Lecture: Jane Austen and the English Comic Tradition
2 November 2018, 19:00
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Literary biographer and leading scholar of Jane Austen Dr Paula Byrne explores the novelist’s roots in the comic theatre, her own supreme comic gifts, and her influence on subsequent novelists such as Evelyn Waugh and Barbara Pym.
Dr Paula Byrne is a well-known literary biographer, a leading scholar of Jane Austen and an Ambassador for Jane Austen’s House Museum in Hampshire. Educated at the University of Liverpool, Paula is a Fellow of Oxford University’s Harris Manchester College. She is the author of six highly-acclaimed works of non-fiction, most recently The Genius of Jane Austen: Her Love of Theatre and Why she is a Hit in Hollywood (an expanded and updated revision of her first book), and Kick: The True Story of Kick Kennedy, JFK’s Forgotten Sister, and the Heir to Chatsworth. Before this, Paula wrote the tie-in book to the award-winning movie, Belle. In January 2013, to coincide with the bicentenary of the first publication of Pride and Prejudice, Paula published an innovative biography called The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things, which became a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller. Paula’s debut novel, Look to your Wife, was published in April 2018.
In partnership with Jane Austen’s House Museum.