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Memoir of Jane Austen by [Austen-Leigh, James Edward]
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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

James Edward Austen-Leigh was the nephew of Jane Austen, one of the most beloved authors of the English language. The son of Austen s eldest brother, James, James Edward was the author of A Memoir of Jane Austen, a family project first published in 1869 that collected the family s memories of Jane, who had passed away in 1817, and which revealed her authorship of such classic novels as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Northanger Abbey. Published anonymously during her life, Austen s work was renowned for its realism, humour, and commentary on English social rites and society at the time.


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  • File Size: 389 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1503013006
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 30, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UK6WSU
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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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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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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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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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If you love Jane Austen as I do, this will interest you. It is a factual, enjoyable report of Jane Austen as reported by a niece many years her junior. The writing is nothing special (thus 3 stars) and the information is excellent for polite company, no scandals here. But you learn about Jane Austen first hand, and for those of us who love her writing, that is enough.
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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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The book is written in a slightly pompous style and only shows -- I believe -- an idealistic view of Jane Austen, still it is so full of information and insights in her books that as an Austen fan I could not put it down and I am sure I will read it again in the future.
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James recounting of the life of his Aunt Jane gave one a look into a writers love of family and of a life cut too short. I have been a fan of Miss Austen's work's (books) since junior high school.
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