The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things

The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things

by Paula Byrne


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061999109
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 556,958
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

Paula Byrne is the critically acclaimed author of five biographies, including Belle: The Slave Daughter and the Lord Chief Justice, The Real Jane Austen, and Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead. She lives in Oxford, England, with her husband, the academic and biographer Jonathan Bate.

Table of Contents

Authors Note xi

Prologue: Captain Harville's Carpentry 1

1 The Family Profile 13

2 The East Indian Shawl 29

3 The Vellum Notebooks 53

4 The Subscription List 75

5 The Sisters 91

6 The Barouche 109

7 The Cocked Hat 123

8 The Theatrical Scenes 135

9 The Card of Lace 153

10 The Marriage Banns 173

11 The Ivory Miniature 193

12 The Daughter of Mansfield 213

13 The Crimson Velvet Cushions 225

14 The Topaz Crosses 237

15 The Box of Letters 253

16 The Laptop 267

17 The Royalty Cheque 289

18 The Bathing Machine 311

Epilogue 327

Notes 331

Picture Credits 359

Acknowledgments 363

Index 367

What People are Saying About This

Maureen Corrigan

“Byrne’s aim is to show how these objects, many of them reproduced in her book in lush color plates, reveal a much more cosmopolitan awareness of the world than is commonly credited to Austen.”

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The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Lizzielu More than 1 year ago
Intriguing, yet fun read about Jane Austen as seen through some of her remaining artifacts.  Lots of biographical history is associated to each item - a card of lace, miniatures, a painting.  Very well researched and a wonderful and fascinating approach to a biography of this beloved author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the beginning chapters sluggish to read... I almost gave up. Then the author begins to write about Jane and my attention is caught and held by each seductive chapter... Fascinating, each secret... Mystery brought to ones own decision based on facts presented... I would recommend starting midway in the book then reading the beginning few chapters. Sandi Barnard
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gdh1003 More than 1 year ago
Byrne is entirely too speculative. She makes assertions of fact without any documentary support, including about Austen's and her family members' motivations and feelings. She also extensively ascribes Austen's characters' sentiments and actions to Austen herself, again without support for her suppositions and imaginings. And Byrne is not scrupulous about indicating the speculative nature of her conclusions. Such practices undermine the credibility of the entire work. Don't waste your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago