- Excellent News
My next book, Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Path to a Meaningful Life, will be published by Simon & Schuster in August of 2014.
I will be giving a Visiting Artist lecture at the OCAC/PNCA joint MFA program in Applied Craft and Design in Portland on January 22 at 6:30 PM. The subject will be creative entrepreneurship as political practice.
- LA Story
A Jane Austen Education has been optioned for development as a television series by Brain of Beauty Productions.
- Here Comes the Jane Again
A Jane Austen Education is out in paperback. Buy buttons below; more info here.
"sharp, endearingly self-effacing…a profound truth lies embedded in Deresiewicz’s witty account of his early animosity…a shrewd critic of Austen’s work."
--New York Times Book Review
"I must curb myself from gushing for fear of losing my credibility....How William Deresiewicz came to evolve into an enlightened Y-chromosome is one heck of a great story....Part literary criticism, part personal memoir and a lot of Austen doctrine, his prose is open, engaging and very humorous....We love this book, and not just because it has the best cover we have seen in years...We were truly agog and enchanted with every word."
"Seeing a favorite critic expound at length on a favorite author is an undersung form of literary pleasure--as close as you can get to reading two great writers at the same time...Like Austen, Deresiewicz is lucid, principled and knows how to think as well as how to feel, without ever sacrificing one to the other...a delightful and enlightening book..."
"I finished the book with two strong impulses: One, to immediately reread everything Jane Austen wrote, with Deresiewicz's book at my side, and two, to invite Deresiewicz over for more Austen talk."