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Jane Austen, the Secret Radical

by Helena Kelly
Knopf, May 2017   ISBN: 978-152473210-3
Price: $27.95

“Helena Kelly makes the case for Austen as an author steeped in the fear of war and revolution who wrote about the burning political issues of the time…Meticulously researched…Through a combination of beautifully precise close readings alongside Austen’s biographical, literary and historical context, Kelly shows us that the novels were about nothing more or less than the burning political questions of the day…A deeply welcome book…A sublime piece of literary detective work that shows us once and for all how to be precisely the sort of reader that Austen deserves.”—Caroline Criado-Perez, The Guardian

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