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Jane Austen’s world-famous novels give readers a small glimpse into the author’s real life, which was filled with as many ups and downs as those of Emma Woodhouse or Elizabeth Bennet. She too had to navigate her way through a stratified society, filled with rules and repressions that she strove to break. But Austen was even more fascinating than her fiery female protagonists. In Jane Austen: Obstinate Heart, Valerie Grosvenor Myer explores the writer’s life with detail that will make Austen’s books even more enjoyable for fans.
Grosvenor Myer, who has previously written biographies of Margaret Drabble and Charlotte Brontë, delves into letters, family memories, and Austen’s novels to illuminate a perceptive picture of the woman herself and the social climate in which she lived. Surprises abound, and the reader is left with a sense of relief that Austen remained true to her “obstinate heart.” This is an invaluable companion for anyone who has been absorbed in one of her spirited novels.
About the Author
Valerie Grosvenor Myer (1935–2007) was a critic, editor, novelist, playwright, and teacher. She authored biographies of Margaret Drabble and Charlotte Brontë and was contributor to the Oxford Companion to English Literature. She lived in Cambridge, England, with her husband, theater critic Michael Grosvenor Myer.
“Detail by detail a palpable world builds up... a full palette consistent with the richness of Jane Austen’s fiction.” - The New York Times
“The accomplishment of this biography is to place Austen squarely amid the squawk and isolation of eighteenth-century life.” - The New Yorker
“Satisfying the thirst for all things Austen, Myer’s biography proves quick and quenching.” - Entertainment Weekly
ISBN: 9781611458138 ISBN-10: 1611458137 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 288 Published: 1st April 2013 Country of Publication: US Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24
Weight (kg): 0.36