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Why Jane Austen is THE Best Novelist of Our Time

A TRUTH UNIVERSALLY ACKNOWLEDGED Edited by Susannah Carson

by Susannah Carson, author of  A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen (Random House, 2009).

“Can Jane Austen’s novels be considered the best novels of our time?”

“Why yes,” I responded, with the bewildered expression of someone who’s just been asked if she breathes air, “of course.”

But ever since that snippet of conversation I’ve been turning the topic over and over. Is it simply a devout preference? Or is it also a fact of literary history?

If we want to make the move from personal belief to universal truth, we’ll have to define our terms… Continue reading

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Why do YOU read Jane Austen?

A Truth Universally Acknowledged

A Truth Universally Acknowledged

For so many of us a Jane Austen novel is much more than the epitome of a great read. It is a delight and a solace, a challenge and a reward, and perhaps even an obsession. For two centuries Austen has enthralled readers. Few other authors can claim as many fans or as much devotion. So why are we so fascinated with her novels? What is it about her prose that has made Jane Austen so universally beloved?

Send an e-mail to rhpg@randomhouse.com and explain (in 500-1000 words) the significance Jane Austen has had on the literary world and in your own life, and you will be entered for the chance to win a signed copy of A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen, along with The Complete Novels of Jane Austen, volume 1 and The Complete Novels of Jane Austen, volume 2.

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