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Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World by [Harman, Claire]
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“An informed and elegant chronicle of the rise of ‘Divine Jane.’” —NPR’s" Fresh Air"

“Harman presents the story of Austen’s self-fashioning and later popularity in a convincing, enjoyable way. She describes Austen’s reputation from her own lifetime to the current era of Jane Austen, Inc., synthesizing a good deal of scholarship into a series of tidy chapters offering an accessible guide to the evolution of her subject’s renown.” —"The New York Times Book Review"

“Harman’s Austen is neither sweet nor retiring, but a fire poker—a metaphor evoked by her bearing and manner, according to a contemporary visiting her household. Think tall, strong, and ‘formidable,’ not small and sweet.” —Elizabeth Toohey, "The Christian Science Monitor"“There is much to divert and please in Claire Harman’s well-blended biography and cultural commentary. . . . Harman, an awa

"An informed and elegant chronicle of the rise of 'Divine Jane.'" --NPR's" Fresh Air"

"Harman presents the story of Austen's self-fashioning and later popularity in a convincing, enjoyable way. She describes Austen's reputation from her own lifetime to the current era of Jane Austen, Inc., synthesizing a good deal of scholarship into a series of tidy chapters offering an accessible guide to the evolution of her subject's renown." --"The New York Times Book Review"

"Harman's Austen is neither sweet nor retiring, but a fire poker--a metaphor evoked by her bearing and manner, according to a contemporary visiting her household. Think tall, strong, and 'formidable, ' not small and sweet." --Elizabeth Toohey, "The Christian Science Monitor""There is much to divert and please in Claire Harman's well-blended biography and cultural commentary. . . . Harman, an award-winning biographer, turns her sharp scholarly eye, acutely sensible prose and considerable wit on the life of the 'divine Jane' in this gem of a book, tracing Austen's early years and literary pursuits through to the present-day cult of Austenmania.... This biography-history fills in many blanks, brimming with entertaining anecdotes and quotes, robust scholarship and ironic humor." --Alison Hood, "BookPage" "Chock full of quotes, primary and secondary resources, and letters from every possible angle, "Jane's Fame" is a treat for any Janeite. I need not balk when I say that it truly is the most engaging biography of anyone I've ever read. Ever." --AustenProse.com
"A must for Austen bibliophiles." --"Kirkus Reviews
""[A] sharp and scholarly analysis of Jane Austen's life and the posthumous exploitation of her . . . . Harman herself delights with this comprehensive catalogue of Austen-mania." --"PW" (starred review)
"Harman conjures a blooming portrait of the brilliant, modest nineteenth-century author who wrote her masterpieces on small, easily concealed sheafs of paper in the busy family sitting room." --"Elle
""Anyone who thinks that an author shouldn't have a rest from time to time should read Claire Harman's Jane's Fame, about the evolution of Jane Austen's career from about 1802, when, at the age of 27, she sold her first manuscript (of Northanger Abbey, never published in her lifetime) for 10, to now. The common misconception about Austen, according to Harman, is that she was reclusive and indifferent to her own concerns, including the reception of her books, but Harman makes a convincing case that she was neither as indifferent nor as obscure as we have been led to believe." --Jane Smiley, "Globe and Mail
""Wonderful... Not only scholarly, but indecently entertaining.... Her prose rings with good sense, affection and humour." --"Daily Mail
""Rich, incisive." --"Sunday Times
""An exhilarating look at the rise of Divine Jane's worldwide influence. Harman charts its course with wit and style, as well as scholarly precision, making this a book that no Austen addict will want to resist." --"Literary Review
""Fascinating and sophisticated... a sparkling addition to the canon." --"Evening Standard
""Splendid... Harman is the first to treat this fascinating subject in an accessible, lively manner unshackled by academic jargon." --"Sunday Telegraph
""Deft, elegant... a happy blend of critical insight and narrative bounce." --Kathryn Hughes, "Guardian" (UK)
"Pleasingly unstuffy." --"Times
""Beautifully researched, fascinating." --"The Scotsman
""A fascinating compendium of absolutely everything relating to Austen.... Extraordinary." --"Independent on Sunday
""Harman unpicks the cultural and sexual fantasies at the heart of Jane fandom with great skill.... The material [she] has deftly put together makes two things strikingly apparent: no reading of Jane, however seemingly wayward, is a misreading; and Austen's major effect is to inspire good writing." --"Daily Telegraph
""Harman's narrative is brisk and incisive, and her emphases distinctive and provocative. She invites us to conceive of Austen both as a dedicated writer and also a 'hard-nosed' one...We never tire of reading or writing about Austen, and all the ever-ramifying epiphenomena she generates do deliver real pleasure. "Jane's Fame" both chronicles and exemplifies this tirelessness, and readers will take pleasure in it accordingly." --"Times Literary Supplement"

An informed and elegant chronicle of the rise of Divine Jane.' "NPR's Fresh Air"

Harman presents the story of Austen's self-fashioning and later popularity in a convincing, enjoyable way. She describes Austen's reputation from her own lifetime to the current era of Jane Austen, Inc., synthesizing a good deal of scholarship into a series of tidy chapters offering an accessible guide to the evolution of her subject's renown. "The New York Times Book Review"

Harman's Austen is neither sweet nor retiring, but a fire poker--a metaphor evoked by her bearing and manner, according to a contemporary visiting her household. Think tall, strong, and formidable, ' not small and sweet. "Elizabeth Toohey, The Christian Science Monitor"

There is much to divert and please in Claire Harman's well-blended biography and cultural commentary. . . . Harman, an award-winning biographer, turns her sharp scholarly eye, acutely sensible prose and considerable wit on the life of the divine Jane' in this gem of a book, tracing Austen's early years and literary pursuits through to the present-day cult of Austenmania.... This biography-history fills in many blanks, brimming with entertaining anecdotes and quotes, robust scholarship and ironic humor. "Alison Hood, BookPage"

Chock full of quotes, primary and secondary resources, and letters from every possible angle, "Jane's Fame" is a treat for any Janeite. I need not balk when I say that it truly is the most engaging biography of anyone I've ever read. Ever. "AustenProse.com"

A must for Austen bibliophiles. "Kirkus Reviews"

[A] sharp and scholarly analysis of Jane Austen's life and the posthumous exploitation of her . . . . Harman herself delights with this comprehensive catalogue of Austen-mania. "PW (starred review)"

Harman conjures a blooming portrait of the brilliant, modest nineteenth-century author who wrote her masterpieces on small, easily concealed sheafs of paper in the busy family sitting room. "Elle"

Anyone who thinks that an author shouldn't have a rest from time to time should read Claire Harman's Jane's Fame, about the evolution of Jane Austen's career from about 1802, when, at the age of 27, she sold her first manuscript (of Northanger Abbey, never published in her lifetime) for 10, to now. The common misconception about Austen, according to Harman, is that she was reclusive and indifferent to her own concerns, including the reception of her books, but Harman makes a convincing case that she was neither as indifferent nor as obscure as we have been led to believe. "Jane Smiley, Globe and Mail"

Wonderful Not only scholarly, but indecently entertaining.... Her prose rings with good sense, affection and humour. "Daily Mail"

Rich, incisive. "Sunday Times"

An exhilarating look at the rise of Divine Jane's worldwide influence. Harman charts its course with wit and style, as well as scholarly precision, making this a book that no Austen addict will want to resist. "Literary Review"

Fascinating and sophisticated... a sparkling addition to the canon. "Evening Standard"

Splendid Harman is the first to treat this fascinating subject in an accessible, lively manner unshackled by academic jargon. "Sunday Telegraph"

Deft, elegant a happy blend of critical insight and narrative bounce. "Kathryn Hughes, Guardian (UK)"

Pleasingly unstuffy. "Times"

Beautifully researched, fascinating. "The Scotsman"

A fascinating compendium of absolutely everything relating to Austen.... Extraordinary. "Independent on Sunday"

Harman unpicks the cultural and sexual fantasies at the heart of Jane fandom with great skill. The material [she] has deftly put together makes two things strikingly apparent: no reading of Jane, however seemingly wayward, is a misreading; and Austen's major effect is to inspire good writing. "Daily Telegraph"

Harman's narrative is brisk and incisive, and her emphases distinctive and provocative. She invites us to conceive of Austen both as a dedicated writer and also a hard-nosed' one We never tire of reading or writing about Austen, and all the ever-ramifying epiphenomena she generates do deliver real pleasure. "Jane's Fame" both chronicles and exemplifies this tirelessness, and readers will take pleasure in it accordingly. "Times Literary Supplement""

"An informed and elegant chronicle of the rise of 'Divine Jane.'" --NPR's Fresh Air

"Harman presents the story of Austen's self-fashioning and later popularity in a convincing, enjoyable way. She describes Austen's reputation from her own lifetime to the current era of Jane Austen, Inc., synthesizing a good deal of scholarship into a series of tidy chapters offering an accessible guide to the evolution of her subject's renown." --The New York Times Book Review

"Harman's Austen is neither sweet nor retiring, but a fire poker--a metaphor evoked by her bearing and manner, according to a contemporary visiting her household. Think tall, strong, and 'formidable, ' not small and sweet." --Elizabeth Toohey, The Christian Science Monitor

"There is much to divert and please in Claire Harman's well-blended biography and cultural commentary. . . . Harman, an award-winning biographer, turns her sharp scholarly eye, acutely sensible prose and considerable wit on the life of the 'divine Jane' in this gem of a book, tracing Austen's early years and literary pursuits through to the present-day cult of Austenmania.... This biography-history fills in many blanks, brimming with entertaining anecdotes and quotes, robust scholarship and ironic humor." --Alison Hood, BookPage

"Chock full of quotes, primary and secondary resources, and letters from every possible angle, Jane's Fame is a treat for any Janeite. I need not balk when I say that it truly is the most engaging biography of anyone I've ever read. Ever." --AustenProse.com

"A must for Austen bibliophiles." --Kirkus Reviews

"[A] sharp and scholarly analysis of Jane Austen's life and the posthumous exploitation of her . . . . Harman herself delights with this comprehensive catalogue of Austen-mania." --PW (starred review)

"Harman conjures a blooming portrait of the brilliant, modest nineteenth-century author who wrote her masterpieces on small, easily concealed sheafs of paper in the busy family sitting room." --Elle

"Anyone who thinks that an author shouldn't have a rest from time to time should read Claire Harman's Jane's Fame, about the evolution of Jane Austen's career from about 1802, when, at the age of 27, she sold her first manuscript (of Northanger Abbey, never published in her lifetime) for 10, to now. The common misconception about Austen, according to Harman, is that she was reclusive and indifferent to her own concerns, including the reception of her books, but Harman makes a convincing case that she was neither as indifferent nor as obscure as we have been led to believe." --Jane Smiley, Globe and Mail

"Wonderful... Not only scholarly, but indecently entertaining.... Her prose rings with good sense, affection and humour." --Daily Mail

"Rich, incisive." --Sunday Times

"An exhilarating look at the rise of Divine Jane's worldwide influence. Harman charts its course with wit and style, as well as scholarly precision, making this a book that no Austen addict will want to resist." --Literary Review

"Fascinating and sophisticated... a sparkling addition to the canon." --Evening Standard

"Splendid... Harman is the first to treat this fascinating subject in an accessible, lively manner unshackled by academic jargon." --Sunday Telegraph

"Deft, elegant... a happy blend of critical insight and narrative bounce." --Kathryn Hughes, Guardian (UK)

"Pleasingly unstuffy." --Times

"Beautifully researched, fascinating." --The Scotsman

"A fascinating compendium of absolutely everything relating to Austen.... Extraordinary." --Independent on Sunday

"Harman unpicks the cultural and sexual fantasies at the heart of Jane fandom with great skill.... The material [she] has deftly put together makes two things strikingly apparent: no reading of Jane, however seemingly wayward, is a misreading; and Austen's major effect is to inspire good writing." --Daily Telegraph

"Harman's narrative is brisk and incisive, and her emphases distinctive and provocative. She invites us to conceive of Austen both as a dedicated writer and also a 'hard-nosed' one...We never tire of reading or writing about Austen, and all the ever-ramifying epiphenomena she generates do deliver real pleasure. Jane's Fame both chronicles and exemplifies this tirelessness, and readers will take pleasure in it accordingly." --Times Literary Supplement

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[A] deft, elegant exploration of the cult of all thing Austen.

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  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (2 Nov. 2007)
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  • Language: English
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This is a witty & informative account of Jane Austen's reputation since her death in 1817. Although the recent TV & movie adaptations have made Austen one of the most famous authors in the world, her books were out of print for several years after her death. Her reputation was only revived with the publication of the first biography written by her nephew in the 1870s. That was when the cult of dear Aunt Jane, the refined, elegant spinster, began. Austen's reputation in the 20th century was enhanced by the scholarly editions of the novels published by R W Chapman which was the beginning of the academic critics' interest in her work. The explosion of popular interest which began with the BBC's Pride & Prejudice in 1995 has led to hundreds of websites, blogs, movies, sequels & prequels of the novels. Harman explores everything from chick lit & the internet to serious academic works in this exploration of how Jane Austen conquered the world.
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I first read Jane Austen's novels when I was teenager and it is only recently I have returned to them with renewed pleasure. This book charts the progress of Jane Austen's reputation from moderate sales of the first 4 novels published - `Sense and Sensibility', Pride and Prejudice', `Emma' and `Mansfield Park'. `Northanger Abbey' and `Persuasion' were both published after her death in 1817. Some appreciated her writing then including the Prince Regent to whom `Emma' was dedicated, others thought it ephemeral and of no importance. All of the books were remaindered at some point in their early lives.

It wasn't until the late nineteenth century that her reputation improved and her books were reprinted and sold well. It was at that point that the critics started to take notice of the six novels and they were divided into two opposing camps. Rudyard Kipling wrote a short story about Jane Austen's work being read in the trenches during World War I and providing common ground between all ranks. Winston Churchill took refuge from the stresses of World War II in the novels. Others hated the books and saw them as dealing with a society that no longer existed and concentrating mainly on people of the middle and lower orders.

This book discusses some of the many film and television adaptations both in the UK and in the USA starting with Geer Garson in a much altered version of `Pride and Prejudice'. It also touches briefly upon the many books which have been written in the last 50 years about Jane Austen and about her work and also about the many many sequels and prequels which have grown out of the novels themselves. Blogs and web sites are also mentioned.
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When the Archbishop of Dublin made this statement in a long article he wrote in 1821, just four years after the death of Jane Austen (1775 - 1816), he was recognizing the genius of a writer whose identity was unknown during her lifetime. Now, two hundred years later, with "Jane-mania" reaching epic proportions, Claire Harman writes a scholarly and readable analysis of the events over the past two centuries which have led to Jane Austen's increasing popularity, ultimately explaining "How Jane Austen Conquered the World."

Writing for the public was still a man's activity in the early 1800s, and Jane Austen spent most of her life writing privately, for family and friends. For twenty years, she wrote and, more importantly, rewrote her six famous novels, before Sense and Sensibility was finally published anonymously in 1811, when Jane was thirty-five. Pride and Prejudice followed in 1813, Mansfield Park in 1814, and Emma in 1815. Two more novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, were published posthumously, in 1817. Her books did not sell a large number of copies, though she was praised by the literati, including dramatist Richard Brinsley Sheridan and Sir Walter Scott, who, in 1815, wrote a four thousand-word praise of Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma.

After her death and public acknowledgment of her authorship, her work remained in print, and by 1840, Jane Austen was being compared to Shakespeare by Thomas Babington Macaulay. As the nineteenth century continued, Robert Southey, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, and others all praised her work. (Charlotte Bronte was a well-publicized dissenter.
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`What is all this about Jane Austen?'
`What is there in her? What is it all about?' (Letter from Joseph Conrad to H.G. Wells in 1901)

Jane Austen (16 December 1775 - 18 July 1817) is one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Her novels are amongst the best known in the English language, and have been adapted for film and television. Today, close to 200 years after her death, Jane Austen is more popular than ever. But why is this? During her lifetime she had little fame and her novels were not particularly popular. Sales were modest, and at least some unsold copies were discarded or pulped soon after her death.

Of course, for the many fans of Jane Austen, her current popularity is no surprise. It is, after all, clearly deserved. But those of us who are not totally part of the Jane Austen cult, it is interesting to learn more about the life, times and influences on Jane Austen, as well as the growth of the Austen industry. In this book, Claire Harman combines elements of classic biography with an analysis of the events that have influenced Jane Austen's posthumous popularity.

Picture Jane Austen: an unpublished author for almost 20 years. During this time she revised and updated her works, a process of continuous improvement which has rendered the published product almost timeless despite the period settings. She was undoubtedly ambitious, yet patient enough to negotiate with publishers.
Two significant events are identified as pivotal in Jane's posthumous popularity: the publication of James Edward Austen-Leigh's `A Memoir of Jane Austen' in 1870 and Colin Firth as Mr Darcy in a wet shirt in the BBC adaptation of `Pride and Prejudice' in 1995. These are two very different events, speaking to the sensibilities of two quite different eras separated by 125 years.

`What would Austen have made of all of this?' I imagine that she'd be delighted.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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