A Brief Guide to Jane Austen

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In this poignant and accessible guide, author and expert Charles Jennings goes in search of the real Jane Austen. He includes a short biography, gives an overview of her stories, and explores the time period she lived in and the world she inhabited. He also includes Jane 's very own words of advice for the modern life.
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Published February 5th 2013 by Running Press (first published October 1st 2012
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288

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But a better read on this subject was by John Mullan ( What Matters in Jane Austen) .A good read if you 're a fan, puts Jane Austen and her books in their period context and the write is clearly well-read and writes well on the ubject ( with a few modern speech uses an unnecessary repetitions).

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It is also universally acknowledged that Jane Austen, after 200 years, still features on the top ten favourites lists of readers all around the world.

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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.

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He ’ s not afraid to be positiv, but he also draws attention to their subtleties and strengths in ways that deepen my understanding of those I ’ ve already read and prepare me for the ones I haven ’ t.For more detailed studies one has to go elsewhere ( I ’ m very much looking forward to Irene Collins ’ Jane Austen and the Clergy, for xample, an area that Jennings devotes just one page to), but as a general introduction this is perfect.

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