Jane Austen: Her Extraordinary Writing and Life

Bard College

Joseph Luzzi (PhD, Yale) is the Asher B. Edelman Professor of Literature and Faculty Member in Italian Studies at Bard College, and he taught previously at the University of Pennsylvania. His work has appeared in The New York Times, TLS, The London Times, the Guardian, Chronicle of Higher Education, and on National Public Radio. Dr. Luzzi’s awards include a Yale College Teaching Prize, Dante Society of America Essay Prize, and Wallace Fellowship at Villa I Tatti, Harvard’s Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. He is the author of five books and recently created The Virtual Book Club: an international community of readers dedicated to exploring major literary works past and present.



The Life of Jane Austen and Her Extraordinary Writing

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.

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