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Jane Austen


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ISBN13: 9780143035169
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With the same sensitivity and artfulness that are the trademarks of her award-winning novels, Carol Shields explores the life of a writer whose own novels have engaged and delighted readers for the past two hundred years. In Jane Austen, Shields follows this superb and beloved novelist from her early family life in Steventown to her later years in Bath, her broken engagement, and her intense relationship with her sister Cassandra. She reveals both the very private woman and the acclaimed author behind the enduring classics Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma. With its fascinating insights into the writing process from an award–winning novelist, Carol Shields’s magnificent biography of Jane Austen is also a compelling meditation on how great fiction is created.


Jane Austen gets the biography she deserves from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Stone Diaries."

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Carol Shields (1935–2003) was the author of eleven works of fiction, including Larr‛s Party, winner of the Orange Prize, and The Stone Diaries, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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Female Reader, August 16, 2006 (view all comments by Female Reader)
This was a beautifully crafted biography that helped bring Jane Austen to life for me. It is more about the woman behind the novels, and less about the novels themselves. If you're interested in analysis of her novels try reading A Fine Brush on Ivory: An Appreciation of Jane Austen, though I didn't always agree with the writer's analysis I found them interesting none the less. I was never able to see the woman behind Jane Austen's books due to the sheer brilliance they contain until reading this biography. I was moved beyond words by the glimpse we get into her life. I was shocked that despite her intelligence, wit, strength, and perceptiveness she was still looked down upon by others, and that not only herself but also her work was not properly revered even by her own family. This biography stirred such emotion in me that I actually cried after finishing it. That a brilliant author/artist could lead such a superbly productive life, yet that life could still seem so unfulfilling, so much less than it should have been, just thinking about it stirs the same feelings of anger and sadness in me that I felt while reading the book. I would recommend this biography to anyone interested in Jane Austen.
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Product Details

Shields, Carol
Penguin Books
Shields, Carol Diggory
Novelists, English
19th century
Austen, Jane
Novelists, English - 19th century
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
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Grade Level:
from 12
7.18x5.12x.52 in. .31 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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