Jane Austen, the Secret Radical.
Oxford professor Kelly brings us straight into Austen's life, appealingly, novelistically, and packing in the history to convince us that Austen's fiction was not only a serious artistic treatment of the novel, pushing it forward into modern times, but also radical, roiling with subjects pulsing just under and not-so-under the surface. Corruption in the church, the mortality of motherhood, the poverty induced by enclosure, the evil crime of slavery, all are brought forward in this very readable narrative. Vintage Books. 2016. Paper. NEW. $15.00