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Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

    Chock full of Austen

    A Janeite for some 15 years, and a member of JASNA, I've read many Austen biographies, yet still found innumerable nuggets of charm in this book. It is NOT an easy read, sometimes as difficult as reading an Austen book. And a family tree would have diminished some of my "who was related to whom questions" as the Austens were prolific. Yet, reading how Chawton cottage got it's first sign was amazing. Learning about the original Jane Austen Society in England, and how it worked to restore Chawton, was new to me, and therefor enlightening. Reading of the on the spot donations of Jane's two gold crosses, and her lock of hair during society meetings were simply touching. The book is scholarly, very detailed, and all inclusive of everything you can imagine. It leaves open, yet unveils new concepts, on some of the Austen mysteries: why did Cassandra burn most of her letters? What kind of person was Jane? Did her family want to protect a shy and introverted author or hide a nasty, sarcastic sister from her adoring public? We can only ponder. Harman acknowledges what most critics avoid saying, that with all Jane's criptic comments on the social mores of the time, many of her followers read her books just for the love stories. And why not! Mr. Darcy. Captain Wentworth...there should be such men today! This book is a must read for any true devotees of this astonishing author. And maybe even a re-read.

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