Jane Austen: Her Extraordinary Writing and Life

Joseph Luzzi – Bard College

Why do so many readers throughout the world today still clamor after the books of Jane Austen, one of the most instantly recognizable names in all of literature? How did she help reinvent the novel itself with her powerfully original writing and unique artistic vision? And why is the “life” of Jane Austen herself the subject of ongoing fascination – and Hollywood movies? In this brand new presentation, we will explore the remarkable career and equally astonishing life of a woman who overcame countless obstacles to become one of the most revered authors in the literary tradition. Join Professor Joseph Luzzi as we delve into such beloved novels as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and much more.