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Jane Austen: A Life
     

Jane Austen: A Life

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by Carol Shields
 

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With the same sensitivity and artfulness that are the trademarks of her award-winning novels, Carol Shields explores the life of a writer whose own novels have engaged and delighted readers for the past two hundred years. In Jane Austen, Shields follows this superb and beloved novelist from her early family life in Steventown to her later years in Bath, her

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With the same sensitivity and artfulness that are the trademarks of her award-winning novels, Carol Shields explores the life of a writer whose own novels have engaged and delighted readers for the past two hundred years. In Jane Austen, Shields follows this superb and beloved novelist from her early family life in Steventown to her later years in Bath, her broken engagement, and her intense relationship with her sister Cassandra. She reveals both the very private woman and the acclaimed author behind the enduring classics Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma. With its fascinating insights into the writing process from an award–winning novelist, Carol Shields’s magnificent biography of Jane Austen is also a compelling meditation on how great fiction is created.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143035169
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/31/2005
Series:
Penguin Lives Ser.
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
407,115
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Carol Shields (1935-2003) is the author of The Stone Diaries, which won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Canada's Governor General's Award. Her other novels and short-story collections include The Republic of Love, Happenstance, Swann, The Orange Fish, Various Miracles, The Box Garden, and Small Ceremonies (all available from Penguin).

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Date of Birth:
June 2, 1935
Date of Death:
July 16, 2003
Place of Birth:
Oak Park, Illinois
Place of Death:
Toronto, Canada
Education:
B.A., Hanover College, Indiana; M.A. (English), Ottawa University, 1975
Website:
http://www.carolshields.com

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Jane Austen 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Isabelloftusussher More than 1 year ago
Carol Shields brings a novelist's sensitive understanding to a sister writer, and the results are illuminating, refreshing, and thoughtful. The book is well-informed and also eloquent and absorbing. No matter how many times one has read Jane Austen--or planned to do so--this book opens up the novels with the familiar newly conceived and appreciated. I recommend this book to scholars, students, and general readers alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Austen's novels, her letters, seen most of the film adaptations, and have also read many bios and critical essays on her work. I found Shield's book a very enjoyable read -as opposed to less accessible academic material. Sheild's made the author, her family, and her world come alive! I would recommend this book to Austen fans of every age. It is too bad the world lost both Austen and Shields all too soon!
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