Jane Austen: Her Heart Did Whisper by Manuela SantoniJane Austen: Her Heart Did Whisper by Manuela Santoni

Jane Austen: Her Heart Did Whisper

byManuela SantoniIllustratorManuela Santoni

Paperback | October 1, 2018

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In a time of formal dances, courtyard courtships, and strict ideas about a woman''s role in the world, Jane Austen looked at the England around her and created unforgettable art. Before she was the beloved author of Pride and Prejudice and other classic novels, Jane Austen was a young woman wrestling with society''s expectations and challenges of the heart. Her own story involves choices that changed literary history-and perhaps even the choice to walk away from love. This graphic imagining of Jane Austen''s youth includes her creative awakening and her much-speculated-upon encounters with Tom Lefroy, a brash law student. Jane Austen: Her Heart Did Whisper is a vision of the thrills and pains of young romance, the bonds of sisterhood, and the decisions that make a person who she is.

Manuela Santoni is an illustrator and a cartoonist from Rome, Italy. Passionate about graphic novels and comics, Santoni works as a freelancer, creates books for children, and publishes her online comic Nowhere Fast at Verticomics.Manuela Santoni is an illustrator and a cartoonist from Rome, Italy. Passionate about graphic novels and c...
Title:Jane Austen: Her Heart Did WhisperFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:96 pages, 10 X 7 X 0.27 inShipping dimensions:96 pages, 10 X 7 X 0.27 inPublished:October 1, 2018Publisher:Lerner Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1541526430

ISBN - 13:9781541526433

Appropriate for ages: 12

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"Writing as a middle-aged Jane Austen to her sister Cassandra, Italian author-illustrator Santoni fictionalizes the beloved author''s life, especially her oft-speculated relationship with Tom LeFroy. Jane discovers her love of reading in her father''s library, and as she grows older, she creates her own stories. Sparks fly when Tom ignores Jane during one of her recitals, but her resentment blossoms into friendship, and then romance, as they share long conversations. Knowing Austen never married, readers will turn pages, wondering why the liaison ended. Santoni illustrates with loose black ink and washes, invoking a nostalgic whimsy as Jane reflects on her past. The free-flowing style also juxtaposes strict Regency expectations, mimicking Jane''s willingness to defy societal norms. Many panels only depict the bottom half of a character''s face-be it Jane''s scornful mother, tongue wagging, or the author herself as she reads her prose-appropriately highlighting the weight of words, both written and spoken. A brief biography clarifies fact from fiction, citing Austen''s burned letters as Santoni''s primary inspiration. An engaging, creative addition to Austen''s many biographies."-Booklist