Jane Austen: a Life Revealed

Jane Austen: a Life Revealed

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Jane Austen's popularity never seems to fade. She has hordes of devoted fans, and there have been numerous adaptations of her life and work. But who was Jane Austen? The writer herself has long remained a mystery. And despite the resonance her work continues to have for teens, there has never been a young adult biography on Austen. Catherine Reef changes that with this highly readable account. She takes an intimate peek at Austen's life and innermost feelings, interweaving her narrative with well-crafted digests of each of Austen's published novels. The end result is a book that is almost as much fun to read as Jane's own work - and truly a life revealed.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 18.03mm | 598.74g
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • full colour & b&w photos & illustrations throughout
  • 0547370210
  • 9780547370217
  • 1,316,334

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"Along with extensive details of Austen's family. . .Reef deftly sets the biographical facts onto a larger cultural and historical canvas that will give readers a much deeper understanding of Austen's novels, and well-chosen images, from period paintings and photos to contemporary film stills, add even more context."--"Booklist", starred review "Perhaps this work will lead readers to Jane Austen and imaginatively apply the facts of the author's life to the novels--or vice-versa."--"Kirkus Reviews"""
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About Catherine Reef

Catherine Reef is author of more than 40 nonfiction books for young people. Her award-winning books for Clarion include several biographies, among them "Ernest Hemingway: A Writer's Life, E.E. Cummings: A Poet's Life, "and "Sigmund Freud: Pioneer of the Mind, " all of which received starred reviews and numerous other accolades.She lives in College Park, Maryland."
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527 ratings
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4 34% (181)
3 42% (219)
2 10% (54)
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Jane Austen is one of my favourite classic authors, I enjoy her novels so much. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and PERSUASION are my two favourites. My love is easy to explain, because I simply show interest in time, customs, manners and the extraordinary ways of extraordinary characters to finding their love. JANE AUSTEN- A LIFE REVEALED is a biographical attempt to picture Jane Austen's life, surroundings and novels. Catherine Reef presents the author, her family life and incorporates the books written by Austen into that timeline. It was highly interesting to learn more about Jane's family and also typical difficulties about publishing in the 18th and 19th century. This novel has many information and details, to me mostly already known details and so rather boring sometimes. What I experienced as too long and unnecessary, could assist a reader not accustomed with Austen's work to follow the novels and analysis of Austen's work much easier. Catherine Reef gives detailed summaries of all of Jane Austen's books. The analysis tough isn't that detailed and insightful. JANE AUSTEN- A LIFE REVEALED interests with a profound index bibliography. In addition this novel has many pictures and additional information and material like original photographed pages of Austen's letters to offer. The layout is lovely and convinces with many quotes. Also included are filmic references to Austen movie adaptations. The writing style isn't that engaging, rather dry. It took me ages to read JANE AUSTEN- A LIFE REVEALED because I often got distracted or uninterested, but I still could find a good re-start when reading on. As JANE AUSTEN- A LIFE REVEALED is full of information about Jane Austen that are true and biographical. I shall only mention one reason why we love this book. We can't get enough of Jane. THE VERDICT I give it 2,5/5 stars. JANE AUSTEN- A LIFE REVEALED is a good way to learn more about the famous author and her work.show more
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