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Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World Paperback – February 1, 2011
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Written beautifully, Harman has done an incredible job in tracking down the rise of Austen as the world's favourite author. Dispelling the myths along the way and enlightening the reading public as to the real background to Jane.
Austen was a writer from early on, her Juvenlia were also part of an active, intelligent, and witty family collection. Clearly she wrote to appeal and entertain as with the rest of family. However Jane did show a special interest - and was supported in this at a time when there were female authors - but they were rare. The known facts of her life are laid bare, which reflects on the later biography by her great Nephew Austen-Leigh as less than honest reflection. Letters Harman has sourced between Austen-Leigh and other relatives show that much was concealed and the attempt was made to paint Jane Austen as gentle kindly lady.
Jane Austen's fame grew from the mid to late nineteenth centry - up until the 1850's there had been fewer than 10 critical articles in literary journals on her work, and while her works were in print, an attempt to sell the copyright to them in the 1830's hardly fetched the sum her family had hoped for - a mere 500 pounds. So while they eventually sold the copyright much cheaper, the books at least stayed in print for several decades.Read more ›
Austen died at age only 41in 1817. In the chapters devoted to Austen's life, Harmon tries (as have so many) to understand how this rural spinster could have produced such worthy novels. It was family influence that helped. Her family read. They talked about books, and they made fun of the bad ones and valued the good. "Jane Austen became a great writer," says Harmon, "partly because she was a great reader, and had a highly developed _consumer's_ understanding of her favourite form." Her family, though they loved her writing, underestimated the value of her novels, and certainly would have been surprised that generations later would find Austen a world-class author.Read more ›
Writing for the public was still a man's activity in the early 1800s, and Jane Austen spent most of her life writing privately, for family and friends. For twenty years, she wrote and, more importantly, rewrote her six famous novels, before Sense and Sensibility was finally published anonymously in 1811, when Jane was thirty-five. Pride and Prejudice followed in 1813, Mansfield Park in 1814, and Emma in 1815. Two more novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, were published posthumously, in 1817. Her books did not sell a large number of copies, though she was praised by the literati, including dramatist Richard Brinsley Sheridan and Sir Walter Scott, who, in 1815, wrote a four thousand-word praise of Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma.
After her death and public acknowledgement of her authorship, her work remained in print, and by 1840, Jane Austen was being compared to Shakespeare by Thomas Babington Macaulay. As the nineteenth century continued, Robert Southey, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, and others all praised her work. (Charlotte Bronte was a well-publicized dissenter.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was very interested in reading this book, from it's title. Unfortunately, this is obviously the author's thesis, and as such is extremely thorough, but very boring. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I feel that it is a book published for a specific market that looks for precise detail, text book style. It is a compendium of everything having to do with Jane Austen. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dolores H. Price
The author is right in giving this book the subtitle - How Jane Austen Conquered the World. Because she has. Read morePublished 17 months ago by John Matlock
A good read. The first part of the book is devoted to factual information about the life and profession of Jane Austen. Read morePublished 21 months ago by S. Cremona
This seemed like a particularly relevant book to read in the wake of the Pride and Prejudice bicentennial, which got me thinking a little about the wide scope of Jane Austen's... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Elisabeth
got for mom so have no idea if good or not..she was happy so i guess it is worth itPublished on May 23, 2013 by Ivan Henson
This is a fascinating book about a fascinating author. The first quarter is biographical, and then Claire Harman explains how Jane Austen's fame grew through the decades and... Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by James D. Best
Do not mistake this book for a biography about Jane Austen, but it contains biographical information about Jane Austen. In fact this contained more biographical information (i.e. Read morePublished on November 25, 2012 by Jessica
I listened to the audio version of the book (borrowed from a local library) in my car during commutes and enjoyed it very much. Read morePublished on April 11, 2012 by Ann in Amherst