The Real Jane Austen: A Life In Small Things by Paula ByrneThe Real Jane Austen: A Life In Small Things by Paula Byrne

The Real Jane Austen: A Life In Small Things

byPaula Byrne

Paperback | January 7, 2014

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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.

Paula Byrne is the author of the acclaimed biographiesMad World: Evelyn WaughandThe Secrets of BridesheadandThe Real Jane Austen. She lives in Oxford with her husband, Jonathan Bate.
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Title:The Real Jane Austen: A Life In Small ThingsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.93 inPublished:January 7, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061999105

ISBN - 13:9780061999109

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“Magnificent…explodes the old view of Jane Austen. Byrne’s research is wide, deep and meticulous…a more vivid and memorable Jane Austen emerges than a relentlessly ‘straight’ old-fashioned narrative could deliver.”