The Real Jane Austen

The Real Jane Austen

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In The Real Jane Austen, acclaimed literary biographer Paula Byrne provides the most intimate and revealing portrait yet of a beloved but complex novelist.

Just as letters and tokens in Jane Austen’s novels often signal key turning points in the narrative, Byrne explores the small things – a scrap of paper, a gold chain, an ivory miniature – that held significance in Austen’s personal and creative life.

Byrne transports us to different worlds, from the East… (more)

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In the end, “The Real Jane Austen” brings to life a woman of “wonderful exuberance and self-confidence,” of “firm opinions and strong passions.” Little wonder that every other man she meets seems to fall in love with her.

One of the many pleasures of Byrne’s book is that she shows us an Austen who was much more than a refined yet fearless chronicler of pre-Victorian manners.... a well-researched and carefully crafted labor of love.

Her exquisite novels remain the major source of fascination with Jane Austen.

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Book Details  


Publisher: Harper (January 29, 2013)

Format: EPUB

Page count: 400 pages

File size: 8 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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