A Fine Brush on Ivory: An Appreciation of Jane Austen

A Fine Brush on Ivory: An Appreciation of Jane Austen
Published : 1 Nov 2004 - Oxford University Press
In A FINE BRUSH ON IVORY, Richard Jenkyns turns his attention to one of the most famous ouevres in the canon of English literature: that of Jane Austen. This is the product of a sustained and passionate enagagement with Austen's writing, a reading of the novels which illuminates their subtlety, depth and innovation. Jenkyns explores the development of Austen's style, storytelling and characterisation, and her formidable technical prowess. Every reader will come away from the book with their admiration for Austen deepened, and their pleasure in her work enhanced.


The freedom of his brief gives rise to numerous illuminating and often surprising apercus... A general appreciation of Austen that still dares to admit her unsettling edginess.

Bharat Tandon, Times Literary Supplement

[An] agreeable and lively book...

The Spectator

Jenkyns writes well on Austen's... characters.

The Independent