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Jane Austen A Life (Paperback)

Author:  Claire Tomalin
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0679766766
ISBN-13: 9780679766766
Sku: 30459265
Publish Date: 5/1/1999
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 1T
Pages:  400
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The author of Mrs. Jordans Profession offers an incisive portrait of the acclaimed author and the Georgian society in which she lived, discussing her personal life, her family, her colorful neighbors, and her extraordinary novels. Reprint. 20,000 first printing. *Author: Tomalin, Claire *Subtitle: A Life *Publication Date: 1999/05/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.25
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Providing detailed and absorbing accounts of Jane Austen's friendships and travels, Tomalin shatters the myth of the novelist as a sheltered and homebound spinster whose knowledge of the world was limited to the view from a Hampshire village. of illustrations. Map.
A biography of Jane Austen that places her in the period in which she wrote, and emphasizes the evolution of her works. A "New York Times" Notable Book for 1998.


Literary Review
"[E]xcellent work....Tomalin...grabs the reader with her use of the second person pronoun: 'you can imagine,' 'when you think.' The effect is strange for a moment, but soon succeeds in pulling the reader into the heart of the biographical process itself." - Kathryn Hughes October 1997

Kirkus Reviews
"[E]xpertly places the great novelist in her historical moment, without attempting to fully plumb her psyche....Tomalin doesn't convince with her tentative explanations of what mad Austen tick. Be it somewhat lacking in depth, however, the sketch of the famous author that emerged from Tomalin's unassuming, lucid and concise account...does do justice to the integrity of her complex character....Recommended for those seeking a brief introduction to Austen's life, times, and work." 10/01/1997

Wall Street Journal
"Ms. Tomalin has adopted a casual, personal style. Although her constant speculations...are grating, she has written a readable account of Austen's life." - Tess Lewis 11/17/1997

Washington Post Book World
"Claire Tomalin, while sticking firmly to facts, never lets her readers forget that what she describes is the 18th century, over 200 years distant, in its opinions and habits, from our viewpoint." - Joan Aiken 10/26/1997

New York Times
"In her marvelous new biography of Austen, the English writer Claire Tomalin strips away [the] mythology to reveal a tough, humorous and highly resourceful woman. She not only depicts a life that was considerably more worldly than commonly supposed, but also delineates an emotional experience 'full of events, of distress and even trauma,' which permanently shaped Austen's apprehension of the world....Writing in vivid, authoritative prose, she does a masterly job of delineating the complex emotional mathematics of the Austen clan....The only complaint one might register is that Ms. Tomalin's discussions of the novels are too brief...; her remarks are so illuminating that the reader is left wanting more. That quibble aside, Ms. Tomalin has pulled off something very difficult: She has written a biography that reflects Austen's own exacting standards, a book that radiates intelligence, wit and insight." - Michiko Kakutani 11/25/1997

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Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0400
Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books USA
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