Jane Austen

Jane Austen

A Life

Book - 2012
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'A perfect biography: detailed, witty, warm. Tomalin involves us so deeply that Austen's final illness and death come almost as a personal tragedy to the reader' Dirk Bogarde, Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year. 'Truly marvellous. I cannot think that a better life of Jane Austen then Claire Tomalin's will be written for many years. Her readings of the novels are full of brilliant insights. She often seems to be standing behind Austen's desk, observing her writing' Philip Hensher, Mail on Sunday. 'As near perfect a Life of Austen as we are likely to get: intelligent, feeling, suggestive.
Publisher: London :, Penguin,, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©1997
ISBN: 9780241963272
Branch Call Number: 921 A933
Characteristics: xiii, 361 pages : illustrations, map, portraits ; 20 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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