Jane Austen (Brief Lives)
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|Format:||Paperback / softback, 115 pages|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 22 September 2008|
Born in Hampshire in 1775, Jane Austen was one of seven children and began writing at an early age. In this new biography, leading scholar Fiona Stafford offers a fresh perspective on Austen's life and work, discussing such classics as "Pride and Prejudice", "Sense and Sensibility" and "Emma" in the context of the world in which they were published. This book gives an informative and enjoyable insight into the life of Austen as both a woman and a writer and will appeal to literature students and general readers alike.
About the Author
Fiona Stafford is a Fellow and Tutor in English at Somerville College, Oxford.
'One of the best overviews of the author and her work that you are likely to read.' - Jane Austen Society of Australia 'This beautifully produced book starts with a real advantage. Full-length biographies of Jane Austen, like those of Shakespeare, immediately face the problem of what do with the years in their subject's life for which there is scant (sometimes no) source material. Having solved this by imaginative re-creation, they confront the opposite problem: how to restrict literary analysis of the plays or the novels without reducing a masterpiece such as Hamlet or Emma to a reductive summary. Fiona Stafford's slim volume has no such difficulties: the major focus of this sympathetic study is Jane Austen's writing, which is used to provide the chronological frame for the life, and the treatment of the novels is profound enough to stir the reader into intellectual assent or argumentative disagreement.' -Times Literary Supplement '...short and sweet' - The Jane Austen Society 'This brief life by Fiona Stafford, with its rich insights and its mine of fascinating detail, is one of the best overviews of the author and her work that you are likely to read.' - JASA Chronicle
|Publisher: ||Hesperus Press Ltd|
|Dimensions: ||19.05 x 11.94 x 1.27 centimeters (0.16 kg)|