The Real Jane Austen

The Real Jane Austen

A Life in Small Things

Streaming Audiobook - 2013
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The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things offers a startlingly original look at the revered writer through a variety of key moments, scenes, and objects in her life and work. Going beyond previous traditional biographies which have traced Austen's daily life from Steventon to Bath to Chawton to Winchester, Paula Byrne's portrait-organized thematically and drawn from the most up-to-date scholarship and unexplored sources-explores the lives of Austen's extended family, friends, and acquaintances. Through their absorbing stories, we view Austen on a much wider stage and discover unexpected aspects of her life and character. Byrne transports us to different worlds-the East Indies and revolutionary Paris-and different events-from a high society scandal to a petty case of shoplifting, She follows Austen on her extensive travels, setting her in contexts both global and English, urban and rural, political and historical, social and domestic-wider perspectives of vital and still under-estimated importance to her creative life.Literary scholarship has revealed that letters and tokens in Austen's novel's often signal key turning points in the unfolding narrative. This groundbreaking biography explores Jane's own story following the same principle. As Byrne reveals, small things in the writer's world-a scrap of paper, a simple gold chain, an ivory miniature, a bathing machine-hold significance in her emotional and artistic development. The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things introduces us to a woman deeply immersed in the world around her, yet far ahead of her time in her independence and ambition; to an author who was an astute commentator on human nature and the foibles of her own age. Rich and compelling, it is a fresh, insightful, and often surprising portrait of an artist and a vivid evocation of the complex world that shaped her.
Publisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062263360
0062263366
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: streaming audio file (1 audio file (13hr., 31 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Reading, Kate
hoopla digital
Uniform Title: Life in small things

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Sep 16, 2015

Certainly detailed. The part I found most interesting began about chapter 9 with the info of the close proximity with the Mansfield family. In particular, the influence of slavery & knowing the adopted daughter Dido (Belle). Must confess I fell asleep before the ending. I know Jane is buried in Winchester Cathedral, having gone to see the stone on the floor.

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