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Memoir of Jane Austen [Kindle Edition]

James Edward Austen-Leigh
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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About the Author

J.E. Austen Leigh, nephew and biographer of Jane Austen.  Mr. Austen Leigh was a biographer who could lay claim to actual interaction with his famous aunt. Austen Leigh's childhood recollections--along with illustrated discussions of the Austen homesteads--make this particular biography of Jane Austen unique and intimate.

Product Details

  • File Size: 260 KB
  • Print Length: 98 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482545764
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UK6WSU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,710 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Insights for Austen Fans July 14, 2012
By Womble
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I thoroughly enjoyed this glimpse into the life of Jane Austen. Written by one of her nephews and published 50 years after her unfortunate early death, this memoir is credited with increasing the popularity of Austen's works. Interesting to think that if this had not been published, perhaps her work would not be as widely appreciated as it is today.

Her letters were definitely the highlight for me. Reading them made me love her even more for her intelligence and sense of humour. I only wish that more of her correspondence had survived.

Absolutely recommended for readers who love Austen's world and would like to discover more about this much loved author, her life, and her family.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Austen Biography September 26, 2012
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Wow, this was really dry reading and slow going, lots of words without a lot of real information.....only recommended for the die-hard Jane Austen fan, who wants to know as much as is out there about the authoress.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Memoir by a nephew, not a biography August 26, 2014
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As her nephew, he was in a position to use is own recollections of the author, as well as verbal accounts from his near relatives. Very few of her letters and manuscripts have survived; Jane Austen was a family-oriented person; hence family was a very important source of information about her. As well, he has also written about manners and customs in her time, which had changed even by the time this memoir was written, but not so long before as to be forgotten by older contemporaries of the author.

The author has also tried to provide a fairly balanced opinion about his aunt, while still calling it a memoir and not a biography.

I found it very interesting reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book. July 12, 2014
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Was a good book. Was hoping to learn more, but the author was as thorough as he could be and interviewed lots of relatives and friends of hers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must have May 2, 2014
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If you are a Jane Austin fan, then this is a "must have". And why not, Kindle users, it is free!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting. February 27, 2014
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I am always interested in learning more about the places, authors and eras of the works that I read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting book January 3, 2014
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If you are a Jane Austen fan, you will love this book! It's like getting a peek inside of her mind!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love her books thank you December 7, 2013
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Love that I got to met Mrs. Austen in this publication . Thank you for letting her readers get to meet her , if even through a family member's recollection of her I love her novel's , and never tire of reading them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very interesting .little is known about one of the world's most beloved novelist
Published 3 months ago by Mildred Fippen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I love these novels by Jane Austin. I love everything about the period, furniture, language decorum and manners. I got they all. Read more
Published 8 months ago by KAT
5.0 out of 5 stars Jane
It is amazing to be able to download a book through Amazon Kindle.
It is so easy to do and then can be transported so easily.
Published 10 months ago by addy8
4.0 out of 5 stars A needed read for the passionate Jane Austen fan
This is the first biography written about Jane Austen - it's hard to rate it low understanding that it was a nephew who wrote it and he was trying to maintain/create an image for... Read more
Published 11 months ago by K. Sasso
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed this book
Written by a nephew of Jane Austen approximately 50 years after her death, he had access to everyday letters and events that transpired within the family. Read more
Published 11 months ago by B. J. Reynolds
4.0 out of 5 stars Jane Austin fan
I enjoyed this book , I do like her letters and wish they I would I have been kept, it's nice to see the real jane and how her life seemed to be entwined into her stories.
Published 12 months ago by Lisa D Bernier
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift for someone special
We purchased this for a gift & the recipient was very well pleased. So glad to have found it here on Amazon.
Published 12 months ago by B. Souther
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More About the Author

Editor, novelist, and publisher/owner of Western Gate Books, Howard Clarke's writings reflect a diverse background and span of interests. He is an optioned screenwriter whose screenplays include an adaptation of a best-selling period thriller.

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