Jane Austen’s Town and Country Style by Susan Watkins
Perhaps the most distinctive feature of the period in which Jane Austen lived and set her novels is its style. Lending itself perfectly to costume parties and period drama, the sumptuousness of Georgian fashion, interiors and furnishings is instantly recognisable and enduringly appealing in its glamour.
Following Jane Austen’s life story, Susan Watkins describes the manners and looks of Georgian society, from the novels Jane Austen read and admired to the etiquette of a Georgian dinner.
Watkins is careful to situate her topics in a wider social and historical context, while painting in detail the small slice of Georgian life Jane Austen experienced and described in her novels. Plentiful colour plates, both photographs and contemporary illustrations, help the reader to visualise the scene.
Covering myriad stylistic aspects of the lives of Jane Austen and her characters, this book will ensure that you can picture every luxuriant detail of the setting on your next reading of Jane Austen’s novels.
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