List Lover's Guide to Jane Austen

Overview

Her life, her work, her legacy—step into the world of the incredible Jane Austen.

It's Jane like you've never seen! Through fun and breezy lists, discover everything there is to know about Jane Austen, the sassy literary genius we know and love. Learn her likes and dislikes, her haves and have-nots, where she traveled, how she lived, and who she knew.

With a wealth of little-known and fascinating information, find out:

•Her friends and her ...

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Overview

Her life, her work, her legacy—step into the world of the incredible Jane Austen.

It's Jane like you've never seen! Through fun and breezy lists, discover everything there is to know about Jane Austen, the sassy literary genius we know and love. Learn her likes and dislikes, her haves and have-nots, where she traveled, how she lived, and who she knew.

With a wealth of little-known and fascinating information, find out:

•Her friends and her beaux

•Every place she lived or visited

•Books in her library

•Her quirks

•The last lines of everything she wrote

•and much more!

"An amusing and informative compendium of all things Austen."—Emily Auerbach, Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, author of Searching for Jane Austen

"Engaging, entertaining, and well researched, this book should be on every Austen lover's wish list."—Carrie Bebris, author of the Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery series

"It will teach you new things about Jane Austen's life—we tend to think of her life as a very quiet and confined one, but just look at the list of people she knew and mentions in her letters."—Susannah Fullerton, President of the Jane Austen Society of Australia and author of A Dance with Jane Austen and Happily Ever After After

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Editorial Reviews

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"Finally, for the die-hard fan, this June release is the ultimate Jane Austen compendium. Its fascinating lists include: what books Austen had in her library, the last lines of everything she wrote, her royal ancestors, and even what flowers she had in her garden! You don't know Jane fully until you've read this book." - Huffington Post

"One does not need to be a fan of Austen to find the book useful--students who are studying Austen may find this book handy for research not only for facts on Austen, but her novels as well.Fans of Austen will enjoy the fun and fulfillment, and desperate students looking for some information will appreciate the sheer amount of facts readily available to them." - VOYA

"Two hundred plus years later and the Janeites are going strong. This reference guide is sure to be a hit among those who are in love with Jane Austen's novels, especially the detail that is given about the woman herself. " - Coffee Time Romance

VOYA - Kate Neff
Many girls fall in love with the works of Jane Austen once they are exposed to her classics through assigned reading, and for those die-hard fans, this book of lists will satisfy any and all questions they could ever imagine about Ms. Austen. The author has compiled nearly everything there is to know about Austen into 224 pages full of lists. The reader learns the basic facts of her life: her family members, where she lived, and when she was born and died; but we also learn more trivial details about her life, like what she wore and what her favorite songs were. One of the most delightful sections is Austen's poetry, including a little piece she wrote to an unkindly dressmaker. One does not need to be a fan of Austen to find the book useful—students who are studying Austen may find this book handy for research not only for facts on Austen, but her novels as well. The last section is a very comprehensive collection of lists about her novels, including all of the characters and their roles, all of the locations featured, and some reviews during her time. Fans of Austen will enjoy the fun and fulfillment, and desperate students looking for some information will appreciate the sheer amount of facts readily available to them. Reviewer: Kate Neff
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402282034
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 787,855
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Introduction

What do we actually know about Jane Austen? What are the facts? And wouldn't it be fun to write them all down? That's how this book began: with a love of Jane Austen and a need to make neat little (!) lists.

• Where exactly did she live?

• How many siblings did she have?

• Who were her best friends?

• What did she do for fun?

• Who were her heartthrobs?

• All the first lines of her novels

• What she read

• What she wore

• What about her stuff?

• &c, &c, as Jane would say

In this book, we'll highlight all the people and places of Jane's lifetime. Just the facts-nieces and nephews born after she died are not listed, and places her friends or family may have traveled (but there's no evidence she did) are not included. It all makes for a true picture of Jane's life-her letters and friends'
and relatives' firsthand accounts are chock-full of fascinating tidbits-as do artifacts and reminiscences from neighbors and people who crossed her path.

As many before have discovered, trying to pin down Jane Austen is difficult-but not unexciting. We know quite a bit about her life and work,
thanks to remarkable research done by scholars and enthusiasts almost from the moment she died. And new information pops up regularly, sending a rumble through the landscape, changing our "truth" just a bit. No matter.
We're relentless, we're Janeites, and we're true fans.

Back to the "little" part of the lists. The biggest surprise in putting this book together was discovering the sheer number of social contacts, places visited, and characters in her books. Her social circle was enormous and her travels many, mirrored in her novels by the sixty plus characters and forty plus locations in Sense and Sensibility, for starters.

Do life and work connect in the world of Jane Austen? Maybe you'll find some clues here. And who knows, maybe someday you'll unearth an undiscovered diary. Much is left to explore, so let's begin!

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