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by Richard Jenkyns

ISBN: 0199276617
ISBN13: 978-0199276615
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 15, 2004)
Pages: 230
Category: History and Criticism
Subategory: Literature

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In A Fine Brush on Ivory, Richard Jenkyns takes us on an amiable tour of Austen's fictional world, opening a. .Insightful and highly entertaining, A Fine Brush on Ivory captures the spirit and originality of Jane Austen's work. It will be a cherished keepsake or gift for her many fans.

In A Fine Brush on Ivory, Richard Jenkyns takes us on an amiable tour of Austen's fictional world, opening a window on some of the great works of world literature. Focusing largely on Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Emma, but with many diverting side trips to Austen's other novels, Jenkyns shines a loving light on the exquisite craftsmanship and profound moral imagination that informs her writing. Readers will find, for instance, a wonderful discussion of characterization in Austen. Скачать (pdf, . 6 Mb) Читать.

A Fine Brush on Ivory book. The title of this fantastic- and entirely too short- volume of Jane Austen criticism is derived from an oft quoted line recorded in a letter of Austen’s to one of her nephews, describing her writing as the little bit (two Inches wide) of Ivory on which I work with so fine a Brush, as produces little effect after. Nearly two hundred years later, Richard Jenkyns believes we should see the irony in this statement.

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In A Fine Brush on Ivory, Richard Jenkyns takes u.Better than any other book about Jane Austen's craft that I have read, this book puts Ms. Austen's accomplishments in perspective. His explications leave his reader with a greater understanding of how it happens that Austen's work continues to delight us and why it is possible that it has inspired so many other works of fiction. I originally bought this to read on my Kindle. But I later bought a hardcover version for easier use of the index.

What is it about Jane Austen's writing that brings such pleasure? There are good, even great novelists who are not good storytellers, and there are highly gifted storytellers who write thoroughly bad books. Jane Austen was both. Jane Austen was both a very good storyteller and a great novelist. How did she do it? Richard Jenkyns's sparkling study delights in Austen's craft, wit, and pathos. His deep reading of the novels illuminates the subtlety, depth, and innovation that lie within them.

A Fine Brush On Ivory. An Appreciation of Jane Austen. Richard Jenkyns's sparkling study delights in Austen's craft, wit, and pathos. Writing in a style worthy of Austen herself, Jenkyns reveals the complexity and originality underlying this great popular novelist's work. He explores the development of her style, storytelling, and characterization, her technical prowess, and her place in comparison with her contemporaries, with a grace and wit worthy of the subject herself.

Richard Jenkyns' 2004 "A Fine Brush On Ivory" is the very best kind of literary criticism, an.

Richard Jenkyns' 2004 "A Fine Brush On Ivory" is the very best kind of literary criticism, an elegant and fascinating exploration of the art and artistry of romance novelist Jane Austen. Austen's fans know that her novels are entertaining through repeated readings; Jenkyns explores the why of that happy fact.

Richard Jenkyns & D. A. Miller. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 64 (3):387-389 (2006). Jane Austen, A bibliography; Compton. The Austen- Gaskell book. Scenes from the works of Jane Austen and Mrs. Gaskell. Sense and Sensibility.

A FINE BRUSH ON IVORY: AN APPRECIATION OF JANE AUSTEN by Richard Jenkyns OUP, £1. 9, pp. 200 . 200, ISBN 0199276617 £1. 9 (plus £. 5 p&p) 0870 800 4848. Each of us has a private Austen' is the first line of Karen Joy Fowler's readable and ingenious novel. This sentence, and her title, encapsulate her theme. Jenkyns observes how the solidity of Jane Austen's characters makes it possible to judge them differently than she herself seems to. This is what makes her such a perfect subject for the book-club discussions.

Jane Austen's work was a true triumph of the comic spirit--of deep comedy, rising from the heart of human life. In A Fine Brush on Ivory, Richard Jenkyns takes us on an amiable tour of Austen's fictional world, opening a window on some of the great works of world literature. Focusing largely on Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Emma, but with many diverting side trips to Austen's other novels, Jenkyns shines a loving light on the exquisite craftsmanship and profound moral imagination that informs her writing. Readers will find, for instance, a wonderful discussion of characterization in Austen. Jenkyns's insight into figures such as Mr. Bennett or Mrs. Norris is brilliant--particularly his portrait of the amusing, clever, always ironic Mr. Bennett, whose humor (Jenkyns shows) arises out of a deeply unhappy and disappointing marriage. The author pays due homage to Austen's unmatched skill with complex plotting--the beauty with which the primary plot and the various subplots are woven together--highlighting the infinite care she took to make each plot detail as natural and as plausible as possible. Perhaps most important, Jenkyns illuminates the heart of Austen's moral imagination: she is constantly aware, throughout her works, of the nearness of evil to the comfortable social surface. She knows that the socially acceptable sins may be truly cruel and vicious, knows that society can be red in tooth and claw, and yet she allows the pleasures of comedy and celebration to subordinate them. Insightful and highly entertaining, A Fine Brush on Ivory captures the spirit and originality of Jane Austen's work. It will be a cherished keepsake or gift for her many fans.
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Grarana
Richard Jenkyns' 2004 "A Fine Brush On Ivory" is the very best kind of literary criticism, an elegant and fascinating exploration of the art and artistry of romance novelist Jane Austen. Austen's fans know that her novels are entertaining through repeated readings; Jenkyns explores the why of that happy fact.

Although Jenkyns does not quite come out and say so, Jane Austen was something of a perfectionist in her writing technique. Her stories are authentic, closely crafted, and subtle comedies of manners. She wrote for her own times, and Jenkyns helps us appreciate what might not be visible to the modern reader by peeling back the stories to examine the fine details of character and plot underneath.

Jenkyns surveys the published novels and some of the juvenalia, but, inevitably, "Pride and Prejudice" gets much attention as her most succesful work. Jenkyns explores the advantages of seeing the story through Elizabeth's eyes, including the result that Darcy remains something of a fascinating mystery to the end of the story. Supporting characters suggest surprising depth even with very brief appearences in the novel. Austen's characters successfully advance the storyline while behaving "in character", without the need for exotic events or circumstances.

Austen was not afraid to experiment within the narrow range of her experience and her improving technique. Jenkyns carefully disassembles "Mansfield Park" to reveal the complexities of its difficult plot. The conundrums inherent in the potential pairings of Mary and Henry Crawford with, respectively, Edmund Bertram and Fanny Price reveal the subtle workings of Austen's writing technique. The outcome suggests that Ausen deliberately set out to build a story around an atypical heroine and succeeded. "Emma", perhaps the most straight forward of Austen's romantic comedies, turns out to have unexpected heroes and villains. Jenkyns notes that "Persuasion" was very possibly wrapped up in some haste as Austen began to succumb to the disease that would kill her, but still manages to combine the essential elements of her style in a successful if shortened novel.

"A Fine Brush On Ivory" is very highly recommended to fans of Jane Austen as a delightful and detailed exploration of her art. Readers need not agree with every item to appreciate Jenkyns' enthusiasm for the topic. Students with less familiarity with Austen will also find this book to be a fascinating and accessible introduction to her style.

Twentyfirstfinger
I love Jane Austen and am always looking for works of criticism to enhance my appreciation of the novels. Over the years, I've been disappointed more often than not; I suspect that I'm really after wanting to recreate my reading experience but with a different lens. I thoroughly enjoyed this Austen critical work more than any other I've read. It goes into good depth while being wonderfully erudite and well-written and also providing very interesting analyses that were fresh and new to me. I wish Richard Jenkyns did something similar with the Brontes :)

Anaragelv
Better than any other book about Jane Austen's craft that I have read, this book puts Ms. Austen's accomplishments in perspective. Jenkyns eliminates much of the superfluous agenda that other modern critics have devised in order to put Austen in her place. His explications leave his reader with a greater understanding of how it happens that Austen's work continues to delight us and why it is possible that it has inspired so many other works of fiction. I originally bought this to read on my Kindle. But I later bought a hardcover version for easier use of the index.

Perius
Based on the comment Jane Austen made about her writing being just a fine brush working on a 2 inch wide piece of ivory. Lovely and I highly recommend it.

asAS
Well written, contributes to the topic, imaginative in terms of thinking and perspective. Helpful in writing a thesis on Austen.

Thomand
I was a little disappointed in this book. The reflections on Austen's work weren't as insightful or interesting as I was hoping.

snowball
It has been over a year since I read this book, but I thought I had to write something seeing the horrible single review it's received so far. Briefly, I enjoyed this book more than any other Austen criticism I've read. My background with Austen is that I did not read her in college, though I was an English major, but discovered P&P and then read the rest of her novels when I was about 25.

I found that reading this book was a bit like that experience, letting me revisit the characters and settings I had enjoyed so much. Moreover, the author's analysis lead me to consider all the novels in ways I hadn't before. These ways were not radically different, but I thought this book built wonderfully on a variety of the author's subtle observations (not unlike Austen's own style, eh?). I especially liked the bit on Pride and Prejudice, which is often thought of as Austen's simplest novel. The idea that Mr. Bennet is a sort of villain darkened the novel a bit, and made me think about how easily P&P could have been as brooding as Mansfield Park. The author's analysis of the character's interaction revealed how complicated and insightful Austen is even in her lightest and brightest work.

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