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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: #10,464 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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6 of 7 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars boring January 28, 2013
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I was so excited about this book. Being a great Jane Austen fan I would finally be able to read a book about HER and written by a relative... What could be more exciting than that? But I couldn't get into the book. Too boring. The narrative doesn't flow, the language is stiff. Guess not all the Austens are great writers...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Could not get into it July 27, 2012
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I really tried to read this book. I tried several times and continued reading and reading... and it did not hold my interest. I normally love reading about Jane and this period of history. I just couldnt seem to concentrate on it. It was ok, but not as fascinating as I wanted it to be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but not enough. January 26, 2013
By leslie
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For such a person this book feels like an afterthought a duty to be performed. I expect her niece that was a novice writer could have compiled stories of jane anything more detailed and personal would be an improvement.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for Austen Addicts Only March 23, 2015
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Although I was disappointed reading A Memoir of Jane Austen, because I found it rather dry and dull, I rated it as 3 stars because of its influence in stimulating interest in her works some 54 years after her death. Also, I realized this was a Memoir, so the level of detail was different than what I would expect from a biography. What you get is a mixture of personal letters and recollections from the writer, Ms. Austen's nephew, as well as family tidbits and background on the homes she lived in and the culture of the times generally. I imagine Janeites would find this book a nice addition to the lore and legend of one of England's most beloved authors, and a personal favourite of mine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A needed read for the passionate Jane Austen fan November 25, 2013
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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 his aunt. There are many, more recent biographies that are much less biased that I highly recommend reading. But this gives an interesting viewpoint and worthwhile for a true Janeite
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting if you want to know a bit about who Jane Austin was in real life.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
so nice to read about Jane Austin from someone who actually knew her. wonderful historic references
Published 2 months ago by dotp
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Interesting background to read before reading the novels
Published 4 months ago by JESSIE R TRACEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading
If you love Jane Austen's works you will love this.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 months ago by Laura German
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very interesting .little is known about one of the world's most beloved novelist
Published 9 months ago by Mildred Fippen
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book.
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.
Published 9 months ago by Karen S. Knapp
4.0 out of 5 stars A must have
If you are a Jane Austin fan, then this is a "must have". And why not, Kindle users, it is free!
Published 11 months ago by readerkaren
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting.
I am always interested in learning more about the places, authors and eras of the works that I read.
Published 14 months ago by Toni Coomes Moberly
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 14 months ago by KAT
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Editor, novelist, and publisher/owner of Western Gate Books, Howard Clarke's writings reflect a diverse background and span of interests, including military service (retired USAF officer), medical educator (former assistant professor at a medical school), and an optioned screenwriter.

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