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Jane Austen : Lives - Carol Shields

Paperback Published: 1st November 2001
ISBN: 9780753812563
Number Of Pages: 208

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The prizewinning novelist Carol Shields, whose novels have themselves been compared to the works of Jane Austen, gives us a beautifully written, perceptive look at the life of one of the finest and most popular English novelists of all time. Jane Austen spent the first 25 years of her life in Steventon and the last eight in nearby Chawton, and did most of her writing in these two places. She never married although many of her novels are about marriage, and always lived with her parents and sister Cassandra. Whilst not unaware of the larger political and social goings-on at the time, she chose a small canvas for her novels, preferring to focus on the family as a microcosm through which to explore human nature. Carol Shields has written a wonderfully observant and revealing biography of this remarkable writer whose characters are as alive today in their longings as they were two hundred years ago, when Jane Austen first gave them breath. 'An excellent biography' Mail on Sunday

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Who better to write a biography of one of England's favourite novelists than a novelist whose own work has been likened to that of Jane Austen? Another in a growing and commendable series of short biographies that includes Joan of Arc, Proust and James Joyce, Shields defends the author from charges of parochialism, and seeks to reinstate her as a citizen and spectator of a wider world than that of her own parish. Any biographer of Austen faces the difficulties presented by a lack of a diary, photographs and the other paraphernalia that have helped illuminate so many other literary lives but Shields is a perceptive reader of Austen's work and draws on her own knowledge of the times, as well as on the memoirs of Austen's nephew and on those of Austen's letters that have survived to arrive at a sympathetic and illuminating portrait of the writer, her milieu and her much-loved novels. (Kirkus UK)

ISBN: 9780753812563
ISBN-10: 0753812568
Series: Lives
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st November 2001
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 1