marlowe 2
R210 R170 Discovery Miles 1 700 Save R40 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'York Notes' offer an approach to English literature that aims to fully reflect student needs. They are filled with summaries, commentaries, exam advice, margin and textual features to offer a wider context to the text and encourage a critical analysis.

Songs of Innocence and Experience: York Notes Advanced (Paperback): David Punter Songs of Innocence and Experience: York Notes Advanced (Paperback)
David Punter 2
R208 R168 Discovery Miles 1 680 Save R40 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'York Notes Advanced' offer an accessible approach to English Literature. This series has been completely updated to meet the needs of today's A-level and undergraduate students. Written by established literature experts, 'York Notes Advanced' introduce students to sophisticated analysis, a range of critical perspectives and wider contexts.

Metaphysical Poets: York Notes Advanced (Paperback): Pamela King Metaphysical Poets: York Notes Advanced (Paperback)
Pamela King
R211 R171 Discovery Miles 1 710 Save R40 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'York Notes Advanced' offer an accessible approach to English Literature. This series has been completely updated to meet the needs of today's A-level and undergraduate students. Written by established literature experts, 'York Notes Advanced' introduce students to more sophisticated analysis, a range of critical perspectives and wider contexts.

Selected Poems of John Donne: York Notes Advanced (Paperback, 2nd edition): Phillip Mallett Selected Poems of John Donne: York Notes Advanced (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Phillip Mallett
R210 R170 Discovery Miles 1 700 Save R40 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'York Notes Advanced' offer an accessible approach to English Literature. This series has been completely updated to meet the needs of today's A-level and undergraduate students. Written by established literature experts, York Notes Advanced introduce students to more sophisticated analysis, a range of critical perspectives and wider contexts.

Robinson Crusoe (Paperback): Daniel Defoe Robinson Crusoe (Paperback)
Daniel Defoe; Edited by Thomas Keymer; Introduction by James Kelly; Notes by James Kelly
R145 R134 Discovery Miles 1 340 Save R11 (8%) In stock

'I made him know his Name should be Friday, which was the Day I sav'd his Life...I likewise taught him to say Master' Robinson Crusoe's seafaring adventures are abruptly ended when he is shipwrecked, the solitary survivor on a deserted island. He gradually creates a life for himself, building a house, cultivating the land, and making a companion from the native whose life he saves. Daniel Defoe's enthralling story-telling and imaginatively detailed descriptions have ensured that his fiction masquerading as fact remains one of the most famous stories in English literature. On one level a simple adventure story, the novel also raises profound questions about moral and spiritual values, society, and man's abiding acquisitiveness. This new edition includes a scintillating Introduction and notes that illuminate the historical context. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

In Mohawk Country - Early Narratives of a Native People (Paperback, 1st ed): Dean R. Snow In Mohawk Country - Early Narratives of a Native People (Paperback, 1st ed)
Dean R. Snow
R618 R493 Discovery Miles 4 930 Save R125 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

For centuries the history of the Mohawk Valley has been shaped by the complex relationships among the valley's native inhabitants, the Mohawk Indians, and its colonists, starting with the Dutch. In Mohawk Country collects for the first time the principal documentary narratives that reveal the full scope of this Mohawk-settler interaction. Some of the sources have never before been translated into English, and several have not been previously published. Of those works that had been published, nearly all are out of print. The Mohawk location near Albany, New York put them at the center of transactions between the Iroquois and European colonists. (The Mohawk were one of the constituent nations within the League of the Iroquois.) These narratives-written by Dutch merchants, French Jesuit missionaries, English soldiers, romantic European travelers, and other literate observers-provide often biased but always fascinating accounts of the Mohawk and their valley. The reader is treated to over two centuries of history, starting with the arrival of the Dutch in the early seventeenth century to the planning of the Erie Canal in the early nineteenth century. These records bring to life the rapid changes experienced by both the Mohawk and their European neighbors. Wars, catastrophic epidemics, and the diplomacy of nearly two centuries are all well represented in this volume. Fascinating cultural differences are also unearthed: the French, for example, dealt with the Mohawk much differently than the Dutch or the English. Just as importantly, these writings reveal--from the unique perspectives of the observer--

Empiricist Devotions - Science, Religion, and Poetry in Early Eighteenth-Century England (Hardcover): Courtney Weiss Smith Empiricist Devotions - Science, Religion, and Poetry in Early Eighteenth-Century England (Hardcover)
Courtney Weiss Smith
R1,100 Discovery Miles 11 000 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Featuring a moment in late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century England before the disciplinary divisions that we inherit today were established, Empiricist Devotions recovers a kind of empiricist thinking in which the techniques and emphases of science, religion, and literature combined and cooperated. This brand of empiricism was committed to particularized scrutiny and epistemological modesty. It was Protestant in its enabling premises and meditative practices. It earnestly affirmed that figurative language provided crucial tools for interpreting the divinely written world. Smith recovers this empiricism in Robert Boyle's analogies, Isaac Newton's metaphors, John Locke's narratives, Joseph Addison's personifications, Daniel Defoe's diction, John Gay's periphrases, and Alexander Pope's descriptive particulars. She thereby demonstrates that ""literary"" language played a key role in shaping and giving voice to the concerns of eighteenth-century science and religion alike. Empiricist Devotions combines intellectual history with close readings of a wide variety of texts, from sermons, devotional journals, and economic tracts to georgic poems, it-narratives, and microscopy treatises. This prizewinning book has important implications for our understanding of cultural and literary history, as scholars of the period's science have not fully appreciated figurative language's central role in empiricist thought, while scholars of its religion and literature have neglected the serious empiricist commitments motivating richly figurative devotional and poetic texts. Winner of the Walker Cowen Memorial Prize for an Outstanding Work of Scholarship in Eighteenth-Century Studies

Mapping Region in Early American Writing (Hardcover): Edward Watts, Keri Holt, John Funchion Mapping Region in Early American Writing (Hardcover)
Edward Watts, Keri Holt, John Funchion
R1,125 Discovery Miles 11 250 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Mapping Region in Early American Writing is a collection of essays that study how early American writers thought about the spaces around them. The contributors reconsider the various roles regions-imagined politically, economically, racially, and figuratively-played in the formation of American communities, both real and imagined. These texts vary widely: some are canonical, others archival; some literary, others scientific; some polemical, others simply documentary. As a whole, they recreate important mental mappings and cartographies, and they reveal how diverse populations imagined themselves, their communities, and their nation as occupying the American landscape. Focusing on place-specific, local writing published before 1860, Mapping Region in Early American Writing examines a period often overlooked in studies of regional literature in America. More than simply offering a prehistory of regionalist writing, these essays offer new ways of theorizing and studying regional spaces in the United States as it grew from a union of disparate colonies along the eastern seaboard into an industrialized nation on the verge of overseas empire building. They also seek to amplify lost voices of diverse narratives from minority, frontier, and outsider groups alongside their more well-known counterparts in a time when America's landscapes and communities were constantly evolving.

Old Norse Made New - Essays on the Post-Medieval Reception of Old Norse Literature and Culture (Paperback): David Clark, Carl... Old Norse Made New - Essays on the Post-Medieval Reception of Old Norse Literature and Culture (Paperback)
David Clark, Carl Phelpstead
R263 R229 Discovery Miles 2 290 Save R34 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Presents eight essays on translations and reinterpretations of Old Norse myth and saga from the eighteenth century.

Volume the First - A Facsimile (Hardcover, Facsimile edition): Jane Austen Volume the First - A Facsimile (Hardcover, Facsimile edition)
Jane Austen; Introduction by Kathryn Sutherland
R616 Discovery Miles 6 160 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A plain, blank stationer's notebook from the 1780s in the Bodleian Library contains some of the most famous juvenilia in all of English literature. Copied out in Jane Austen's youthful hand, Volume the First, which takes its name from the inscription on the cover, preserves the stories, playlets, verses, and moral fragments she wrote during her teenage years. For the first time, the entire manuscript of Volume the First is available in a printed facsimile. In it, we see the young author's delight in language, in expressing ideas and sentiments sharply and economically. We also see Jane Austen learning the craft of genre by closely observing and parodying the popular stories of her day. Kathryn Sutherland's introduction places Jane's Austen's earliest works in context and explains how she mimicked even the style and manner in which these stories were presented and arranged on the page. Clearly the work of a teenager, Volume the First reveals the development of the unmistakable voice and style that would mark out Jane Austen as one of the most popular authors of all time. None of her six famous novels survives in manuscript form. This is a unique opportunity to own a likeness of Jane Austen's hand in the form of a complete manuscript facsimile.

All the Sonnets of Shakespeare (Hardcover): William Shakespeare All the Sonnets of Shakespeare (Hardcover)
William Shakespeare; Edited by Paul Edmondson, Stanley Wells
R358 R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Save R62 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How can we look afresh at Shakespeare as a writer of sonnets? What new light might they shed on his career, personality, and sexuality? Shakespeare wrote sonnets for at least thirty years, not only for himself, for professional reasons, and for those he loved, but also in his plays, as prologues, as epilogues, and as part of their poetic texture. This ground-breaking book assembles all of Shakespeare's sonnets in their probable order of composition. An inspiring introduction debunks long-established biographical myths about Shakespeare's sonnets and proposes new insights about how and why he wrote them. Explanatory notes and modern English paraphrases of every poem and dramatic extract illuminate the meaning of these sometimes challenging but always deeply rewarding witnesses to Shakespeare's inner life and professional expertise. Beautifully printed and elegantly presented, this volume will be treasured by students, scholars, and every Shakespeare enthusiast.

A history of South African literature - Afrikaans literature 17th - 19th centuries (Paperback): Jerzy Koch A history of South African literature - Afrikaans literature 17th - 19th centuries (Paperback)
Jerzy Koch
R580 R502 Discovery Miles 5 020 Save R78 (13%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

Literary history is a problematic and shifting discourse, especially in the multilingual, post-colonial South African situation. In this book, the author draws on his intimate knowledge of documents written in Dutch during the 17th century and the texts that were produced in this language and its variations as it gradually became Afrikaans by the end of the 19th century. A History of South African Literature: Afrikaans Literature 17th-19th centuries brings an important expansion and regeneration of Afrikaans historiography within the context of South African literary history. A History of South African Literature: Afrikaans Literature 17th-19th centuries is divided into three broad historical periods: the Dutch colonial time (1652-1795), British colonial time (first part of the 19th century) and the time of the language movements (latter half of the 19th century). It follows an inclusive approach, discussing and contextualising a wide variety of documents, like travelogues and personal as well as official journals and other "non-literary texts". The thorough analyses of previously neglected works, like those produced at Genadendal, provide a rich and textured image of the history of writing in South Africa.

From Humanism to Hobbes - Studies in Rhetoric and Politics (Paperback): Quentin Skinner From Humanism to Hobbes - Studies in Rhetoric and Politics (Paperback)
Quentin Skinner
R627 R502 Discovery Miles 5 020 Save R125 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The aim of this collection is to illustrate the pervasive influence of humanist rhetoric on early-modern literature and philosophy. The first half of the book focuses on the classical rules of judicial rhetoric. One chapter considers the place of these rules in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, while two others concentrate on the technique of rhetorical redescription, pointing to its use in Machiavelli's The Prince as well as in several of Shakespeare's plays, notably Coriolanus. The second half of the book examines the humanist background to the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes. A major new essay discusses his typically humanist preoccupation with the visual presentation of his political ideas, while other chapters explore the rhetorical sources of his theory of persons and personation, thereby offering new insights into his views about citizenship, political representation, rights and obligations and the concept of the state.

Piers Plowman and the Poetics of Enigma - Riddles, Rhetoric, and Theology (Hardcover): Curtis A. Gruenler Piers Plowman and the Poetics of Enigma - Riddles, Rhetoric, and Theology (Hardcover)
Curtis A. Gruenler
R1,650 Discovery Miles 16 500 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In this book, Curtis Gruenler proposes that the concept of the enigmatic, latent in a wide range of medieval thinking about literature, can help us better understand in medieval terms much of the era's most enduring literature, from the riddles of the Anglo-Saxon bishop Aldhelm to the great vernacular works of Dante, Chaucer, Julian of Norwich, and, above all, Langland's Piers Plowman. Riddles, rhetoric, and theology-the three fields of meaning of aenigma in medieval Latin-map a way of thinking about reading and writing obscure literature that was widely shared across the Middle Ages. The poetics of enigma links inquiry about language by theologians with theologically ambitious literature. Each sense of enigma brings out an aspect of this poetics. The playfulness of riddling, both oral and literate, was joined to a Christian vision of literature by Aldhelm and the Old English riddles of the Exeter Book. Defined in rhetoric as an obscure allegory, enigma was condemned by classical authorities but resurrected under the influence of Augustine as an aid to contemplation. Its theological significance follows from a favorite biblical verse among medieval theologians, "We see now through a mirror in an enigma, then face to face" (1 Cor. 13:12). Along with other examples of the poetics of enigma, Piers Plowman can be seen as a culmination of centuries of reflection on the importance of obscure language for knowing and participating in endless mysteries of divinity and humanity and a bridge to the importance of the enigmatic in modern literature. This book will be especially useful for scholars and undergraduate students interested in medieval European literature, literary theory, and contemplative theology.

Shakespeare's Dead (Paperback): Emma Smith, Simon Palfrey Shakespeare's Dead (Paperback)
Emma Smith, Simon Palfrey
R526 Discovery Miles 5 260 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Pyramus: 'Now die, die, die, die, die.' [Dies] A Midsummer Night's Dream 'Shakespeare's Dead' reveals the unique ways in which Shakespeare brings dying, death, and the dead to life. It establishes the cultural, religious and social contexts for thinking about early modern death, with particular reference to the plague which ravaged Britain during his lifetime, and against the divisive background of the Reformation. But it also shows how death on stage is different from death in real life. The dead come to life, ghosts haunt the living, and scenes of mourning are subverted by the fact that the supposed corpse still breathes. Shakespeare scripts his scenes of dying with extraordinary care. Famous final speeches - like Hamlet's 'The rest is silence', Mercutio's 'A plague o' both your houses', or Richard III's 'My kingdom for a horse' - are also giving crucial choices to the actors as to exactly how and when to die. Instead of the blank finality of death, we get a unique entrance into the loneliness or confusion of dying. 'Shakespeare's Dead' tells of death-haunted heroes such as Macbeth and Hamlet, and death-teasing heroines like Juliet, Ophelia, and Cleopatra. It explores the fear of 'something after death', and characters' terrifying visions of being dead. But it also uncovers the constant presence of death in Shakespeare's comedies, and how the grinning jester might be a leering skull in disguise. This book celebrates the paradox: the life in death in Shakespeare.

Cardenio between Cervantes and Shakespeare - The Story of a Lost Play (Paperback, New): Roger Chartier Cardenio between Cervantes and Shakespeare - The Story of a Lost Play (Paperback, New)
Roger Chartier
R460 Discovery Miles 4 600 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How should we read a text that does not exist, or present a play the manuscript of which is lost and the identity of whose author cannot be established for certain?

Such is the enigma posed by "Cardenio" - a play performed in England for the first time in 1612 or 1613 and attributed forty years later to Shakespeare (and Fletcher). Its plot is that of a 'novella' inserted into Don Quixote, a work that circulated throughout the major countries of Europe, where it was translated and adapted for the theatre. In England, Cervantes' novel was known and cited even before it was translated in 1612 and had inspired "Cardenio."

But there is more at stake in this enigma. This was a time when, thanks mainly to the invention of the printing press, there was a proliferation of discourses. There was often a reaction when it was feared that this proliferation would become excessive, and many writings were weeded out. Not all were destined to survive, in particular plays for the theatre, which, in many cases, were never published. This genre, situated at the bottom of the literary hierarchy, was well suited to the existence of ephemeral works. However, if an author became famous, the desire for an archive of his works prompted the invention of textual relics, the restoration of remainders ruined by the passing of time or, in order to fill in the gaps, in some cases, even the fabrication of forgeries. Such was the fate of "Cardenio" in the eighteenth century.

Retracing the history of this play therefore leads one to wonder about the status, in the past, of works today judged to be canonical. In this book the reader will rediscover the malleability of texts, transformed as they were by translations and adaptations, their migrations from one genre to another, and their changing meanings constructed by their various publics. Thanks to Roger Chartier's forensic skills, fresh light is cast upon the mystery of a play lacking a text but not an author.

Jane Austen: Writer in the World (Hardcover): Kathryn Sutherland Jane Austen: Writer in the World (Hardcover)
Kathryn Sutherland
R829 R782 Discovery Miles 7 820 Save R47 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This collection of essays offers an intimate history of Austen's art and life told through objects associated with her personally and with the era in which she lived. Her teenage notebooks, music albums, pelisse-coat, letters, the homemade booklets in which she composed her novels and the portraits made of her during her life all feature in this lavishly illustrated collection. By interpreting the outrageous literary jokes in her early notebooks we can glimpse the shared reading activities of Jane and her family, together with the love of satire and home entertainment which can be traced in the subtler humour of her mature work. It is well known that Austen played the piano but her music books reveal how music was used to create networks far more intricate than the simple pleasures of home recital. Examination of Austen's pelisse-coat tells us something about her physique and, with the lively letters to her sister Cassandra, gives an insight into her views on fashion. The exploration of yet more objects - the Regency novel, newspaper articles, naval logbooks, and contemporary political cartoons - reveals Austen's filiations with wider social and political worlds. These 'things' map the threads connecting her (from India to Bath and from North America to Chawton) to those on the international stage during the wars with France that raged through much of her short life. Finally, this book charts her reputation over the two hundred years since her death, offering fresh interpretations of Jane Austen's changing place in the world.

Shakespeare Survey 73 - Shakespeare and the City (Hardcover): Emma Smith Shakespeare Survey 73 - Shakespeare and the City (Hardcover)
Emma Smith
R2,451 Discovery Miles 24 510 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Shakespeare Survey is a yearbook of Shakespeare studies and production. Since 1948, Survey has published the best international scholarship in English and many of its essays have become classics of Shakespeare criticism. Each volume is devoted to a theme, or play, or group of plays; each also contains a section of reviews of that year's textual and critical studies and of the year's major British performances. The theme for Volume 73 is 'Shakespeare and the City'. The complete set of Survey volumes is also available online at https://www.cambridge.org/core/what-we-publish/collections/shakespeare-survey This fully searchable resource enables users to browse by author, essay and volume, search by play, theme and topic and save and bookmark their results.

The Cambridge History of the Gothic: Volume 1, Gothic in the Long Eighteenth Century - Volume 1: Gothic in the Long Eighteenth... The Cambridge History of the Gothic: Volume 1, Gothic in the Long Eighteenth Century - Volume 1: Gothic in the Long Eighteenth Century (Hardcover)
Angela Wright, Dale Townshend
R3,251 Discovery Miles 32 510 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This first volume of The Cambridge History of the Gothic provides a rigorous account of the Gothic in Western civilisation, from the Goths' sacking of Rome in 410 AD through to its manifestations in British and European culture of the long eighteenth century. Written by international cast of leading scholars, the chapters explore the interdisciplinary nature of the Gothic in the fields of history, literature, architecture and fine art. As much a cultural history of Gothic as an account of the ways in which the Gothic has participated within a number of formative historical events across time, the volume offers fresh perspectives on familiar themes while also drawing new critical attention to a range of hitherto overlooked concerns. From writers such as Horace Walpole and Ann Radcliffe to eighteenth-century politics and theatre, the volume provides a thorough and engaging overview of early Gothic culture in Britain and beyond.

The Genius of Jane Austen - Her Love of Theatre and Why She is a Hit in Hollywood (Paperback, Epub Edition): Paula Byrne The Genius of Jane Austen - Her Love of Theatre and Why She is a Hit in Hollywood (Paperback, Epub Edition)
Paula Byrne 1
R307 R195 Discovery Miles 1 950 Save R112 (36%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A radical look at Jane Austen as you've never seen her - as a lover of farce, comic theatre and juvenilia. The Genius of Jane Austen celebrates Britain's favourite novelist 200 years after her death and explores why her books make such awesome movies, time after time. Jane Austen loved the theatre. She learned much of her art from a long tradition of English comic drama and took joyous participation in amateur theatricals. Her juvenilia, then Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park and Emma were shaped by the arts of theatrical comedy. Her admiration for drama's dialogue, characterisation, plotting, exits and entrances is why she has been dramatised so successfully on screen in the last twenty years - and these versions are at the centre of her continuing fame, culminating in her celebration on GBP10 note. Austen expert and author of The Real Jane Austen, Paula Byrne looks at stage adaptations of Austen's novels (including one called Miss Elizabeth Bennet by A. A. Milne) to modern classics, including the BBC Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion, Emma Thompson's Sense and Sensibility, and the phenomenally brilliant and successful Clueless, The Genius of Jane Austen presents an Austen not of prim manners and genteel calm, but filled with wild comedy and outrageous behaviour.

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