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Jon Spence's fascinating biography of Jane Austen paints an intimate portrait of the much-loved novelist. Spence's meticulous research has, perhaps most notably, uncovered evidence that Austen and the charming young Irishman Tom Lefroy fell in love at the age of twenty and that the relationship inspired Pride and Prejudice, one of the most celebrated works of fiction ever written. Becoming Jane Austen gives the fullest account we have of the romance, which was more serious and more enduring than previously believed. Seeing this love story in the context of Jane Austen's whole life enables us to appreciate the profound effect the relationship had on her art and on subsequent choices that she made in her life.

Full of insight and with an attentive eye for detail, Spence explores Jane Austen's emotional attachments and the personal influences that shaped her as a novelist. His elegant narrative provides a point of entry into Jane Austen's world as she herself perceived and experienced it. It is a world familiar to us from her novels, but in Becoming Jane Austen, Austen herself is the heroine.

Review:

"Jon Spence's Becoming Jane Austen is one of the best half-dozen books published on Austen in the last quarter century. This is a book full of wisdom about [Jane Austen] and her art." Joseph Wiesenfarth, JASNA News

Review:

"Becoming Jane Austen is a good, traditional biography. Clearly written, jargon-free and pleasant to read, it covers familiar ground without any sense of fatigue and makes the most of the material." Peter Washington, The Literary Review

Review:

"It is the small incidents that Jon Spence puts under the microscope in his entertaining and sensitive biography. Jon Spence is painstaking, delicate, full of insight — a somehow fitting, friendly biographer." Joceline Bury, Jane Austen's Regency World Magazine

Book News Annotation:

Spence draws from family accounts and diaries to construct this biography of Jane Austen in a tone that nods to that author's attention to the seemingly smallest affairs in her characters' society, business, family, and love lives. Positing that Austen's friendship with Irish lawyer Tom Lefroy inspired her love stories, Spence also illustrates the financial and personal circumstances among Austen and her siblings and acquaintances that so informed her work. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Jon Spence's fascinating biography of Jane Austen paints an intimate portrait of the much-loved novelist. Spence's meticulous research has, perhaps most notably, uncovered evidence that Austen and the charming young Irishman Tom Lefroy fell in love at the age of twenty and that the relationship inspired Pride and Prejudice, one of the most celebrated works of fiction ever written. Becoming Jane Austen gives the fullest account we have of the romance, which was more serious and more enduring than previously believed. Seeing this love story in the context of Jane Austen's whole life enables us to appreciate the profound effect the relationship had on her art and on subsequent choices that she made in her life.Full of insight and with an attentive eye for detail, Spence explores Jane Austen's emotional attachments and the personal influences that shaped her as a novelist. His elegant narrative provides a point of entry into Jane Austen's world as she herself perceived and experienced it. It is a world familiar to us from her novels, but in Becoming Jane Austen, Austen herself is the heroine.

Synopsis:

Spence's new biography focuses its attention away from the wider literary and intellectual currents that informed Jane Austen's writing and instead concentrates on the immediate influences on her life and work. The book also forms the basis of a forthcoming film of the same title.

About the Author

Jon Spence is an American and was educated at King's College, London University. He has lived abroad for many years and now divides his time between London and Sydney. He is the editor of A Century of Wills from Jane Austen's Family and Jane Austen's Brother Abroad: The Grand Tour Journals of Edward Austen. He acted as Historical Consultant on the film Becoming Jane.

Table of Contents

IllustrationsAcknowledgements1 Legacies2 Home3 Scenes4 The Good Apprentice5 History6 Love and Art7 Place8 Ways of Escape9 Money10 Work11 The World12 The BodyAppendixNotesBibliographyIndex

Product Details

ISBN:
9781847250469
Author:
Spence, Jon
Publisher:
Hambledon & London
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Women
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Subject:
Great britain
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
7.77 x 5.36 x 0.89 in

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Product details 312 pages Continuum International Publishing Group - English 9781847250469 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Jon Spence's Becoming Jane Austen is one of the best half-dozen books published on Austen in the last quarter century. This is a book full of wisdom about [Jane Austen] and her art."
"Review" by , "Becoming Jane Austen is a good, traditional biography. Clearly written, jargon-free and pleasant to read, it covers familiar ground without any sense of fatigue and makes the most of the material."
"Review" by , "It is the small incidents that Jon Spence puts under the microscope in his entertaining and sensitive biography. Jon Spence is painstaking, delicate, full of insight — a somehow fitting, friendly biographer."
"Synopsis" by ,
Jon Spence's fascinating biography of Jane Austen paints an intimate portrait of the much-loved novelist. Spence's meticulous research has, perhaps most notably, uncovered evidence that Austen and the charming young Irishman Tom Lefroy fell in love at the age of twenty and that the relationship inspired Pride and Prejudice, one of the most celebrated works of fiction ever written. Becoming Jane Austen gives the fullest account we have of the romance, which was more serious and more enduring than previously believed. Seeing this love story in the context of Jane Austen's whole life enables us to appreciate the profound effect the relationship had on her art and on subsequent choices that she made in her life.Full of insight and with an attentive eye for detail, Spence explores Jane Austen's emotional attachments and the personal influences that shaped her as a novelist. His elegant narrative provides a point of entry into Jane Austen's world as she herself perceived and experienced it. It is a world familiar to us from her novels, but in Becoming Jane Austen, Austen herself is the heroine.
"Synopsis" by , Spence's new biography focuses its attention away from the wider literary and intellectual currents that informed Jane Austen's writing and instead concentrates on the immediate influences on her life and work. The book also forms the basis of a forthcoming film of the same title.
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