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Mrs Clay

The Austen Expert's Companion to 'persuasion'



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Mrs Clay by Dorothea-Sofia Rossellini
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Mrs Clay: The Austen Expert's Companion to 'Persuasion' An unusual comedy, in which modern wit and nineteenth-century story-telling blend with a serious reassessment of Austen's final novel, Persuasion, and the state of mind of its author when she cut it short-- leaving plot lines dangling-- to spend her last creative burst on Sanditon. Like any decent nineteenth-century novel, Mrs Clay delivers vividly-drawn characters to like and loathe, pauses for moral reflection, and a satisfying Wildean conclusion: "The good end happily, the bad, unhappily: that is what 'fiction' means." Behind the humour, though, is a passionately-argued reworking of Persuasion's themes of endurance, choice and responsibility-- and behind them, the figure of Austen herself as she wrote her last novel: already ill, with family finances vanishing, and existing-- like Persuasion's heroine, and Mrs Clay's own-- in a climate of "ethical fashion" as judgemental as it was changeable, where their few choices (so hard to make, so painful in regret)-- were in any case only between one indeterminate destination and another. Show less... Language
Release date NZ
May 14th, 2017
5 Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white
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