Synopses & Reviews
By focusing on the woman rather than the author, George Tucker paints a new and welcome picture of Jane Austen: not the spinster recluse of previous biographies, but a vibrant, well-traveled woman who was very much a part of the world in which she lived.
"Jane Austen once said, 'I think I may boast myself to be, with all possible vanity, the most unlearned and uninformed female who ever dared to be an authoress. 'Such teasing self-mockery is of course far from the truth, and it is the truth of the author's 'real life' which the author attempts to re-create after peeling away the layers of myth that still cover it. Scarcely the recluse she is still sometimes made out to be, Jane Austen emerges here as a lively, welltraveled woman, whose life was far richer than is often supposed." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)
"Austen has been depicted in earlier biographies as a shy and reclusive spinster. Tucker argues in this prodigiously researched and heavily footnoted study that Austen was a lively and witty woman who participated fully in the English social life she wrote about." --Publisher's Weekly
Includes bibliographical references (p. -250) and index.