Bibliographic Details

All things Austen : an encyclopedia of Austen's world / Kirstin Olsen.

Author / Creator Olsen, Kirstin.
Imprint Westport, CT : Greenwood Press, 2005.
Description 2 v. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Language English
Subject Austen, Jane, 1775-1817 -- Encyclopedias.
Austen, Jane, 1775-1817.
Novelists, English -- 19th century -- Biography -- Encyclopedias.
Women and literature -- England -- History -- 19th century -- Encyclopedias.
Novelists, English.
Women and literature.
Format E-Resource, Print, Book
URL for this record
ISBN 0313330328 (set : alk. paper)
0313330336 (vol. 1 : alk. paper)
0313330344 (vol. 2 : alk. paper)
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Review by Choice Review

Intended to make Austen's works more understandable to contemporary readers, this publication covers the customs, manners, and landscape of her age. Instead of focusing on novels, characters, family members, and themes, like Paul Poplawski's A Jane Austen Encyclopedia (1998), Olsen, an independent scholar who authored several Greenwood titles including All Things Shakespeare (CH, Apr'03, 40-4343), discusses cultural and leisure activities (cards, dance, games, music, reading, travel, visiting); domestic life (food, housework, servants, sewing); clothing and accessories (cosmetics, gloves, jewelry, shoes); occupations (army, navy, law, clergy); and many other elements of 18th-century British life, including marriage. Arranged alphabetically, the encyclopedia has more than 150 entries, ranging in length from a few sentences (angels) to more than 30 pages (food, navy), and containing references to relevant passages from Austen's works. In addition to a bibliography of sources that includes Web sites, this work provides an alphabetical list of articles, a list of articles by topic, a time line for Austen family activities and achievements, and a corresponding one for events in the political/military, religious/cultural, medical, technological, and scientific spheres. Attractive but expensive, this is a desirable but nonessential purchase for most libraries. For those serving serious Austen scholars, it will be a valuable acquisition. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students and researchers/faculty. P. Flaherty Eastern Kentucky University

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