I received this book as a birthday present from a very good friend of mine, who happens to be a fellow Janeite. The book had received very good reviews from critics and readers alike and the summary on the dust jacket sounded very promising; hence, I was really looking forward to reading it. In addition, I had read earlier another book by John Mullan ([b:Sentiment and Sociability: The Language of Feeling in the Eighteenth Century|3712029|Sentiment and Sociability The Language of Feeling in the Eighteenth Century|John Mullan|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1346769695s/3712029.jpg|3755606]) that I liked. So, I truly wanted to like this book, but unfortunately it just wasn’t meant to be.My first problem with [b:What Matters in Jane Austen?|14058907|What Matters in Jane Austen?|John Mullan|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1337416220s/14058907.jpg|19694832] is that there seems to be a confusion as to which audience John Mullan has targeted at with his book: Jane Austen scholars, Janeites, or undergraduate students? ... [Continue reading].