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Jane Austen at Home: A Biography Hardcover – 18 May 2017
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This is my kind of history: carefully researched but so vivid that you are convinced Lucy Worsley was actually there at the party - or the parsonage. (Antonia Fraser)
Jane Austen at Home offers a fascinating look at Jane Austen's world through the lens of the homes in which she lived and worked throughout her life. The result is a refreshingly unique perspective on Austen and her work and a beautifully nuanced exploration of gender, creativity, and domesticity. (Amanda Foreman)
A vivid portrait of Jane Austen. A must for any Austenite. (Red magazine)
Brilliant and very moving, this book is a fascinating and original exploration of Jane Austen with lots of new material - Worsley brings Austen to life superbly, through her pages she is a flesh and blood woman, intelligent, powerful, contradictory, loving, loved. A magnificent book. (Kate Williams)
Rarely, if ever, will you encounter a historian so in command of their material. Truly, this is a dazzling exercise in persuasion, written with sense and sensibility. (Saturday Express)
A deep, prolifically researched dive into the houses, vacation homes, and schools where the author spent her life. (Vogue magazine)
Worsley offers us much that Austen's admirers wish to know... [she] is entirely convincing. (New York Times)
An interesting portrait of Georgian and Regency material culture. There's much intriguing historical detail. (Literary Review)
A sprightly new take on Austen's life. (Mail on Sunday)
Historian Lucy Worsley visits Jane Austen at home, exploring the author's life through the places which meant the most to her.See all Product description
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Lucy Worsley adds a freshness to her biography of Jane which for me is believable and entertainingly substantiated by the records we have from her and others of her era. Thank you.
Rather than relying on the family's biographies of Jane and using the perspective of the times, she's meticulously researched through Jane's own body of work to breathe life into her character, her lifetime and lifestyle.
Using Jane's novels alongside the letters she wrote, predominantly to her sister Cassandra, we learn much that her family wanted to paper over and re-write; to hide her occasionally acerbic and sardonic tongue with it's pointed remarks and possibly their own failure to realise just how greatly talented she was. As the Victorian age came upon us there were other considerations too, and their views of "Aunt Jane" become clouded by the more straightlaced way of life.
So Lucy has delved deeply and with, what she does best, a focus on social history in the Georgian era, the changes in Jane's own circumstances after the death of her father, and her relationships both within and outside of her extensive family and network of friends we can see the real Jane; witty, talented, shy, quiet and reserved unless in the company of her sister, a meticulous rewriter, correcting and polishing her work until it's perfect.
The lives of her family and friends are captured from Jane's own hands as she prolifically writes letters to her beloved sister providing a detailed picture of the very essence of a spinster's life in the era. Her worries, her frustrations and her anguish at leaving her home in Steventon, her prospective husbands. The later necessity to be all things to her extended family; sometime nursery maid, housekeeper, entertainment, and revolving guest.