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    Jane Austen and Her World (Literary Lives Series) (Paperback) By (author) Marghanita Laski

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    DescriptionThis work is a study of the life and work of Jane Austen, who sprang from the upper-middle class society of late 18th-century southern England. Self-contained, orthodox in morals and religion, depending for its strength on the professions and on the ownership of the land - this was the milieu in which she spent her life and which she describes so memorably in her novels. Her environment provided her with material ideally suited to her talents: accurate observation of character, wit, dramatic intuition, an ear for realistic dialogue and a highly disciplined formal sense. The author provides a study of Jane Austen's work, her letters, (which are quoted) and her period.


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    Title
    Jane Austen and Her World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Marghanita Laski
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 144
    Width: 181 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 390 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780500260159
    ISBN 10: 050026015X
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: DSBF, DSK
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BG
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AB
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.5
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    BISAC V2.8: BIO007000
    Libri: B-092
    BISAC V2.8: BIO022000
    DC21: 823.7
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25720
    BISAC V2.8: BIO006000
    BIC subject category V2: 2AB
    LC classification: PR4036.L38
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    137 illustrations
    Publisher
    Thames & Hudson Ltd
    Imprint name
    Thames & Hudson Ltd
    Publication date
    01 April 1998
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Review text
    As charming and lucid as this tiny drawing-room biography is, it comes as something of a skimpy disappointment after previous, more substantial volumes in the illustrated. . . and his/her World series (see Osborne's Wagner, p. 400). First published in 1969 under the same title - and still in print as of last year - Laski's portrait is done in pastels, with all perspectives slanting in on Miss Jane's (not being the eldest, 'twas never "Miss Austen"!) life at home rather than her life in print. Drawing heavily on Jane's effusive but admittedly impersonal letters, Laski laces up the labyrinthine family connections with the south-of-England county society doings: the pursuit of dowered brides; the nurse-comforter-teacher role of the spinster daughter-sister-aunt (Jane excelled in ali capacities); the highly mockable raw material that made it possible for Jane to write her human comedies without ever leaving home. The publication of each novel is duly noted, but criticism is eschewed - though Laski's sure scholarship surfaces now and again as she suggests a few character sources and refers easily to the vital Jenkins and Chapman biographies. So, with little attempt at either literary weight or personal probe (Austen vies for the Most Unpsychoanalyzable Writer award), the illustrations had better be good. And they are. 137 of them - only three or four of elusive Jane herself - are imaginatively, astutely arranged, capturing the family, the friends, the architecture, the countryside, and the artifacts of the turn into the 19th century. A glorious, literate picture-book, then, but a wispier package than we've come to expect. (Kirkus Reviews)