Jane Austen: A Life
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The novels of Jane Austen depict a world of civility, reassuring stability and continuity, which generations of readers have supposed was the world she herself inhabited. Claire Tomalin's biography paints a surprisingly different picture of the Austen family and their Hampshire neighbours, and of Jane's progress through a difficult childhood, an unhappy love affair, her experiences as a poor relation and her decision to reject a marriage that would solve all her problems - except that of continuing as a writer. Both the woman and the novels are radically reassessed in this biography.
I love Jane Austen, but I feel like I know far too little about her as a person, all I know is the novels. I will remedy that by reading this book. :-)
This is a trade paperback edition from Penguin, published in 2000. The book was originally published in 1997; this is apparently a revised edition.
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Like LeishaCamden writes; I too felt like I knew far too little about my favourite author. And when Leisha recommended this biography, of course I needed to read it too :-)
It's very well composed, and Tomalin has really done her research well. There is so much info! And footnotes ;-) There were passages I needed to reread several times to get all the details sorted. That might be the reason I've needed so much time getting through it :-)
I want to read this book again after some time. This is my first Austen biography, but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone. I felt like I took part in her life and got to know her. And I appreciated Tomalin adding what happened after Jane's death as well.