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Who was the person behind Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and the other unforgettable novels whose characters faced the challenges in the world of country gentry in Regency England? Austen comes alive in this perceptive biography portraying the writer to be a human being with her own interests, hopes and foibles.


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Who was the person behind Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and the other unforgettable novels whose characters faced the challenges in the world of country gentry in Regency England? Austen comes alive in this perceptive biography portraying the writer to be a human being with her own interests, hopes and foibles.

30 review for Jane Austen: A Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    This was much better than I expected it to be. It’s written with a feel of Jane Austen. Almost like she wrote her own biography. Nice!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

    Jenkins's approach to Jane Austen and her life is done much in the style of Jane Austen herself (or classical writing, whichever you choose). This book is great in that the writing is descriptive and engaging and provides the readers with wonderfully full accounts of all of Austen's works that one feels they have reread her stories and fallen in love with them all over again. That being said, this is also a very, very biased account of Jane Austen and her work. Jenkins decided to express her opi Jenkins's approach to Jane Austen and her life is done much in the style of Jane Austen herself (or classical writing, whichever you choose). This book is great in that the writing is descriptive and engaging and provides the readers with wonderfully full accounts of all of Austen's works that one feels they have reread her stories and fallen in love with them all over again. That being said, this is also a very, very biased account of Jane Austen and her work. Jenkins decided to express her opinion very passionately about the genius that is Jane and her works, while, ironically, expressing her lack of bias during textual interpretations and others discussing JA controversy because Jenkins uses logic and fact... Overall, I enjoyed this book and pairing it with Halperin's account gives one a very interesting thought -base from which to consider Austen and her works.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marvel

    I liked this biography of a favorite author of mine. She wan't only a great writer - but she was just a really good human being! Interesting family life. I liked this biography of a favorite author of mine. She wan't only a great writer - but she was just a really good human being! Interesting family life.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kelly M

    Nothing special about it but it is a quick read and interesting if you like Jane Austen. Its failing is that it maintains that British reserve towards its subject so that even though the author uses Austen's and family members' own letters as source material, you still don't feel like you are getting to know the famous novelist too intimately. Nothing special about it but it is a quick read and interesting if you like Jane Austen. Its failing is that it maintains that British reserve towards its subject so that even though the author uses Austen's and family members' own letters as source material, you still don't feel like you are getting to know the famous novelist too intimately.

  5. 5 out of 5

    G Léger

    Very simple and brief biography. A few inaccuracies that this non-expert Austen lover noticed. The audio version has lovely period music in between sections, which makes it sound like the audio track for a PBS documentary. Not that that's bad--but it IS an indication of what to expect. Very simple and brief biography. A few inaccuracies that this non-expert Austen lover noticed. The audio version has lovely period music in between sections, which makes it sound like the audio track for a PBS documentary. Not that that's bad--but it IS an indication of what to expect.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    An informative, if not riveting, biographical sketch of the well-known author. I was particularly interested in Austen's cousin, the Comtesse de Feuillide (the way she inspired Austen's writings and her husband's end during the French Revolution), Austen's relationships with her siblings and nieces, and in the history that went behind each novel she wrote. This is a helpful companion to Austen's work that offers a history and personality to the woman behind the pen. An informative, if not riveting, biographical sketch of the well-known author. I was particularly interested in Austen's cousin, the Comtesse de Feuillide (the way she inspired Austen's writings and her husband's end during the French Revolution), Austen's relationships with her siblings and nieces, and in the history that went behind each novel she wrote. This is a helpful companion to Austen's work that offers a history and personality to the woman behind the pen.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marie (UK)

    Jane Austen is one of my all time favourite authors. Her persistence to be published and her to authors coming later means that we have her and other female authors of the time to thank for opening this world to us. That said this biography is a very dry read, doesn't really highlight Austen's attributes and wouldn't light anybody's fire Jane Austen is one of my all time favourite authors. Her persistence to be published and her to authors coming later means that we have her and other female authors of the time to thank for opening this world to us. That said this biography is a very dry read, doesn't really highlight Austen's attributes and wouldn't light anybody's fire

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Bodaly

    Pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. Written in an engaging manner, this tells the story of her life from her childhood to her deathbed , articulating her successes and failures as an author . This narrative, explaining the events of her life , showcases many of the circumstances of her personal life that Austen included in her books.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    For a short biography this spoke a lot more of her family; brothers, nieces, nephews than it did about Jane herself would have liked more information about her and her life.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pushpa

    Delightful Audiobook with musical interludes and excellent reader. Contained many excerpts from Austen's letters which could have been found in one of her novels, so similar in tone and content! Delightful Audiobook with musical interludes and excellent reader. Contained many excerpts from Austen's letters which could have been found in one of her novels, so similar in tone and content!

  11. 5 out of 5

    sarah

    I just think she's neat <3 I just think she's neat <3

  12. 5 out of 5

    Franziska Self Fisken

    Well written and very meticulous. A lot was very familiar because biographists cover the same ground.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Good basic biography. Short & sweet.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Margie

    Not super in-depth but told in an Austen-like style. The audio version is ridiculously calming.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    I'm not sure this is the version I read. It was part of an audiobook collection of Austen's works, so this may be a different edition. Anyway, it was short, and gave some interesting insight into Austen as an author. She's pretty awesome. Not that she had an extraordinary life or anything, but she just seems like a pleasant person, and you've got to love her wit. I find it very sad that neither she nor her sister married, since they were both nice and pretty. I'm very grateful that we're past th I'm not sure this is the version I read. It was part of an audiobook collection of Austen's works, so this may be a different edition. Anyway, it was short, and gave some interesting insight into Austen as an author. She's pretty awesome. Not that she had an extraordinary life or anything, but she just seems like a pleasant person, and you've got to love her wit. I find it very sad that neither she nor her sister married, since they were both nice and pretty. I'm very grateful that we're past the "old maid at 25" attitude. I admire her lack of bitterness on the subject (I think I would have had a problem with it). And of course, if she had married, she may not have had the time or inclination for her writing that she did as an old maid.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lynne

    I found this in a library sale and read it this summer. Refreshingly lucid and able to convey the writer as a person, her mind, experience, family, and values, without adding a lot of lurid speculation. Biography seems to have been saner back in 1938.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    I was expecting more about Jane and less about her siblings and cousins. It was *okay* but not the captivating tale about the author that I had hoped it would be. It was interesting from a historical/period perspective. I've rounded my 2.5 rating down to a 2. I was expecting more about Jane and less about her siblings and cousins. It was *okay* but not the captivating tale about the author that I had hoped it would be. It was interesting from a historical/period perspective. I've rounded my 2.5 rating down to a 2.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Houlihan

    So dull that even I, who read Austen sequels by the tumbrel, proving I am rapacious and without taste, had no interest in it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tabatha

    This was a very simple biography of Jane Austen.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kodiaksm

    My first audio book from the library for my new I Touch

  21. 4 out of 5

    Chiuho

    It was very nice to know more about Jane Austen. I enjoyed listening to it. It offered a window see Ms. Austen's life, though it's not as intimate as I would like, but it was great. It was very nice to know more about Jane Austen. I enjoyed listening to it. It offered a window see Ms. Austen's life, though it's not as intimate as I would like, but it was great.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

    Pretty well done audio book - short and conside bio on Miss Austen.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Erin Begel

    *actually, did the audiobook.

  24. 4 out of 5

    abbie

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tony

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Mikhail

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Oldham

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Hessel

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jill

  30. 5 out of 5

    Yuyin Wang

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