Jane Austen and her Country-House Comedy

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(4.1 stars; 8 reviews)

Written for the centenary of Jane Austen's death, W. H. Helm reflects poetically on the timelessness of her work: the must of age has not settled on her books. The lavender may lie between their pages, but it is still sweet. Helm briefly surveys Jane Austen's influences, literary contemporaries and themes. He is particularly interested in her ideas and characters, and his short book is fully of pithy quotes encapsulating "the best of Jane Austen". Summary by Beth Thomas (4 hr 50 min)


Chapter I - Dominant Qualities 45:36 Read by Deon Gines
Chapter II - Equipment and Method 54:37 Read by Beth Thomas (1974-2020)
Chapter III - Contact with Life 44:15 Read by Ciufi Galeazzi
Chapter IV - Ethics and Optimism 42:20 Read by Ciufi Galeazzi
Chapter V - The Impartial Satirist 40:50 Read by Ciufi Galeazzi
Chapter VI - Personal and Topographical 57:54 Read by MargaretD
Chapter VII - Influence in Literature 4:58 Read by Beth Thomas (1974-2020)


(4 stars)

A wonderful book that gives a glimpse into this loved author. Some of the reading is not as pleasing to listen to as others

Insights galore

(5 stars)

Many unique perspectives on Jane Austen's life and works will interest those who enjoy her novels.