Jane Austen enjoyed and was greatly interested in the theatre. Many of her novels, with their memorable individual characters, dramatic confrontations and surprising denouements, owe part of their effect to theatrical inspiration.
The dramatic impact of her novels is demonstrated by the ease with which they have been adapted for film. In Jane Austen and the Theatre Paula Byrne makes clear the important part the theatre played in both Jane Austens life and work.
There is no doubt about Jane Austens own passion for the stage. She herself went to the theatre in London and Bath whenever she could, acted in private theatricals and wrote a number of her early works in play form.
Living in a great age of English stage comedy, she drew inspiration from Sheridan as well as Shakespeare. Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma and Mansfield Park are, as Paula Byrne shows, all shaped by the comic drama of the period and by Jane Austens own understanding of men and women as actors playing parts.
Hardcover: 304 pages Publisher: Hambledon Continuum; 1st Edition edition (1 April 2002) Language: English ISBN-10: 1852853867 ISBN-13: 978-1852853860