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Author: Ted Scheinman Narrator: Ted Scheinman Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2018 ISBN: 9781427295613
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A raucous audiobook tour through the world of Mr. Darcy imitations, tailored gowns, and tipsy ballroom dancing The son of a devoted Jane Austen scholar, Ted Scheinman spent his childhood summers eating Yorkshire pudding, singing in an Anglican choir, and watching Laurence Olivier as Mr. Darcy. Determined to leave his mother’s world behind, he nonetheless found himself in grad school organizing the first ever UNC-Chapel Hill Jane Austen Summer Camp, a weekend-long event that sits somewhere between an academic conference and superfan extravaganza. While the long tradition of Austen devotees includes the likes of Henry James and E. M. Forster, it is at the conferences and reenactments where Janeism truly lives. In Camp Austen, Scheinman tells the story of his indoctrination into this enthusiastic world and his struggle to shake his mother’s influence while navigating hasty theatrical adaptations, undaunted scholars in cravats, and unseemly petticoat fittings. In a haze of morning crumpets and restrictive tights, Scheinman delivers a hilarious and poignant survey of one of the most enduring and passionate literary coteries in history. Combining clandestine journalism with frank memoir, academic savvy with insider knowledge, Camp Austen is perhaps the most comprehensive study of Austen that can also be heard in a single sitting. Brimming with stockings, culinary etiquette, and scandalous dance partners, this is summer camp like you’ve never seen it before.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Humor and tenderness abound as author and narrator Ted Scheinman recollects how he became a Jane Austen superfan…As narrator, Scheinman’s range of English accents highlights the language of the Regency period and adds to the amusingly anachronistic elements of the interactions between the period actors and the visitors at various Austen events. Details about these conferences and reenactments are recounted with a fondness and delight that make Scheinman’s observations enticing to Austen and non-Austen fans alike.”

    AudioFile

  • “The most delightful Jane Austen book of the season…Scheinman pleasingly never loses sight of the literature that’s at the heart of all this over-eager fun.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Blurs the lines between literary criticism, memoir, ode to superfandom, and digestible biography of one of the most beloved authors in history…A candid and immensely pleasing romp.”

    Los Angeles Review of Books

  • A Paris Review Selection
  • A Millions.com Pick of Most Anticipated Reads of 2018

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About the Author

Ted Scheinman is a writer and scholar based in southern California, where he works as a senior editor at Pacific Standard magazine. He has taught courses on journalism, satire, and poetry at the University of North Carolina and has written for the New York Times, the Oxford American, Playboy, Slate, and many others. He is the author of Camp Austen: My Life As an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan.