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Carol Shields has written a wonderful biography of Jane Austen.
I am enthusiastic after reading this biography and recommend it highly to anyone who wants a better appreciation of Austen, her person, her period, and her novels.
The result is a very readable product that emphasizes the life in terms of his/her times and work and the meaning it continues to offer.
This brief biography offers an quick overview of Austen's life and Shield's interpretation that she and her heroines were searching for a home, something available only to married... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Beth Quinn Barnard
I really appreciated the readability (and brevity) of this book, but it struck me that it was more of an educated person's (in this case, a modern author's) interpretation of Jane... Read morePublished 12 months ago by A reader
There is a respectful casualness to Carol Shield's biography of Jane Austen. I hadn't known about how plain her live was--and yet how vivid and deep her fiction worlds. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jaime Andrews
This biography of Jane Austen is a good example of - less is sometimes more. There are many biographies of Jane,one of the most revered novelists in English literature. Read morePublished on September 18, 2012 by elizabeth daniel
Carol Shields has written a wonderful biography of Jane Austen.She treats her with love and a great deal of scholarship. I love Jane Austen's novels as much as I love those of Ms. Read morePublished on June 4, 2012 by L.I. LINDA
I've long enjoyed the Penguin Lives' essay/bios and, of course, have always enjoyed everything written by Jane Austen. Read morePublished on July 24, 2011 by Oddsfish
This is a wonderful book on the life of author Jane Austen. While there is something of a tendency to sentimentalize--and therefore in my opinion trivialize--Austen, Carol Shields... Read morePublished on September 25, 2010 by Atheen
A short and engaging biography of the beloved author that deals not in mundane details or idle speculation, but in attempting to draw a portrait of Jane, her life, and her works. Read morePublished on March 28, 2010 by Kelsey May Dangelo
I enjoyed the first 10-20 pages because I'm hungry for any kind of info on Jane Austen. But I soon grew tired of Shields' speculations about Austen's feelings, motivations,... Read morePublished on March 24, 2009 by Transplanted New Yorker