Thursday, May 14, 2020

Jane Austen: A Life

I'm a long time admirer of Jane Austen, but have struggled to get through a biography about her life. Not so this time.

Ms. Shields is concise, while being informative, and explores they whys and motivations of Ms. Austen's books. I liked the insertion of various moments from each of Ms. Austen's novels.

If you want a more in depthy look at Ms. Austen's life, then you want a different biography, but this one is a wonderful introduction to the behind scenes world of Ms. Austen's life.


With the same sensitivity and artfulness that are the trademarks of her award-winning novels, Carol Shields explores the life of a writer whose own novels have engaged and delighted readers for the past two hundred years. In Jane Austen, Shields follows this superb and beloved novelist from her early family life in Steventown to her later years in Bath, her broken engagement, and her intense relationship with her sister Cassandra. She reveals both the very private woman and the acclaimed author behind the enduring classics Sense and SensibilityPride and Prejudice, and Emma. With its fascinating insights into the writing process from an award–winning novelist, Carol Shields’s magnificent biography of Jane Austen is also a compelling meditation on how great fiction is created.

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