The Genius of Jane Austen
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Jane Austen loved the theatre, participated joyously in amateur theatricals, and learned much of her craft from a long tradition of English comic drama. This pioneering study sheds refreshing light on this neglected aspect of her art, and demonstrates how her dramatic dialogue, comic characters, clever plotting and theatrical exits and entrances have lent themselves so successfully to stage and screen. What emerges is a world not of prim manners and genteel calm, but of wild comedy and outrageous behaviour.