Tomalin, Claire Jane Austen: A Life

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Jane Austen: A Life

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The great novels of Jane Austen picture a world of civility and reassuring stability. Was this the world she lived in? Not quite, as this fascinating biography shows.The family into which the writer was born were meritocrats struggling in the competitive society of George 3rd. From local archives Claire Tomalin has also reconstructed the lives of her Hampshire neighbours. And there are many surprises too about the writer who deemed herself to be "formidable". A bestseller in hardcover, this was widely acclaimed as the definitive biography of Jane Austen. "An authoritative, graceful, succinct account...which brilliantly illuminates the elusive Jane" Victoria Glendinning "A perfect biography: detailed, witty, warm" Dirk Bogarde

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The novels of Jane Austen depict a world of civility, reassuring stability and continuity, which generations of readers have supposed was the world she herself inhabited. Claire Tomalin's biography paints a surprisingly different picture of the Austen family and their Hampshire neighbours, and of Jane's progress through a difficult childhood, an unhappy love affair, her experiences as a poor relation and her decision to reject a marriage that would solve all her problems - except that of continuing as a writer. Both the woman and the novels are radically reassessed in this biography.

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Claire Tomalin was literary editor of the NEW STATESMAN and SUNDAY TIMES. Her two previous books (both in Penguin) were the highly acclaimed and award-winning THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (about Dickens' mistress) and MRS JORDAN'S PROFESSION.
She is married to Michael Frayn and lives in Camden Town, north London.

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