The Real Jane Austen
A Life in Small ThingsBook - 2013
Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the original publication of Pride and Prejudice, this revealing portrait of the beloved novelist, drawn from the most up-to-date scholarship and unexplored sources, presents a modern take on this artist and the world that shaped her. 35,000 first printing.
In The Real Jane Austen, acclaimed literary biographer Paula Byrne provides the most intimate and revealing portrait yet of a beloved but complex novelist.
Just as letters and tokens in Jane Austen’s novels often signal key turning points in the narrative, Byrne explores the small things – a scrap of paper, a gold chain, an ivory miniature – that held significance in Austen’s personal and creative life.
Byrne transports us to different worlds, from the East Indies to revolutionary Paris, and to different events, from a high society scandal to a case of petty shoplifting. In this ground-breaking biography, Austen is set on a wider stage than ever before, revealing a well-traveled and politically aware writer – important aspects of her artistic development that have long been overlooked.
The Real Jane Austen is a fresh, compelling, and surprising biography of the author of some of our most enduring classic books – from Pride and Prejudice to Sense and Sensibility, Emma to Persuasion – and a vivid evocation of the world that shaped her.
"This new biography explores the forces that shaped the interior life of one of the most beloved novelists in the English language....each chapter begins by evoking an object that conjures up a key moment or theme in Austen's life and work.... The woman who emerges is far tougher, more socially and politically aware, and altogether more modern that the conventional picture.... The book looks closely, too, at the biographical influences on her work, as well as her boundless wit and energy...."--Dust jacket.
A revealing portrait of the beloved novelist, drawn from the most up-to-date scholarship and unexplored sources, presents a modern take on the woman and the world that shaped her.