Search Results: "Jane Austen"


BOOK REVIEW

JANE AUSTEN by Deirdre Le Faye
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"This is likely to be dry work for readers unfamiliar with the novels, but even if diverting anecdotes are rare, the volume is concise, serviceable, and authoritative. (further reading, chronology, index) (Biography. 12+)"
This entry in the British Library Writers' Lives series begins with an admission that a paucity of documentary evidence puts Austen "a bit beyond camera range." Read full book review >

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JANE AUSTEN by Catherine Reef
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 18, 2011

"Perhaps this work will lead readers to Jane Austen and imaginatively apply the facts of the author's life to the novels—or vice-versa. (afterword, family trees, notes, selected bibliography, index) (Biography. 12 & up)"
It is either daring or foolish—or both—to use the subtitle, "A Life Revealed," when the biographer states that little is known about the biographee. Read full book review >

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JANE AUSTEN by Claire Tomalin
Released: Nov. 17, 1997

"Recommended for those seeking a brief introduction to Austen's life, times, and work; those wishing to burrow deep into the author's consciousness will want to consult Nokes. (16 pages photos, not seen)"
The second major Austen biography of the season expertly places the great novelist in her historical moment, without attempting to fully plumb her psyche. Read full book review >

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JANE AUSTEN by David Nokes
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Nokes's portrait of a less-than-perfect Austen, then, while it offers new insights and a wealth of detail, employs too much imagination and takes too narrow a perspective to finally satisfy. (b&w illustrations, not seen)"
While this much-needed revisionist biography sheds new light on the great novelist, it too often obscures the facts of her life behind webs of speculation about what she and her intimates might have thought or felt. Read full book review >

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JANE AUSTEN'S THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND by Jane Austen
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 22, 1993

"Still, Mandelbaum's collection has a certain novelty interest and, for manic completists, it no doubt will prove a must."
It's a truism that writers, like musicians, must practice their scales before they take flight. Read full book review >

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JANE AUSTEN by Valerie Grosvenor Myer
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"While those made curious by the large (and small) screen versions of Austen's works could do worse, true Austen fanatics will not be satisfied. (16 pages of b&w photos, not seen)"
This gossipy sketch by a poet and critic accurately outlines the life of the beloved novelist, without however fully sounding the depths of her character. Read full book review >

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THE REAL JANE AUSTEN by Paula Byrne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"Her exquisite novels remain the major source of fascination with Jane Austen."
For Austen obsessives, this latest study offers a few flashes of revelation amid long stretches of minutiae. Read full book review >

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JANE AUSTEN IN BOCA by Paula Marantz Cohen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"A silly trifle but clever and fun."
The title says it all. Cohen, a humanities professor and author of several books of scholarly nonfiction, offers a kosher teacake of a first novel loosely fashioned after Pride and Prejudice and elucidating the social mores of genteel Jewish retirees in Boca Raton. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2006

"Cohen plods along the Austen road map, but the characters lack wit; they're more often pathetic or mean than funny."
Cohen, whose contemporary version of Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen in Boca, 2002) was a delight, now tackles Persuasion in this strained romance about a high-school guidance counselor and the man she reluctantly threw over 13 years before. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 1994

"The very kind of pedantry that elicited Austen's most stinging satire, reproducing the whole petty and suffocating social network her fiction indicts."
Instead of the promised revelations from hitherto censored materials offering a more ``vibrant'' Jane Austen, Tucker assembles a reference guide to Austen's life, a genealogy of her relatives, friends, some people she never met at all, and gossip long since refuted. Read full book review >

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JANE AUSTEN AT HOME by Lucy Worsley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"A charming, well-researched journey to 'Austen-land.'"
A fresh, spirited look at the beloved author by a self-proclaimed "Janeite." Read full book review >