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Who was the person behind Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and the other unforgettable novels whose characters faced the challenges in the world of country gentry in Regency England? Austen comes alive in this perceptive biography portraying the writer to be a human being with her own interests, hopes and foibles....

Title : Jane Austen: A Biography
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ISBN : 9780575038776
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 287 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Jane Austen: A Biography Reviews

  • Taylor
    2019-05-08 22:59

    Jenkins's approach to Jane Austen and her life is done much in the style of Jane Austen herself (or classical writing, whichever you choose). This book is great in that the writing is descriptive and engaging and provides the readers with wonderfully full accounts of all of Austen's works that one feels they have reread her stories and fallen in love with them all over again. That being said, this is also a very, very biased account of Jane Austen and her work. Jenkins decided to express her opinion very passionately about the genius that is Jane and her works, while, ironically, expressing her lack of bias during textual interpretations and others discussing JA controversy because Jenkins uses logic and fact... Overall, I enjoyed this book and pairing it with Halperin's account gives one a very interesting thought -base from which to consider Austen and her works.

  • Marvel
    2019-05-17 22:08

    I liked this biography of a favorite author of mine. She wan't only a great writer - but she was just a really good human being! Interesting family life.

  • Kelly M
    2019-05-15 19:52

    Nothing special about it but it is a quick read and interesting if you like Jane Austen. Its failing is that it maintains that British reserve towards its subject so that even though the author uses Austen's and family members' own letters as source material, you still don't feel like you are getting to know the famous novelist too intimately.

  • G
    2019-04-29 23:00

    Very simple and brief biography. A few inaccuracies that this non-expert Austen lover noticed. The audio version has lovely period music in between sections, which makes it sound like the audio track for a PBS documentary. Not that that's bad--but it IS an indication of what to expect.

  • Danielle
    2019-05-07 22:53

    I'm not sure this is the version I read. It was part of an audiobook collection of Austen's works, so this may be a different edition. Anyway, it was short, and gave some interesting insight into Austen as an author. She's pretty awesome. Not that she had an extraordinary life or anything, but she just seems like a pleasant person, and you've got to love her wit. I find it very sad that neither she nor her sister married, since they were both nice and pretty. I'm very grateful that we're past the "old maid at 25" attitude. I admire her lack of bitterness on the subject (I think I would have had a problem with it). And of course, if she had married, she may not have had the time or inclination for her writing that she did as an old maid.

  • Lynne
    2019-05-19 03:13

    I found this in a library sale and read it this summer. Refreshingly lucid and able to convey the writer as a person, her mind, experience, family, and values, without adding a lot of lurid speculation. Biography seems to have been saner back in 1938.

  • Melanie
    2019-05-19 01:04

    I was expecting more about Jane and less about her siblings and cousins. It was *okay* but not the captivating tale about the author that I had hoped it would be. It was interesting from a historical/period perspective. I've rounded my 2.5 rating down to a 2.

  • Lisa Houlihan
    2019-04-26 02:55

    So dull that even I, who read Austen sequels by the tumbrel, proving I am rapacious and without taste, had no interest in it.

  • Tabatha
    2019-04-22 23:03

    This was a very simple biography of Jane Austen.

  • Kodiaksm
    2019-05-16 20:44

    My first audio book from the library for my new I Touch

  • Chiuho
    2019-04-27 21:01

    It was very nice to know more about Jane Austen. I enjoyed listening to it. It offered a window see Ms. Austen's life, though it's not as intimate as I would like, but it was great.

  • Tanya
    2019-05-04 23:48

    Pretty well done audio book - short and conside bio on Miss Austen.

  • Erin Begel
    2019-05-08 23:01

    *actually, did the audiobook.