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Memoir of Jane Austen Kindle Edition

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Length: 98 pages

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Special care was taken in preparing this particular edition of A Memoir of Jane Austen by ensuring a clean, clear reading interface especially formatted to be easy on the eyes.
 
Look for the companion volume, Jane Austen, Her Life and Letters, also edited by Howard Clarke. (Editing refers to formatting for readibility and Preface additions only.)

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.

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  • File Size: 260 KB
  • Print Length: 98 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482545764
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 30, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UK6WSU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,135 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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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.

For Howard's other publishing activities, visit www.WesternGateBooks.com.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Womble on July 14, 2012
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Faith Johnson on 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 By Gitanjali Singhal on 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By saabista on 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Theresa J. Dash on 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 By leslie on January 26, 2013
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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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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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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. Though he was quite young when his aunt died, his information is still more complete and accurate than someone outside of the family. Jane Austen is one of my most favorite authors with her enchanting story lines and delightful characters. It was enjoyable to learn about her life.
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