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Who was the real Jane Austen? Overturning the traditional portrait of the author as conventional and genteel, bestseller Paula Byrne's landmark biography reveals the real woman behind the books. In this paperback of the landmark biography, best-selling biographer Paula Byrne uses objects that conjure up a key moment in Austen's life and work - a silhouette, a vellum notebook, a topaz cross, a writing box, a royalty cheque, a bathing machine, and many more - to unlock the biography of this most beloved author. The woman who emerges is far tougher, more socially and politically aware, and altogether more modern than the conventional picture of 'dear aunt Jane' allows. Byrne's lively book explores the many forces that shaped Austen's life, her long struggle to become a published author, and brings Miss Austen dazzlingly into the twenty-first century.
'The perfect companion to the novels ... Tremendous' - Joanna Trollope, Sunday Telegraph
'Byrne's essays add up to a fine appraisal of the novelist's environment, truly Austenish in the way they burrow into a sequestered and often secretive private world' - Observer
Publication date: 16/01/2014
Publisher: William Collins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 17/01/2013
Publisher: HarperPress an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||16th January 2014|
|Publisher:||William Collins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Biography: literary, Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers,|
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.More About Paula Byrne