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The Real Jane Austen

A Life in Small Things

Byrne, Paula

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Real Jane Austen
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This new biography explores the forces that shaped the interior life of one of the most beloved novelists in the English language. Each chapter begins by evoking an object that conjures up a key moment or theme in Austen's life and work. The woman who emerges is far tougher, more socially and politically aware, and altogether more modern that the conventional picture. The book looks at the biographical influences on her work, as well as her boundless wit and energy--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2013
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 0061999091
9780061999093
Characteristics: xi, 380 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.) ;,24 cm

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Jul 16, 2014
  • bba5757 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This lady is one of the best biographers I have ever read. I have tried to read about several other people lately that I truly wish had the benefit of a great biographer like Ms. Byrne. She has proven to me once again (along with the several very bad biographies I've plodded through lately) that it takes a very particular talent to produce a truly revealing and readable biography.

Aug 22, 2013
  • ser_library rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

interesting and written to appeal to the new to Austen reader, but misses out some important facts

"Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the original publication of Pride and Prejudice, this revealing portrait of the beloved novelist, drawn from the most up-to-date scholarship and unexplored sources, presents a modern take on this famous writer and the world that shaped her." April 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=623168

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