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Jane's Fame by Claire Harman
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Aug 04, 11

Not a biography and not a scholarly analysis into the various books but a straightforward and satisfying romp through all things Jane. It begins within her lifetime with the publication of her books and her modest success. It looks at the years immediately after her death when her family assumed that she would be all but forgotten. She was forgotten for about 20 years after her death and then a rediscovery of her books and a biography encouraged a longing for more and more. Her fame is now, nearly 200 years later, a phenomenon with re-prints in the millions, translations into every conceivable language, and biographies to satisfy the craving for all things Austen. And now with the instant access of the internet Jane Austen has become a cultural wonder. She offers something to everyone. I recommend this book wholeheartedly and without reservation to anyone who answers to the description of Jane-ite!

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