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Jane Austen’s Novels

The Fabric of Dialogue

Howard S. Babb

In this stylistically grounded analysis of Jane Austen’s fiction, Howard S. Babb concentrates on the dialogues, finding in them the real dramatic action of the novels. His main task is to show how Jane Austen reveals through the speech of her characters their personal qualities and behavior

This examination of the novels will be invaluable to any serious student of Jane Austen, for it explores the dialogues in a new way and illuminates the manner in which they come to life in her fiction.

Howard S. Babb is associate professor of English at The Ohio State University.

1962 244 pp. This title is no longer available in a traditional print edition. Click here for free access to the book’s full text.