Letters to Alice: On First Reading Jane Austen

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Hodder & Stoughton, Mar 31, 2011 - Fiction - 160 pages
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Alice is an eighteen-year-old student and aspiring novelist with green spiky hair, a child of the modern age who recoils at the idea of reading Jane Austen. In a sequence of letters reminiscent of Jane Austen's to her own neice, 'aunt' Fay examines the rewards of such study. Not only is her correspondence a revealing tribute to a great writer - it is also an original and rewarding exploration of the craft of fiction itself.

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User Review  - labwriter - LibraryThing

What a creative way to write about writing! Kudos to Fay Weldon. I read this when I was struggling through a particularly difficult semester while getting my own English lit degree. I loved studying ... Read full review

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Aunt Fay is writing letters to her (fictional) niece Alice, who is about to start a degree in English Literature. Alice doesn't want to read Jane Austen, and, it appears from Aunt Fay's letters, that ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Fay Weldon is well-known at home and abroad as a novelist, playwright, critic and screenwriter, several of whose novels have been adapted for film and television, including THE LIFE AND LOVES OF A SHE DEVIL.

For more information about Fay and her work, visit her website: http://www.fayweldon.co.uk.

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