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The Real Jane Austen A Life in Small Things by Paula Byrne
  

The Real Jane Austen A Life in Small Things

Biography / Autobiography   Jane Austen Bicentenary   

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Published to coincide with the bicentenary of Pride and Prejudice, a new portrait of Jane Austen. Each chapter begins with a key object from Austen’s life and work and develops into an investigation that reveals a tougher more “modern” woman that challenges the established view of one of our favourite authors.

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Synopsis

The Real Jane Austen A Life in Small Things by Paula Byrne

In this new biography, best-selling author Paula Byrne (bestselling author of Perdita, Mad World) explores the forces that shaped the interior life of Britain's most beloved novelist: her father's religious faith, her mother's aristocratic pedigree, her eldest brother's adoption, her other brothers' naval and military experiences, her relatives in the East and West Indies, her cousin who lived through the trauma of the French Revolution, the family's amateur theatricals, the female novelists she admired, her residence in Bath, her love of the seaside, her travels around England and her long struggle to become a published author. Byrne uses a highly innovative technique whereby each chapter begins from an object that conjures up a key moment or theme in Austen's life and work-a silhouette, a vellum notebook, a topaz cross, a laptop writing box, a royalty cheque, a bathing machine, and many more. The woman who emerges in this biography is far tougher, more socially and politically aware, and altogether more modern than the conventional picture of 'dear Aunt Jane' would allow. Published to coincide with the bicentenary of Pride and Prejudice, this lively and scholarly biography brings Austen dazzlingly into the twenty-first century.

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From the reviews of Perdita: 'A fine biographer has conjured up a dazzling personality and brought her, laughing, back to life
Sunday Times

'Imagine Nicole Kidman, Monica Lewinsky, Susan Sontag and Madonna all rolled into one, then ask yourself, how is it that we've never heard of her? Utterly absorbing'
Vogue

About the Author

Paula Byrne was born in Birkenhead and has a PhD from the University of Liverpool, where she is a Research Fellow in English Literature. Her first book, Jane Austen and the Theatre, was shortlisted for the Theatre Book Prize. Her second book, Perdita, was a Richard and Judy bookclub pick and Mad World was a Sunday Times bestseller. She lives in Oxford with her two children and her husband, the critic and biographer Jonathan Bate who is Provost of Worcester College.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st January 2013

Author

Paula Byrne

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www.paulabyrne.com/

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Publisher

HarperPress an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Hardback
400 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
Jane Austen Bicentenary

Biography: literary
Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers

ISBN

9780007358328

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