Becoming Jane Austen

Becoming Jane Austen

by Jon Spence


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Becoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence

Jon Spence's biography of Jane Austen paints an intimate portrait of the much-loved novelist. Spence's meticulous research has uncovered evidence that Austen and the charming young Irishman Tom Lefroy fell in love at the age of twenty and that the relationship inspired "Pride and Prejudice," one of the most celebrated works of fiction. "Becoming Jane Austen" gives the fullest account we have of the romance, which was more serious and more enduring than previously believed. Seeing this love story in the context of Jane Austen's whole life enables us to appreciate the profound effect the relationship had on her art and on subsequent choices that she made in her life. Full of insight and with an attentive eye for detail, Spence explores Jane Austen's emotional attachments and the personal influences that shaped her as a novelist. The narrative provides a point of entry into Jane Austen's world as she herself perceived and experienced it. It is a world familiar to us from her novels, but in "Becoming Jane Austen," Austen herself is the heroine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781852853945
Publisher: Bloomsbury UK
Publication date: 05/28/2003
Product dimensions: 6.54(w) x 9.46(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jon Spence is an American and was educated at King's College, London University. He has lived abroad for many years and now divides his time between London and Sydney. He is the editor of A Century of Wills from Jane Austen's Family and Jane Austen's Brother Abroad: The Grand Tour Journals of Edward Austen. He acted as Historical Consultant on the film Becoming Jane.

Table of Contents

IllustrationsAcknowledgements1 Legacies2 Home3 Scenes4 The Good Apprentice5 History6 Love and Art7 Place8 Ways of Escape9 Money10 Work11 The World12 The BodyAppendixNotesBibliographyIndex

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