Two Histories of England: By Jane Austen and Charles Dickens

By: Jane Austen; Charles Dickens

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In these two forgotten gems of English literature, Jane Austen and Charles Dickens offer delightful, irreverent histories of their native land.

When she was only sixteen years old, Jane Austen composed her bitingly satirical History of England for performance in her family's drawingroom. A startling and precocious example of her celebrated wit--not to mention a brilliant social commentary--this lively piece sweeps rapidly across almost four centuries of British monarchy. In rambunctious and wickedly funny prose, Austen's critique spans from Henry IV to Charles I, from Richard III to Mary Queen of Scots, offering a fierce parody of the kind of biased history that young ladies of Austen's time were being forced to study. Reproduced here in its entirety, this is a rare, tantalizing look at the great novelist's budding talent, and an extraordinary bit of literary history that lay unpublished for more than 130 years.

Charles Dickens's A Child's History of England, by contrast, was written and published at the height of its author's considerable fame. A gory and dramatic account, full of villains and heroes, the essay was originally intended as a study-piece for his children, but in fact represented a sly, unconventional countertext to the more straitlaced historical canon. Dickens's exciting, flamboyant narrative is hugely evocative, both of the history he describes and of the time in which he himself was writing.

With an insightful introduction by bestselling historian David Starkey, Two Histories of England brings together, in a single, irresistible volume, these remarkable--and remarkably overlooked--literary treasures by two of the world's most beloved writers.

Title: Two Histories of England: By Jane Austen and Charles Dickens

Author/Composer: Jane Austen; Charles Dickens

Categories: History World,

Publisher: Ecco: 2007-10-01

ISBN Number: 0061351954

ISBN Number 13: 9780061351952

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: very good plus

Type: Hardcover

Seller ID: 004531

Description: New hardcover with dustjacket remainder copy with black marker line on bottom outer page edges otherwise absolutely and positively appears new. Includes 2 books, one history of England by Jane Austen and also an excerpt from Charles Dickens History of England. Must be a good book. Lots of people are buying it! Free shipping on domestic orders $25 and over!