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Jane Austen: Her Life and Letters: A Family Record (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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by William Austen-Leigh, Richard Arthur Austen-Leigh
     
 

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Almost one hundred years after the death of Jane Austen, William Austen-Leigh and Richard Arthur Austen-Leigh published Jane Austen: Her Life and Letters. A Family Record (1913). The book lovingly details Jane’s birth, childhood, adolescence, and maturity; the everyday minutiae of her life, the circumstances in which she wrote her

Overview

Almost one hundred years after the death of Jane Austen, William Austen-Leigh and Richard Arthur Austen-Leigh published Jane Austen: Her Life and Letters. A Family Record (1913). The book lovingly details Jane’s birth, childhood, adolescence, and maturity; the everyday minutiae of her life, the circumstances in which she wrote her juvenilia and her six novels, and her early death. Using Jane Austen’s own letters, additional letters sent between a large and fond family, and family reminiscences, William and Richard Austen-Leigh continued the family tradition of carefully nurturing the literary and personal reputation of a literary icon who also happened to be a most beloved aunt.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760783238
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
08/17/2006
Series:
Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

William Austen-Leigh and Richard Arthur Austen-Leigh were among the many relatives that wrote a biography about Jane Austen. They attempted to bring a measure of objectivity to the family biographies of Jane Austen by consolidating every available source of knowledge about her. William Austen-Leigh, born in 1843, was Jane Austen’s grand-nephew, and Richard Arthur Austen-Leigh was William’s nephew.

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Jane Austen: Her Life and Letters: A Family Record (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ReaderVA More than 1 year ago
Anyone who is interested in Jane Austen's life should approach this book with the understanding that it was written by her great-nephew and his nephew. There's a noticeable effort to portray "Aunt Jane" as sweet, even-tempered, loving, and almost saint-like. Don't expect any insight into Austen's work or jarring revelations about her life. The letters themselves are mundane to the point of being boring. Unless you're a true Janeite, stick with her novels - you'll enjoy them much more than this memoir.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I so enjoyed all the details of Jane Austen, her family and her heritage? Learning about her gives you an intamacy into the author that you haven't gotten in her writings alone. Thank you for putting together such personal knowledge of our beloved author, and one of my personal favorites.
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