The Things That Matter

What Seven Classic Novels Have to Say About the Stages of Life

by Edward Mendelson

The Things That Matter

Hardcover, 260 pages, Random House Inc, List Price: $23 | purchase

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An exploration of how seven of the greatest English novels of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries portray the essential experiences of life. For Mendelson—a professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University—these classic novels tell life stories that are valuable to readers who are thinking about the course of their own lives. Looking beyond theories to the individual intentions of the authors and taking into consideration their lives and times, Mendelson examines the sometimes contradictory ways in which the novels portray such major passages of life as love, marriage, and parenthood.—From publisher description.A literary scholar takes a close up look at seven classic English novels by women writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to explore how the authors portray the major passages and experiences of life.

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