The Things that Really Matter–

A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things that Really Matter by William Deresiewicz is a wonderful overview of the depth of Jane Austen’s genius presented in the unique form of a literary analysis cum diary. I dearly wish I had read it before I met Bill in August 2012 in at the Decatur Book Festival. I’d have loved to discuss any number of his insights and explore further some of his conclusions. This “study” of Austen and Peter Leithart’s Miniatures and Morals are my top references and sources of inspiration should I ever dare to write more Austen-inspired novels. Thanks, Bill for a very enjoyable and informative read and next time our paths cross at an Austen event, let’s get together for tea!



2 thoughts on “The Things that Really Matter–

  1. Lucy Parker says:

    A group of us read his book and enjoyed some good discussions. It was refreshing to have him take us back to Miss Austen’s work, without the influence of paraliterature. If you get together, please share your insights.

  2. Laura says:

    Are you still thinking about doing a fourth book in your Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman series? I have not seen anything about it for a while.

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