The Genius of Jane Austen
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers UK
Date: May 2017
Duration: 11 hours 46 minutes
Jane Austen loved the theatre. She learned much of her art from a long tradition of English comic drama and took joyous participation in amateur theatricals. Her juvenilia, then and were shaped by the arts of theatrical comedy.Her admiration for drama's dialogue, characterisation, plotting, exits and entrances is why she has been dramatised so successfully on screen in the last twenty years - and these versions are at the centre of her continuing fame, culminating in her celebration on £10 note.Austen expert and author of , Paula Byrne looks at stage adaptations of Austen's novels (including one called by A. A. Milne) to modern classics, including the BBC and, Emma Thompson's , and the phenomenally brilliant and successful, presents an Austen not of prim manners and genteel calm, but filled with wild comedy and outrageous behaviour.