Jane Austen: Her Life and Letters: A Family Record
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Enter the world of the woman behind the beloved classics. Here, in her own words and in the stories of those who knew her best, Jane Austen comes alive.
Jane Austen’s personal life and words were brought to light in this exemplary 1913 biography, written by the author’s descendants. Seeking to do justice to Austen’s legend with a factual and uncompromising biography, Richard and William Austen-Leigh embarked on meticulous research among their family archives. By drawing from Austen’s own words in personal correspondence as well as first-hand memories from relatives and friends, the Austen-Leighs were able to bring forth a life-story unparalleled in its detail and scope. This is an intimate look at one of literature’s brightest stars—in her own words and in the words of those who knew her best.
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Since 1870-1, when J. E. Austen Leigh published his Memoir of Jane Austen, considerable additions have been made to the stock of information available for her biographers. Of these fresh sources of knowledge the set of letters from Jane to Cassandra, edited by Lord Brabourne, has been by far ...Back to top
Reviewed by justAnca on Oct 1, 2010
A very sedate account of Jane Austen's life. Though, after finishing the book I'm left with the impression that it matches very well with Jane's life and that it reveals her more than a modern biography can because it's written in the style of the period. One surprise for me was to find out that their letter writing style was quite like the one used in Jane's books or that they used to write on a letter small pieces in multiple days before sending it. Those are the kind of little details that I might have missed had I read a modern account of her life.
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