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Jane Austen the Woman: Some Biographical Insights

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By focusing on the woman rather than the author, George Tucker paints a new and welcome picture of Jane Austen: not the spinster recluse of previous biographies, but a vibrant, well-traveled woman who was very much a part of the world in which she lived.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 15th 1995 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published May 1st 1994)
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Camilla
Mar 18, 2014 Camilla rated it liked it
It was certainly interesting and more detailed than the last biography of hers that I read. I liked the detail and I enjoyed the interesting organization of the chapters that chose a topic and described all of Austen's recorded dealings and connection to that topic (i.e., religion, current events, etc.) without regard for chronology. The last chapter I thought ended oddly as it didn't seem to wrap up the book at all. Instead it merely concluded the chapter. I liked that the book disputed false c ...more
Johnna Adams
Aug 01, 2007 Johnna Adams rated it liked it
Nice little biography of Jane Austen. Instead of arranging information chronologically, the author has created chapters by topic (e.g., Jane's Loves, Jane's Travels, Jane and the Prince Regent, Jane's travels).

Thought the exchanges (conversations and letters) between Jane and the Prince regent's librarian were laugh out loud funny and worth reading the whole book. Great to read in companion with Stephanie Barron's mystery series or any of the modern fictionalizations of her life.
Lindsey Sparks
Nov 18, 2015 Lindsey Sparks rated it liked it
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This is a short book but it had quite a bit of info about Austen that I didn't know, or didn't know in much detail. My only complaint is that it was a little repetitive. It's arranged by topic instead of chronologically and each chapter seems to be written so that it could stand alone, leading to the same explanations of who certain people were or events in every chapter. It's not meant to be a full biography, just to provide some deeper details on key topics, which I enjoyed.
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George Holbert Tucker was born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1909. He graduated from Maury High School in 1928. Forced by the depression to forgo college, he worked for a law firm, and later the WPA, before entering the Navy during World War II.

Following his discharge, he joined the staff of the Virginian Pilot newspaper, writing featured articles, local history, and obituaries. It was said that if Geor
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