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Jane Austen

3.22  ·  Rating Details ·  32 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Jane Austen sprang from the upper middle class society of late eighteenth century southern England. Orthodox in morals and religion, generally Tory in politics - this was the milieu which she describes so memorably in her novels. Indeed her environment provided her with material ideally suited to her talents: accurate observation of character, wit, dramatic intuition, an e ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Thames & Hudson (first published September 28th 1969)
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While the book is extremely dated(1969), it is certainly readable and interesting. To quote Mr Knightley regarding Harriet Smith, "I was surprised by the book's conversation". The author certainly gives some opinions that are outside the norm. I think a fact checker might find some errors, especially in the 2nd half of the book. I read a review that complained about the placement of the illustrations. I enjoyed them and didn't care where they were placed. The back cover of the book has the follo ...more
Aug 09, 2011 Amalie rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir-biography
This book is very readable. It contains a brief biography of Jane Austen with 137 black-and-white illustrations. This has more of the detail external to Jane Austen’s life such as, people she knew, places she visited and detailed information about her family and clear portrayals of all her brothers the wives and information about their families. I found it ironic that all the Austen men had their portrayals done by artists where as the three women Mrs. George Austen (mother) , Cassandra and Jane ...more
Dec 21, 2014 M rated it it was ok
Although the written portion of this biography was about as one could expect for so slight a volume, the images – which were probably supposed to be one of the primary attractions – were so ill-chosen and so haphazardly placed as to detract from the effect of the whole.
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Mar 29, 2014 Bayan Mashat rated it it was ok
Not really about Jane Austen as much as it's about "her family and where she lived". But still, great appreciated effort/work.
Apr 11, 2011 Pola rated it really liked it
i find this book really interesting so far.. it's a biography of course but i recommend it for all Jane Austen's fans.. you learn everything about her life and the lives of people that surrounded her. the illustrations of the book also help to get a visual idea about how things looked like in England back in Jane Austen's years.
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