Elynn's Reviews > Jane Austen: A Life

Jane Austen by Carol Shields
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Mar 04, 09

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Read in March, 2009

I enjoyed this biography. It was rather short (almost too short) and there are many more things I would want to know, but given the limited information we have on Jane's life a longer book wouldn't necessarily be more informative.

The book gives a basic history of Jane's life (as much as we know) and especially talks about the publication of the books (includes short descriptions of some of the stories) and how events in the books reflect/ or don't reflect events in her real life.

My issues with this biography would be the author occasionally "waxes poetic" (as I call it) and it just seems to add fluff to the story without being very informative as to what she actually means. She could have also included more historical content to the period (she has some, but not much).

Overall it was a good, short biography for those interested in Jane Austin.
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