Becoming Jane Austen by Jon SpenceBecoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence

Becoming Jane Austen

byJon Spence

Paperback | May 5, 2007

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Jon Spence's fascinating biography of Jane Austen paints an intimate portrait of the much-loved novelist. Spence's meticulous research has, perhaps most notably, uncovered evidence that Austen and the charming young Irishman Tom Lefroy fell in love at the age of twenty and that the relationship inspired Pride and Prejudice, one of the most celebrated works of fiction ever written. Becoming Jane Austen gives the fullest account we have of the romance, which was more serious and more enduring than previously believed. Seeing this love story in the context of Jane Austen's whole life enables us to appreciate the profound effect the relationship had on her art and on subsequent choices that she made in her life.

Full of insight and with an attentive eye for detail, Spence explores Jane Austen's emotional attachments and the personal influences that shaped her as a novelist. His elegant narrative provides a point of entry into Jane Austen's world as she herself perceived and experienced it. It is a world familiar to us from her novels, but in Becoming Jane Austen, Austen herself is the heroine.
Title:Becoming Jane AustenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 7.75 × 5.25 × 0.65 inPublished:May 5, 2007Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1847250467

ISBN - 13:9781847250469

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Tediously detailed, which others may appreciate This was my first foray into the life and times of Jane Austen. Although I was familiar with some of the key points, sadly only introduced to me by the movie, I felt it was time to read some of the facts that Hollywood had transformed into a movie. Perhaps because I have been subsisting upon a diet almost solely consisting of fiction, I found this book a challenge to complete. It was full of many tedious details about Jane Austen, and those who had a significant impact on her life and her writing. The greatest challenge was keeping all of the names straight, this was helped by the presence of two family trees; however given the level of detail, I would have preferred hyperlinks. I must admit that I am not likely the perfect candidate to read this book as I have not yet read any of Austen’s original works. I thought that reading this book would provide me with suitable background information, so that I could get more out of the experience. I suspect, though, that I may have taken completely the wrong approach. I am optimistic that my opinion of this book will change once I have read her work, and have done more research into her life. That said, I can assure you that I will be drawing upon it as a reference through this process.
Date published: 2008-09-15

Table of Contents

1 Legacies
2 Home
3 Scenes
4 The Good Apprentice
5 History
6 Love and Art
7 Place
8 Ways of Escape
9 Money
10 Work
11 The World
12 The Body

Editorial Reviews

'It is the small incidents that Jon Spence puts under the microscope in his entertaining and sensitive biography.' ¿ 'Jon Spence is painstaking, delicate, full of insight - a somehow fitting, friendly biographer.' ¿ ~ Joceline Bury, Jane Austen's Regency World Magazine