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Jane Austen (New Portway Reprints) Hardcover – Facsimile, November 11, 1986


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Product Details

  • Series: New Portway Reprints
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Chivers Press; Facsimile edition edition (November 11, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086220562X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0862205621
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,843,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-A pleasant and informative audio biography of English novelist Jane Austen joins the wealth of print biographies that have appeared in the last few years. Reader Teresa Gallagher, a well-known voice on BBC radio drama, sets a most appropriate tone here with her expressive and precise British accent. Classical piano music provides an introduction as well as short atmospheric breaks in the reading. Jane Austen, born in late 18th century Southern England, led an active and happy, though not highly eventful life, surrounded by a high-spirited and affectionate family. She began writing as a young girl, and though the four novels that were published during her lifetime (Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park and Emma) received favorable reviews, she was not celebrated as an author while alive. Listeners will get a clear sense of the relationships and social encounters which were important to Austen's life and inspirations to her writing. Her novels provide a valuable record of the manners of upper middle class English country gentry, and Elizabeth Jenkins' biography similarly depicts the novelist, her class, and the era. School and public libraries will be rewarded with this fine portrait of the life and times of a still popular English woman author.-Marilyn Higgins, Metuchen High School, NJ

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D.S.Thurlow TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 24, 2009
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Elizabeth Jenkins's robust biography "Jane Austen", first published in 1938, holds up extraordinarily well all these years later, an indication that Jenkins did quality research and analysis. Her perspective adds a nice counterpart to many of today's biographies, writing in the period between the World Wars when at least some young women were unable to find suitable marriage partners.

Jenkins' approach to Jane Austen's life is a chronological one, into which she interweaves carefully reasoned literary criticism of her novels in the rough order in which they were believed to have been written. What emerges is a nuanced portrait of the author and of her novels. Jane Austen was clearly a gifted writer from an early age, and Jenkins captures her evolving talent, especially as expressed in the six completed novels. While the respective popularity of the novels has changed over the years, the literary criticism is well worth reading.

There are some items of perhaps particular interest to Jane Austen fans. Jenkins considers that Jane Austen's flirtation with Tom LeFroy in 1796 was just that. She does give full faith and credit to Cassandra Austen's account of the brief relationship with an unknown but apparently suitable young man at Sidmouth in 1802, cut short by his unexpected death. Jenkins sees this as a genuine tragedy in Jane Austen's life, accounting for a period of limited writing and for some of the flavor of "Persuasion." Finally, Jenkins offers an entirely rational explanation for Jane Austen's acceptance and then refusal of Harris Bigg-Withers' marriage proposal.

"Jane Austen" is very highly recommended to fans of Jane Austen and her novels, as an in-depth biography still well worth reading.
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Thorough, respectful and very easy to read, has remarkably modern touch, though written such a long time ago. I wanted it to last longer.
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By Becs on May 10, 2012
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The best thing about this book on CD is the narrator's voice. It's so charming and pleasant! The book is okay, a little too informative on things I don't care about, but I wished for more information on Jane Austen! There was a lot of detail about all her siblings, but I didn't feel there was much about Jane Austen herself. Very disappointed.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jhamilton on November 4, 2010
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This used book arrived in good condition. In its former life it had been in a public library then "withdrawn from stock." | enjoyed it thoroughly.
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