The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things by Paula Byrne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The best Austen biography I've read. By anchoring each chapter on a physical object, the author has given each facet of Austen's life, and larger life in Georgian England, a realness and intimacy that is often lacking in history or biography. Rather than surmising about what Miss Austen may have thought about this or that, Paula Byrne delves into the facts of life in Georgian England, and particularly of the Austen family. Jane Austen is revealed as a very human, complex woman. Is it any wonder that her works have endured and continue to engage so many different kinds of readers?
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