Jane Austen

Jane Austen

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
Reveals Austen's private life and identity, including her family life, broken engagement, relationship with her sister Cassandra, and her writing process behind such novels as "Pride and Prejudice" and "Sense and Sensibility."

Blackwell North Amer
In her fictional biography, The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields created an astonishing portrait of Daisy Goodwill Flett, a modern woman struggling to understand her place in her own life. With the same sensitivity and artfulness that are the trade-marks of her award-winning novels, Shields here explores the life of a writer whose own novels have engaged and delighted readers for the past two hundred years.
In Jane Austen, Shields follows this superb and beloved novelist from her early family life in Steventon to her later years in Bath, her broken engagement, and her intense relationship with her sister Cassandra. She reveals both the very private woman and the acclaimed author behind the enduring classics Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma. With its fascinating insights into the writing process from an award-winning novelist, Carol Shields's magnificent biography of Jane Austen is also a compelling meditation on how great fiction is created.

& Taylor

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Stone Diaries focuses on the life and fiction of Jane Austen in a critical biography of the reclusive author of Pride and Prejudice and other great novels. 22,500 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2001
ISBN: 9780670894888
Characteristics: 185 p. ; 20 cm. : ill


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Aug 20, 2016

I am no Shields fan, but , she did a fabulous job on JA here....a concise read that covered everything one may wish to know about Jane Austen.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 31, 2014

Although Carol Shields considered herself an amateur Austen scholar, this sympathetic portrait belies this notion. Like Jane Austen, Shields had keen powers of observation, and she reveals in turn a daughter, a sister, an aunt and nanny to many nieces and nephews, and an author who, isolated from the rest of the literary world, produced six major novels before her death at forty-one. This biography is one of many in the excellent Penguin Lives series.

Mar 27, 2009

This is the 50th (wow!) of a series of titles selected by writer Yann Martel to provide to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, to encourage an appreciation of the arts and literature in particular in the PM, and to also help him with his stillness and thoughtfulness. Martel has regularly sent books from a wide range of literary traditions to Harper, and has devoted a Web site to the book list and his kind and considered covering letters with each volume.

Stephen Harper would benefit doubly from reading this book - it's an elegant profile of a thoughtful writer and observer of social behaviour, by a beloved Canadian author.

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