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Jane Austen
Le Faye, Deirdre.
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Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
124 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm.
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Originally published: London : The British Library, 1998.
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PR4036 .L43 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Jane Austen is now one of the most popular novelists in the English language, and yet on the face of it one of the most unlikely candidates for such a title. Austen died at the age of 41 and left behind only six completed novels. Yet her works have never been out of print, and in this century,within the last three decades in particular, never a year passes without some fresh adaptation of her stories for stage, screen, or television. In this skillfully crafted biography, Deirdre Le Faye brings Austen's tantalizingly elusive image into a distinct and refreshing light.

Author Notes

Deirdre Le Faye, Author of Jane Austen: A Family Record.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 9-12. Although Le Faye notes that Austen's short, quiet, uneventful life was not well documented, she has still managed to put together an entertaining and readable biography, using the few primary sources available and leaning heavily on documented social history to flesh out the details. Le Faye, who edited a book of Austen's letters, maintains an appropriately Austen-like syntax throughout her text. Plentiful photos and sketches of family friends and estates Austen visited, in both black-and-white and color, help set the scene. The extensive and intriguing bibliography will guide readers to a variety of other resources--among them, family memoirs, social history, and two cookbooks. High-school students studying Austen's work will do well to begin with this engaging, well-researched, serious introduction. Part of the British Library Writer's Lives series. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)0195214404Debbie Carton