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Jane Austen: Her Life, Her Times, Her Novels [Hardcover]

Janet Todd
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15 Aug 2013
Over the last 200 years, the novels of Jane Austen have been loved and celebrated across a diverse international readership. As a result, there is a bottomless appetite for detail about the woman behind the writing. Jane Austen traces her life and times; her relationships with family and friends; the attitudes and customs of the time that shaped her and were in turn shaped by her work; and the places where she lived, worked and set her novels, from rural Hampshire to fashionable Bath Spa. Chapters on each of her novels run throughout the book and place them in the context of her life. For such a renowned novelist, there is remarkably little direct material available, but this volume draws on archives for a truly insightful view.

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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Andre Deutsch Ltd; Nov edition (15 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0233003703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0233003702
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 25 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Removable memorabilia... help readers trace the life, relationships and works of this much-loved author --BBC History magazine

About the Author

Janet Todd is an authority on literature and culture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She is emiritus Professor of English Literature at Aberdeen University and the President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. She is the author of many books on women in literature. Her books include Mary Wollstonecraft: A Revolutionary Life and Jane Austen in Context.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book - ideal for any coffee table! 19 Nov 2013
I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of Jane Austen: Her Life, Her Times, Her Novels by Janet Todd. When I opened the package I was astonished as the book is absolutely beautiful in itself before you even open it and it simply cries out to be a "coffee table book".

The book describes the life and work of Jane Austen in detail, illustrated beautifully by art from the period, photographs, extracts of her writing and also in three envelopes within the book there are removable items of interest including copies of letters Jane Austen wrote, and early drafts of some of her novels.
This is a book to dip in and out of and savour at leisure, it would appeal to anyone who likes Jane Austen's novels or English literature or history in general, and is a treat to own and read.

Highly recommended as a gift idea for any Austen fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great history 14 May 2014
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Lovely book, good quality, lots of interesting information, takes me back in time to a better place, she's a really interesting woman, and I enjoyed reading all about her life. Love the cover design too, purple is my fave colour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wunderbah... 31 Mar 2014
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An exceptional and unique biography of this truly great authoress, a treasure of English writing.
So fitting as it is 'her' year.
One small comment - it is a non-standard size and does not fit neatly with other books.
That said it is superb.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting approach ... 23 Feb 2014
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Not what I expected from Janet Todd - thought it would be more erudite/literary BUT it is very informative and great fun working through all the attachments/inserts. An Austen fan would not be disappointed.
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