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This is an auction for JANE AUSTEN: OBSTINATE HEART, by Valerie Grosvenor Myer.

"Historian Myer dispels the wholly sweet and kind image of Austen as presented in family memoirs by showing evidence of Austen's human frailties and speculating about others. Drawing from family papers and letters and accounts from friends and acquaintances, Myer provides details of not only how Austen looked physically but of her flirtations, dancing, frustrations, etc. Myer focuses primarily on members of the close-knit Austen family. In this context, Myer easily and naturally melds Austen's life and writings. Recommended."
- Library Journal (US)

Amazon.com review:

"With five films based on Austen novels recently released her books are finding a new audience. Thus Valerie Grosvenor Myer's biography proves most timely. Austen is best read in conjunction with its subject's novels, for so much of Jane's life went into her six books, although her heroines generally fared better than their creator. Myer does a fine job of relaying the details of its subject's life--her relationship with her family and friends, the indignities of her unfortunate financial circumstances, and her pleasure in the success of those novels she lived to see published. But more than that, Myer delves into the mores and manners of Austen's times--the importance placed on marriage, respectability, and financial security, all central to the author's novels. Most engaging is Myer's exploration of Jane Austen's prickly, imperfect personality, revealed through letters, diaries, and the recollections of her family."

Large format (trade) paperback 1997.

268 pages + illustrations.

Very good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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