Drawing on Jane Austen's letters, novels and other people's memories of her, Lord David Cecil sets out 'to reconstruct and depict her living personality and to explore its relation to her art'. The portrait that emerges is of a clear-sighted, observant, strong-minded woman whose witty and ironic representation of her own society has delighted readers for centuries.
More than a literary biography, however, David Cecil's book, with its insights into family life, beliefs, standards, customs and conventions, tastes and fashions, is also a valuable contribution to social history.
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A great book to read if one wants to gain a basic understanding of the writings of Jane Austen. It is informative without being boring.