Earlier this year the publisher of the Dummies books published a Jane Austen resource book. Sticking with their infamous titles, the book is called Jane Austen for Dummies. The book really isn’t for dummies, it’s for anyone interested in Jane Austen. (Which, as I’ve said before, should be everyone.
JA for Dummies generously covers:
- Austen history
- The world in which Austen lived
- Enjoying Austen and how she still influences us today
The book can be read cover-to-cover, it’s in the casual writing style of all Dummies books, or as an interesting reference book, which is how I’ve been using it. (Who knew that Farley Granger played Darcy on stage? Not exactly my image of Mr. D.)
The author of JA for Dummies is Joan Klingel Ray, PhD, current president of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA)–clearly an authority. Dr. Ray recently participated in an interesting interview over on AustenBlog. She also provided a list of corrections for JA for Dummies, ed. 1, that are necessary because the publisher rushed the editing process. Take a few minutes to enjoy both.
I highly recommend the interview, the corrections, and, of course, the book!