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It is now widely understood that Jane Austen's writing and thought were derived directly from her late eighteenth-century childhood, but astonishingly, this is the first study of the influence of the Enlightenment on Jane Austen. Drawing out the Enlightenment principles and ideas which lie behind much of Austen's writing, Peter Knox-Shaw presents a new perspective on the study of Austen's novels.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Austen, Jane, 1775-1817 Philosophy, Literature and society Great Britain History 19th century, Austen, Jane, 1775-1817 Political and social views, Great Britain Intellectual life 18th century, Enlightenment Great Britain, Skepticism in literature