Jane Austen

Jane Austen

A Life

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
Recounts the life of the English novelist, and reveals how her works both reflected her times and differed from the world she experienced

& Taylor

The author of Mrs. Jordan's Profession offers an incisive portrait of the acclaimed author and the Georgian society in which she lived, discussing her personal life, her family, her colorful neighbors, and her extraordinary novels. 20,000 first printing. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c1998
ISBN: 9780679446286
Branch Call Number: B AUS
Characteristics: xiv, 341 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm


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Sep 15, 2017

The author makes Austin's "uneventful life" come to life. I enjoyed reading it very much.

Mar 29, 2011

The first biography of Jane Austen was published a few years after her death by a nephew; it was meant to be the final word on ?Aunt Jane? and her quiet, humble existence. To her later biographers, Jane proved exceptionally elusive?despite leading such a supposedly ordinary existence, there are very few records, notes, letters, or other papers that reveal what Jane was really like. Guesswork is a must for an Austen biographer, especially since sister Cassandra?s destruction of many of Jane?s letters hints at a private life that was more dramatic than historical fact leads us to believe. Jane Austen: A Life, the 1997 biography by Claire Tomalin, is one of the best. Tomalin reveals details about the lives of family and friends to throw light on how Jane lived and worked and thought and felt; Jane?s life is placed firmly in its context of 18th and 19th century religion, politics, and war. Most importantly, the evolution of Jane?s writing is thoughtfully traced. The reader is left with a vivid sense of Jane, her work, and her life. And that, given the difficulty of truly explaining Jane, is the best Austen fans can wish for.

Mar 23, 2011

Learned tons about Jane Austen that I didn't know before reading this. Good read.


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