A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter
by William Deresiewicz

Lessons learned from Jane Austen books in the form of a memoir.  Jane Austen Education

Opening paragraphI was twenty-six and about as dumb, in all human things, as any twenty-six-year-old has the right to be, when I met the woman who would change my life.  That she’d been dead for a couple of hundred years made not the slightest difference whatsoever.  Her name was Jane Austen, and she would teach me everything I know about everything that matters.

Quotes from critics“[Deresiewicz] writes with wit, charm and candor, and the result is simply delightful.” (Associated Press); “Sharp, endearingly self-effacing… a profound truth lies embedded in Deresiewicz’s witty account.” (The New York Times);  “With A Jane Austen Education, Deresiewicz writes with discerning wit and quiet perception about the lessons in friendship, empathy, honesty, happiness, and love he learns from each of Austen’s immortal novels.” (Chicago Tribune); “[Deresiewicz] is charming on the page. He talks about literary characters as if they were real people, and about Austen as if she lived at the end of the block…he does so in a style that comes across as fresh and conversational, like a genuinely witty bibliophile you’d like to talk with at a party.” (Los Angeles Review of Books)

BioWilliam Deresiewicz (1964- ) is an American author, essayist, and literary critic.  After teaching English at Yale for a decade, he became a popular critic, appearing in The Nation, The American Scholar, The New Republic, and The New York Times.  His blog, All Points, appears each Monday on the American Scholar website.