Pastimes and Pleasures in the Time of Jane Austen.
Downing states "the hallmark of the wider Regency era is revolution," and describes how the dramatic changes of the period led to more people having time for leisure. She covers British activities such as studying the picturesque, pleasure destinations, cultural events, domestic pleasures, masculine pastimes, romantic pleasures, and illicit pleasures. She links these events to Austen's own life, and to the use of pleasure activities in her novels. Fans of Downing's deep knowledge of clothing fashions of the period will not be disappointed, as she includes information on women and men's focus on appearance as they enjoyed these new pleasures. Printed on heavy stock. Color contemporary illustrations on almost every page. Amberley Publishing, Gloucestershire, UK. 2021. Import. Paper. NEW. $21.00