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Jane Austen's World: The Life and Times of England's Best Loved Author [Hardcover]

Maggie Lane
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24 Oct 1996
This work provides a comprehensive historical and social examination of the period Jane Austen wrote in - a time when England was developing into a colonial power, while George III sank into madness and the Regency took hold. Elsewhere, the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars raged and the New World was finding its feet. Subjects covered include: the fashions, architecture, customs, traditions and pastimes of the era. Maggie Lane is the author of "Jane Austen and Food", "A Charming Place: Bath in the Life and Novels of Jane Austen", "Jane Austen's England", "Jane Austen's Family" and "The Jane Austen Quiz and Puzzle Book".

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd (24 Oct 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185868224X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858682242
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 23.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 808,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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beautifully illustrated volume ... All the delightful quirks and curious mannerisms of Georgian and Regency England come to life. --The Good Book Guide --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Maggie Lane is an active committee member of the Jane Austen Society. She has written several highly acclaimed books on the author, including Jane Austen and Food, A Charming Place, Bath in the Life and Novels of Jane Austen, Jane Austen's England, Jane Austen's Family and The Jane Austen Quiz and Puzzle Book. She lives in Bristol. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Total Austen immersion 7 Mar 2010
Author, and Jane Austen scholar Maggie Lane's lushly illustrated and thoroughly delightful volume on Jane Austen's life, times and works is one of my Austen favorites in my library.

I gravitate to this lovely volume on my shelf when I need a quick Austen escape. Its large coffee table format allows for lush color photographs and period illustrations on each page, and author Maggie Lane was cleverly arranged the keynotes into five chapters, representing important aspects of Austen's world; Who was Jane Austen? Daily Life in Jane Austen's England, Society and the Spirit of the Age, The Visual World, and The Immortal Jane Austen. This volume also includes a well written introduction, chronology, helpful index and author's acknowledgments. Here is an example of the first topic in chapter one...

Chapter One: Who is Jane Austen?

The Woman: We learn about Jane Austen's birth, family and home environment that nurtured her genius. Her physical appearance, character and personality are described and exemplified by Lane's thorough research, aptly including insightful quotes from her letters and family reflections.

"Her unusually quick sense of the ridiculous inclined her to play with the trifling commonplaces of everyday life, whether as regarded people or things; but she never played with its serious duties or responsibilities - when she was grave, she was very grave." Anna Austen Lefroy

Inevitably, comparisons of Austen's personality lead to the paring of her attitudes and personality with the characteristics of her own heroines.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL BOOK ON AUSTEN AND HER TIMES... 14 Oct 2004
Gorgeous and lavishly illustrated. Excellent information and beautifully put together.
Everything you could want to know about Austen, her life, her novels and general social life of the late 1700s early 1800s.
Includes the film versions, biographies, Austens letters and the towns and homes she lived in.
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to Austen's world 27 Nov 2012
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I found this an accessible, lively and comprehensive look at the background to Austen's novels. The illustrations support the text beautifully - it is an excellent book for dipping into a section at a time. It also functions as a reference guide to the era as it is arranged under headings like 'courtship' and 'music'. The references to the novels and to Austen's life are timely and informative - I like the occasional film and TV adaptation photos, too.
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Fantastic book, contains everything you might need to know about Jane Austen, her life, regency times & the films.
This lovely book will appeal to Jane Austen fans, students& anyone interested in the regency period.
Highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Austen world 14 Dec 2012
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Love this book as am a mad Austen fan. Contains detailed accounts of life at the time her books were set. Was in good condition for a used book.
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