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Central Group Book Discussion

August 12, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM PDT

Please join us in a lively discussion of the witty 1796 novel, “Man as He is Not, or Hermsprong,” by Robert Bage. Jane Austen was reading this novel as she was writing “First Impressions,” the first draft of the novel which would later become “Pride and Prejudice.” Controversial for its time, “Hermsprong” was shaped by the revolutionary ideas of its period and expresses some feminist views. Mary Wollstonecraft, English writer, philosopher, advocate of women’s rights, and author of “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman” (1792), was an admirer of this somewhat revolutionary novel.

Bage uses the terms “pride” and “prejudice” in the novel in the same way Jane Austen uses them in her novel “Pride and Prejudice.” We will discuss the similarities between “Hermsprong” and “Pride and Prejudice,” and to what extent Jane Austen was influenced in her thinking and writing by this novel.

If you have a San Diego public library card, you can request to borrow this book on-line through the San Diego library circuit at: http://circuit.sdsu.edu/search*eng/X?Man+as+He+is+Not+AND+Hermsprong+AND+Robert+Bage or by going into your local library branch. Or, you can order your own copy through Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C8YTDH2?ref%5F=sr%5F1%5F2&qid=1500089611&sr=8-2&keywords=man%20not%20as%20he%20is&pldnSite=1

We will have a hot water pot and some tea bags. Bring your own tea & tea cup, or use ours. If you’d like to bring some homemade refreshments to share with others, that would be lovely.


August 12, 2017
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM PDT
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Jane Austen Society of North America San Diego


Allied Gardens/Benjamin Library
5188 Zion Ave
San Diego, CA 92120 United States
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