The lost books of Jane Austen /Material type: BookPublisher: Baltimore, Maryland : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019.Description: xv, 284 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9781421431598; 1421431599.Subject(s): Austen, Jane, 1775-1817 -- Appreciation | Austen, Jane, 1775-1817 -- Bibliography | Authors and publishers -- Great Britain -- History | Literature publishing -- Great Britain -- History | Authors and readers -- Great Britain -- History | Authors and publishers -- United States -- History | Literature publishing -- United States -- History | Authors and readers -- United States -- History | Bibliography | History
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
<p>In the nineteenth century, inexpensive editions of Jane Austen's novels targeted to Britain's working classes were sold at railway stations, traded for soap wrappers, and awarded as school prizes. At just pennies a copy, these reprints were some of the earliest mass-market paperbacks, with Austen's beloved stories squeezed into tight columns on thin, cheap paper. Few of these hard-lived bargain books survive, yet they made a substantial difference to Austen's early readership. These were the books bought and read by ordinary people.</p> <p>Packed with nearly 100 full-color photographs of dazzling, sometimes gaudy, sometimes tasteless covers, The Lost Books of Jane Austen is a unique history of these rare and forgotten Austen volumes. Such shoddy editions, Janine Barchas argues, were instrumental in bringing Austen's work and reputation before the general public. Only by examining them can we grasp the chaotic range of Austen's popular reach among working-class readers.</p> <p>Informed by the author's years of unconventional book hunting, The Lost Books of Jane Austen will surprise even the most ardent Janeite with glimpses of scruffy survivors that challenge the prevailing story of the author's steady and genteel rise. Thoroughly innovative and occasionally irreverent, this book will appeal in equal measure to book historians, Austen fans, and scholars of literary celebrity.</p>
"The author traces the significant yet underappreciated historical role that mass-market paperbacks of Jane Austen's books have played in making her the celebrated author she is today. This is a work of bibliography and of literary history. The author has amassed a large collection of rare and forgotten Austen volumes with rich, colorful, and sometimes gaudy covers that are featured, selectively, as figures in the book"-- Provided by publisher.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction. Austen on the cheap -- Vignette I. Marianne & Gertrude -- Paperback fighter: Austen for the people -- Vignette II. Emma at the Seaside -- Sense, sensibility, and soap: Lever promotions in the 1890s -- Vignette III. The old sea captain & William Price -- Looking divine: wrapping Austen in the religious -- Vignette IV. Charlotte & a real castle -- Selling with paintings: a curious history of the cheap prestige reprint -- Vignette V. Young Heman's summer in Paris -- Pinking Jane Austen: the turn to "chick lit" -- Vignette VI. Lady Isabella's Mansfield Park -- Women's work: from school edition to scholarly Austen -- Vignette VII. Annie's prized gift.