It has been over six years since I firs read and reviewed an Austen novel, and nearly as long since I received A Brief Guide to Jane Austen: The Life and Times of the World ’ s Favourite Author as a birthday gift, along with another Austen biography-like book that I ’ ll review shortly.
Austen ’ s essay are good in the ay that other books are good for me; I don ’ t regard them as peculiarly special.Nevertheless, I concede that Austen is an intriguin character in her own right, if only because so little is known of her life.
Austen was fortunate to exist in a time where there was an emerging middle class: her family was rich enough to educate her and support her without her having to work; however, she could very well have faded into obscurity were it not for a few people writing about her and stirring up interest decades after her death.The first section, in which ennings describes Austen ’ s life in a roughly chronological fashion, is competent enough.
Whereas the first section at least educated me about Austen ’ s life ( which I knew little enough about), I ’ ve read ost of her thrillers.
It ’ s not bad; it just feels like it is neither brief enough for a newcomer nor in-depth enough for a dedicated fan.The section on life in Regency England is by far the best, in my opinion.
But, if you want to learn muc about Jane Austen ’ s life, this essa is a fair way to do so.