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The Lost Books of Jane Austen

The Lost Books of Jane Austen (Hardback)

By Barchas, Janine

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Thoroughly innovative and occasionally irreverent, this book will appeal in equal measure to book historians, Austen fans, and scholars of literary celebrity.

ISBN 9781421431598
Barcode 9781421431598
Published 15 October 2019 by Johns Hopkins University Press
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781421431598
ISBN-10 1421431599
Stock Available
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Johns Hopkins University Press
Imprint Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication Date 15 October 2019
International Publication Date 8 October 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Barchas, Janine
Category Literature: History & Criticism
Literary Theory
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 216mm
Height: 241mm
Spine: 27mm
Weight 1,179g
Interest Age 18+ years
Reading Age 18+ years
Library of Congress Austen, Jane, Austen, Jane - Appreciation, Authors and readers - Great Britain - History, Authors and publishers - United States - History, Authors and readers - United States - History
NBS Text Literary Theory
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 823.7
Catalogue Code 998547

Description of this Book

In the nineteenth century, inexpensive editions of Jane Austen's novels targeted to Britain's working classes were sold at railway stations, traded for soap wrappers, and awarded as school prizes. At just pennies a copy, these reprints were some of the earliest mass-market paperbacks, with Austen's beloved stories squeezed into tight columns on thin, cheap paper. Few of these hard-lived bargain books survive, yet they made a substantial difference to Austen's early readership. These were the books bought and read by ordinary people. Packed with nearly 100 full-color photographs of dazzling, sometimes gaudy, sometimes tasteless covers, The Lost Books of Jane Austen is a unique history of these rare and forgotten Austen volumes. Such shoddy editions, Janine Barchas argues, were instrumental in bringing Austen's work and reputation before the general public. Only by examining them can we grasp the chaotic range of Austen's popular reach among working-class readers. Informed by the author's years of unconventional book hunting, The Lost Books of Jane Austen will surprise even the most ardent Janeite with glimpses of scruffy survivors that challenge the prevailing story of the author's steady and genteel rise. Thoroughly innovative and occasionally irreverent, this book will appeal in equal measure to book historians, Austen fans, and scholars of literary celebrity.

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Author's Bio

Janine Barchas is the Louann and Larry Temple Centennial Professor of English Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Matters of Fact in Jane Austen: History, Location, and Celebrity and Graphic Design, Print Culture, and the Eighteenth-Century Novel. She is also the creator behind What Jane Saw (www.whatjanesaw.org).

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