Jane Austen's Guide to Good Manners: Compliments, Charades and Horrible Blunders

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A&C Black, Jun 1, 2012 - Humor - 144 pages
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How to pay and return formal 'calls'; how to refuse a proposal of marriage; who should lead off the dancing at a country-house ball; what to wear for a morning walk... Today such social niceties are largely ignored or forgotten, but they underpin all of Jane Austen's timeless novels and are explored and dealt with in this highly original book.

Written as if intended for Austen's original readers in the Regency era, and illustrated with exquisitely witty watercolours, Jane Austen's Guide to Good Manners is a light-hearted, entertaining and instructive little handbook of etiquette as depicted in Jane's novels and letters. It will not only offer sound wisdom and pearls of advice, but also encourage the modern-day reader to look back at Jane's work with a new and deepened appreciation.
 

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User Review  - DWWilkin - LibraryThing

If you are a Janeite, this is a very insightful compilation of regency mores and etiquette to guide you along and show you how Jane perceived the world and how her writing commented upon it. That is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Aleksandra - LibraryThing

An adorable and quick read for Jane Austen fans. Though it is by no means an all-encompassing guide to the manners of the Regency era, it will amuse you for a few hours, which is about how much time you'll need to finish this little book. Read full review

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Henrietta Webb is the co-creator of Bad Hair (published by Bloomsbury) and Josephine Ross has written a number of books including, most recently, Jane Austen: A Companion, published by Jane Austen's original publisher John Murray.

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