Maia B.'s Reviews > Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World

Jane's Fame by Claire Harman
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Feb 11, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: nonfiction, historical, jane-austen

This is a biography of Jane Austen mixed with a dissertation on why she's as famous as she is. It's compulsively readable, very well-written and full of sly, dry humor that occasionally sounds a lot like Jane Austen herself. Plus I owe most of my knowledge of Austen's life to this book.

Claire Harman also knows how to keep her reader interested without spilling into silly tangents involving writing scenes from Jane Austen's viewpoint - something I really hate in non-fiction books. I wish this book was more popular. It's invaluable.
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