At Home with Jane Austen

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Tour the homes and settings of Jane Austen, one of the most widely read and beloved authors in English literature.

“I shall be very glad to see you at home again, and then...who will be so happy as we?”—Jane Austen

From her youth in a country rectory in Steventon, a small village in Hampshire, England—where she wrote her first stories for her friends, Volume the First, Volume the Second, and Volume the Third—to the fashionable spa town of Bath, to the seaport of Southampton, to...

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Overview


Tour the homes and settings of Jane Austen, one of the most widely read and beloved authors in English literature.

“I shall be very glad to see you at home again, and then...who will be so happy as we?”—Jane Austen

From her youth in a country rectory in Steventon, a small village in Hampshire, England—where she wrote her first stories for her friends, Volume the First, Volume the Second, and Volume the Third—to the fashionable spa town of Bath, to the seaport of Southampton, to her final years in her last settled home at peaceful Chawton Cottage, where she penned her most famous novel, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s life was hardly that of a shutin.

A regular visitor to London, to the seashore for holidays, and to the estates of friends and relatives, Jane carried her own notion of home with her wherever she went and drew inspiration for her brilliantly witty novels from every new experience. She wrote most everywhere she traveled, accompanied by her portable writing desk.

With gorgeous photography and illustrations, At Home with Jane Austen explores Austen’s world, her physical surroundings, and the journeys the popular author took during her lifetime. Author Kim Wilson ties Austen’s novels to places where she lived, visited, and even attended school, ending with her final months in temporary lodgings in Winchester, England. Jane Austen’s enduring legacy is the final chapter of this beautiful and eye-opening book.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/22/2014
Though there is no shortage of books about Jane Austen, this charming volume will no doubt find an appreciative audience. Wilson (Tea with Jane Austen) once again leads the reader through a specific aspect of Austen's life– in this case, the physical spaces which she lived in or visited. Individual chapters take us from Austen's childhood country home in rural Steventon to the bustling city of Bath, with which she is so associated, to her final dwellings in Chawton, where she wrote so many of her novels, and Winchester, where she passed away. Austen regularly visited friends and family and vacationed at the seaside, and the chapter on travel is particularly engaging, recounting in detail the vagaries and difficulties of Regency-era travel. Copious photographs and prints illustrate what Jane Austen might have experienced as well as what remains for us to enjoy. Quotes from Austen's letters convey the day-to-day experience of living in these places, and examples from her work demonstrate how often these experiences found their way into the novels. The volume will perhaps be best enjoyed by diehard Austenites, but even casual fans should enjoy following in the beloved author's footsteps. A useful appendix is also included.120 color illus. (Sept.)
From the Publisher

“This handsome, decorative book evokes the charm of a Jane Austen novel with lively prose, whimsical illustrations, and stunning modern photographs.” –Library Journal

"A luscious coffee table book...a perfect combination of detailed research, engaging prose, and exquisite illustrations." —Austenprose

#1 Non-Fiction Austen-Inspired Title of 2014, Austenprose

“Whether you are a newcomer, or a longtime Austen devotee, this book cannot fail to encourage your own further exploration of her life, times, and work.” —Mary Guyatt, curator of Jane Austen’s House Museum

Selected for Women's Wear Daily's fall book round-up, "Elements of Style"

Library Journal
11/15/2014
This handsome, decorative book evokes the charm of a Jane Austen novel with lively prose, whimsical illustrations, and stunning modern photographs. Wilson (Tea with Jane Austen) presents the houses where Austen lived or visited, the people she encountered, the events she experienced, and the brilliant response she made to her world: her novels. In this volume, Wilson relies on Austen's letters, family memoirs, travel guides, and other publications of the era to create an enchanting biographical sketch. The author shares detailed descriptions of each house occupied by the novelist—the spacious parsonage at Steventon, where Jane was born, the narrow terraced Sydney Place house in Bath, and the "old-fashioned" Castle Square residence in Southampton. Austen's final home was Chawton Cottage, a "comfortable and ladylike establishment," as described by her niece Caroline. Austen's daily activities—sewing, practicing the piano, reading—are examined, and her love of dancing ("there were twenty dances and I danced them all") celebrated. VERDICT Austen enthusiasts and any reader interested in late 18th- and early 19th-century English society will relish this title.—Kathryn Bartelt, Univ. of Evansville Libs., IN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789212092
  • Publisher: Abbeville Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/30/2014
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 163,539
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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