Jane Austen and Liberal Education


Jane Austen’s fiction is part of the great tradition of Western literature that has its roots in the classical poets. Her writing reveals essential truths about human nature, including the importance of virtues such as courage, prudence, generosity, and justice. Reading a Jane Austen novel is an education in good character formation.


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Larry P. Arnn is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College, where he is also professor of politics and history. He received his B.A. from Arkansas State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School.