Jane Austen, a Life

Jane Austen, a Life

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Using her letters and other writings, this biography of Jane Austen sets out to portray her as she might have been, in the context of her time and today. Jane Austen's accidental genius, rising from a welter of similarly amateur 18th-century lady novelists, survived the fluxes in literary fashion of the 19th century to become a cultural shibboleth of the 20th century. Admired by some for her understated style, her masterful portrayal of small lives and her sly humour, she was reviled by others for exactly the same reasons, and loving her, seeing the point became and remains almost a test of character. Symbol of national stability on the one hand, of class and gender repression on the other, her work is the great literary stamping ground of political debate - and so by extension is her character.
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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 153 x 234mm
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747534039
  • 9780747534037