Jane Austen

A Life

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Author: Claire Tomalin

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141954957

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

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Jane Austen is the definitive biography of one of Britain's best-loved novelists, from the acclaimed author of Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self, Charles Dickens: A Life and The Invisible Woman 'As near perfect a life of Austen as we are likely to get: intelligent, feeling, suggestive' Carmen Callil, Daily Telegraph 'Tomalin has written a biography that reflects Austen's own exacting standards, a book that radiates intelligence, wit and insight' Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times 'Of all the Austen biographies, this is the best ... leaves the reader with a much deeper appreciation of the circumstances and motivation behind the creation of those six perfect novels' Harpers & Queen 'I cannot think that a better life of Jane Austen then Claire Tomalin's will be written for many years.' Philip Hensher, Mail on Sunday '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

Jane Austen

A Life

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Author: David Nokes

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520216068

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 577

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Drawing on unpublished sources, the author offers an intimate, psychological portrait of the novelist, revealing the truth behind many disturbing Austen family secrets.

Jane Austen

A Life

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Author: Carol Shields

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101099577

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

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With the same sensitivity and artfulness that are the trademarks of her award-winning novels, Carol Shields explores the life of a writer whose own novels have engaged and delighted readers for the past two hundred years. In Jane Austen, Shields follows this superb and beloved novelist from her early family life in Steventown to her later years in Bath, her broken engagement, and her intense relationship with her sister Cassandra. She reveals both the very private woman and the acclaimed author behind the enduring classics Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma. With its fascinating insights into the writing process from an award–winning novelist, Carol Shields’s magnificent biography of Jane Austen is also a compelling meditation on how great fiction is created.

Jane Austen

A Life Revealed

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Author: Catherine Reef

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547574141

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 208

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Jane Austen’s popularity never seems to fade. She has hordes of devoted fans, and there have been numerous adaptations of her life and work. But who was Jane Austen? The writer herself has long remained a mystery. And despite the resonance her work continues to have for teens, there has never been a young adult trade biography on Austen. Catherine Reef changes that with this highly readable account. She takes an intimate peek at Austen’s life and innermost feelings, interweaving her narrative with well-crafted digests of each of Austen’s published novels. The end result is a book that is almost as much fun to read as Jane’s own work—and truly a life revealed. Includes bibliography and index.

Jane Austen

A Literary Life

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Author: Jan Fergus,J. Luke Wood

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1349216658

Category: Fiction

Page: 201

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Previous biographies have set Jane Austen within her social context. This biography places her firmly within her professional context as one of an increasing number of women who published novels between 1790 and 1820. Being a professional writer was, apart from her family, more important to Austen than anything else in her life.

The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things

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Author: Paula Byrne

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007358334

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

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Who was the real Jane Austen? Overturning the traditional portrait of the author as conventional and genteel, bestseller Paula Byrne’s landmark biography reveals the real woman behind the books.

Dear Jane Austen

A Heroine's Guide to Life and Love

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Author: Patrice Hannon

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101213558

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

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Advice delivered with sense and sensibility just in time for the major motion picture Becoming Jane View our feature on Austen-inspired books and special content. Women have looked to Jane Austen’s heroines as models of appropriate behavior for nearly two centuries. Who better to understand the heart of a heroine than Austen? In this delightful epistolary “what if,” Austen serves as a “Dear Abby” of sorts, using examples from her novels and her life to counsel modern-day heroines in trouble, she also shares with readers a compelling drama playing out in her own drawing room. Witty and wise—and perfectly capturing the tone of the author of Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice—Dear Jane Austen is as satisfying as sitting down to tea with the novelist herself.

Becoming Jane Austen

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Author: Jon Spence

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 144115342X

Category: History

Page: 312

View: 7819

Jon Spence's fascinating biography of Jane Austen paints an intimate portrait of the much-loved novelist. Spence's meticulous research has, perhaps most notably, uncovered evidence that Austen and the charming young Irishman Tom Lefroy fell in love at the age of twenty and that the relationship inspired Pride and Prejudice, one of the most celebrated works of fiction ever written. Becoming Jane Austen gives the fullest account we have of the romance, which was more serious and more enduring than previously believed. Seeing this love story in the context of Jane Austen's whole life enables us to appreciate the profound effect the relationship had on her art and on subsequent choices that she made in her life. Full of insight and with an attentive eye for detail, Spence explores Jane Austen's emotional attachments and the personal influences that shaped her as a novelist. His elegant narrative provides a point of entry into Jane Austen's world as she herself perceived and experienced it. It is a world familiar to us from her novels, but in Becoming Jane Austen, Austen herself is the heroine.

Critical Companion to Jane Austen

A Literary Reference to Her Life and Work

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Author: William Baker

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438108494

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 644

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Examines the life and writings of Jane Austen including detailed synopses of her works, explanations of literary terms, biographies of friends and family, and social and historical influences.

Jane Austen

a literary life

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Author: Jan S. Fergus

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 201

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Jane Austen

A Life

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Author: Maggie McKernan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780747534037

Category: Novelists, English

Page: 256

View: 3468

Using her letters and other writings, this biography of Jane Austen sets out to portray her as she might have been, in the context of her time and today.

A Jane Austen Encyclopedia

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Author: Paul Poplawski

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313300172

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 411

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Examines Austen's life, work, and her era, and includes a chronology of her life, her work, and of historical events

Jane Austen

A Brief Life

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Author: Fiona Stafford

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300232837

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 184

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Every devoted reader feels that, in some way, they know Jane Austen. But how can we make sense of her extraordinary achievements? At a time when most women received so little formal education and none could obtain a place at university, how did Austen come to write novels that have commanded the attention of some of the most brilliant minds ever since? Why were hers the books that Darwin knew by heart and Churchill read during the Blitz? In this graceful introduction to the author’s life and works, Fiona Stafford offers a fresh and accessible perspective, discussing Austen’s six astonishing novels in the context of their time. Newly updated, Jane Austen: A Brief Life offers a rich and sympathetic insight into a writer who was just as much the Romantic genius as Keats, Shelley or Byron – full of youthful exuberance, intensely creative once she had found her individual voice, and dead before she reached middle age.

Relating to Jane

Studies on the Life and Novels of Jane Austen with a Life of Her Niece Elizabeth Austen/Knight

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Author: M. C. Hammond

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: England

Page: 430

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In this study of Austen's work and letters, the author aims to examine the novelist's observations of contemporary society. He analyses the Rice family letters to trace the history of her descendants and the similarities between them.

Jane Austen: A Family Record

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Author: Deirdre Le Faye

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521534178

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 377

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This book is the outcome of years of research in Austen archives, and stems from the original family biography by W. and R. A. Austen-Leigh, Jane Austen: her Life and Letters. Jane Austen, A Family Record was first published in 1989, and this edition, first published in 2003, incorporates information that has come to light since then, and provides new illustrations and updated family trees. Le Faye gives a detailed account of Austen's life and literary career. She has collected together documented facts as well as the traditions concerning the novelist, and places her within the context of a widespread, affectionate and talented family group. Readers will learn how Austen transformed the stuff of her peaceful life in the Hampshire countryside into six novels that are amongst the most popular in the English language. This fascinating record of Austen and her family will be of great interest to general readers and scholars alike.

Searching for Jane Austen

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Author: Emily Auerbach

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299201845

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 344

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Searching for Jane Austen demolishes with wit and vivacity the often-held view of "Jane," a decorous maiden aunt writing her small drawing-room stories of teas and balls. Emily Auerbach presents a different Jane Austen—a brilliant writer who, despite the obstacles facing women of her time, worked seriously on improving her craft and became one of the world’s greatest novelists, a master of wit, irony, and character development. In this beautifully illustrated and lively work, Auerbach surveys two centuries of editing, censoring, and distorting Austen’s life and writings. Auerbach samples Austen’s flamboyant, risqué adolescent works featuring heroines who get drunk, lie, steal, raise armies, and throw rivals out of windows. She demonstrates that Austen constantly tested and improved her skills by setting herself a new challenge in each of her six novels. In addition, Auerbach considers Austen’s final irreverent writings, discusses her tragic death at the age of forty-one, and ferrets out ridiculous modern adaptations and illustrations, including ads, cartoons, book jackets, newspaper articles, plays, and films from our own time. An appendix reprints a ground-breaking article that introduced Mark Twain’s "Jane Austen," an unfinished and unforgettable essay in which Twain and Austen enter into mortal combat.

A Brief Guide to Jane Austen

The Life and Times of the World’s Favourite Author

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Author: Charles Jennings

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1780330472

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

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Jane Austen is a mystery. The first incontrovertibly great woman novelist, she is, among other things, one of the finest prose stylists in literature; the first truly modern writer, the Godmother of chick lit. She is also the greatest enigma (next to Shakespeare) in English literature. Soldiers in the First World War sat in the trenches and read them for the civilising comforts they provided. Hard-nut literary critics such as F. R. Leavis lauded their austere complexity. World Book Day, 2007, found that Pride and Prejudice was the one book 'The nation can't live without'. In this witty, accessible guide, Charles Jennings goes in search of this enigma through her words as well as her times, including a short biography, an overview of the novels, as well as the world that she inhabited. Finally, the book contains Jane's very own words of advice for the modern life.

The Life of Jane Austen

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Author: John Halperin

Publisher: Johns Hopkins Univ Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 399

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Featuring a new preface by the author, this paperback edition of John Halperin's acclaimed and controversial biography moves beyond the usually vague account of Austen's life and away from the serene and untroubled image of Austen created by a protective family. In The Life ofJane Austen, Halperin reveals a robust, vigorous, and at times difficult woman with a large and diverse circle of family and acquaintances. He documents her troubled relationship with a hypochondriacal mother and her frank dislike of the sister-in-law who usurped her childhood home, sheds new light on the shadowy existence of a retarded older brother, and sets forth in greater detail than ever before the number and nature of Austen's relations to her suitors, the romantic passages of her life, and her attitude about childbearing. Making fuller use of Austen's correspondence than previous biographers, Halperin shows us the costs exacted on a sensitive and critical personality by a society--and, frequently, a family--that paid too little attention to the predicament of unmarried women, especially those with inadequate financial means.

Jane Austen, Obstinate Heart

A Biography

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Author: Valerie Grosvenor Myer

Publisher: Arcade Publishing

ISBN: 9781559703871

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 268

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Uses Jane Austen's letters and novels and her family's memories of her to portray her personality and trace the events of her life