Jane Austen : A Life

Jane Austen : A Life

Description

At her death in 1817, Jane Austen left the world six of the most beloved novels written in English--but her shortsighted family destroyed the bulk of her letters; and if she kept any diaries, they did not survive her. Now acclaimed biographer Claire Tomalin, author of A Life of My Own, has filled the gaps in the record, creating a remarkably fresh and convincing portrait of the woman and the writer. While most Austen biographers have accepted the assertion of Jane's brother Henry that "My dear Sister's life was not a life of events," Tomalin shows that, on the contrary, Austen's brief life was fraught with upheaval. Tomalin provides detailed and absorbing accounts of Austen's ill-fated love for a young Irishman, her frequent travels and extended visits to London, her close friendship with a worldly cousin whose French husband met his death on the guillotine, her brothers' naval service in the Napoleonic wars and in the colonies, and thus shatters the myth of Jane Austen as a sheltered and homebound spinster whose knowledge of the world was limited to the view from a Hampshire village.


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Details

Author(s)
Claire Tomalin
Format
Paperback | 400 pages
Dimensions
134 x 203 x 22mm | 399g
Publication date
01 May 1999
Publisher
Random House USA Inc
Imprint
Random House Inc
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
Illustrations note
Illustrations, unspecified
ISBN10
0679766766
ISBN13
9780679766766
Bestsellers rank
219,765