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Jane Austen's Guide to Good Manners: Compliments, Charades & Horrible Blunders [Hardcover]

By Josephine Ross & Henrietta Webb (Illustrator)
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Pages   133
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 4.5" Height: 7.25"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 3, 2006
Publisher   Bloomsbury USA
ISBN  159691274X  
EAN  9781596912748  

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Item Description...
Presents a guide to the social behaviors and manners of eigthteenth century England using the literary device of the English author talking to her niece, covering such social situations as forms of introduction, dancing, dining, entertaining, and marriage proposals.

Publishers Description
Jane Austen's Guide to Good Manners is a light-hearted, insightful handbook written as if intended for her original Regency Era readers, and illustrated throughout with beautiful watercolors. When Anna, Jane Austen's young niece, sent her a novel for “literary comment,” Jane loved everything about it, except its utter disregard for the manners of the day. The resulting and tender correspondence between the two serves as the foundation for this instructional book.
Etiquette and social behavior of the early 1800s come to life in lovely chapters teaching one on how to pay and return formal “calls,” how to properly refuse a proposal of marriage, who should lead off the dancing at a country-house ball, and what to wear for a morning walk. Jane Austen used these daily customs and niceties to brilliantly illuminate the cloistered world of high society women in her timeless novels. Now with this delightful handbook of correct social behavior, readers will learn just why Mrs. Bennet of Pride and Prejudice couldn't call alone on her new, rich, bachelor neighbor and had to force the reluctant Mr. Bennet to do so…even as he uttered “Tis an etiquette I despise.”
An indispensable gift for any Austen fan, this beautiful book will prove irresistible to anyone wishing to go back in time to the atmosphere of their favorite Austen novels.

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More About Josephine Ross & Henrietta Webb

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Josephine Ross studied English at London University. Upon graduating, she worked for Vogue magazine before being commissioned to write her first book. Since then, she has written television drama scripts and a number of histories and biographies, including The Tudors and The Monarchy of Britain. She lives in London with her husband, the historian James Chambers.

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Terrific  Oct 6, 2008
Light, humorous and indispensable. This is also a beautiful book, made with care. It's as much a pleasure to hold as it is to read. Concise, to the point, you can find whatever you need regarding social matters within a minute or so. Highly recommended.
Lots of Fun  Jun 22, 2008
As a Jane Austen fan I got a kick out of this book. It can be picked up and read when you have a minute or an entire evening.
Beautifully Presented  May 7, 2008
Not only is the content of this guide insightful, witty and fun, the presentation is just wonderful. It is a slightly small book, hardcover, with a cover jacket (as pictured), as well as a string bookmark. The watercolours throughout are delightful, and add to the content.

The excerpts from Austen's letters add to the information being presented, as well as illustrative examples from her novels. This guide helped to explain some of the finer points and traditions featured throughout the novels.

A very handsome looking book with impressive content.
Great book for the Regency Period  Apr 15, 2008
This book is great if you are interested in etiquette, dress and marriage - Regency style. The book enlightened me on several things like - if I would refuse to dance with a man when he asked me, I would have to sit out two dances - if he found another partner. If he did not find another partner, I could not dance the rest of the night! It incorporates the characters of Jane Austen - why they did what they did, or why they didn't. Great book to have! I've shared it with all of my friends!
Wonderful little accompaniment to Jane's novels.  Dec 7, 2007
This is a wonderful addition to the Jane Austen enthusiest's library. It explains the etiquette and lifestyle of the time, using scriptures from the novels themselves as examples. At the time I bought this, I had only just seen the Pride & Prejudice movie. I had yet to read the novel. I found myself wondering why Elizabeth Bennet was so upset by her sister's elopement. This small companion does such a good job of explaining this and much more. Now I can pick up on many more things in the movie that I missed before that give it more meaning- All the little manners and behaviors that have been forgotten over the years are concisely laid out here, in this tiny book.

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