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This is an auction for JANE AUSTEN: A LIFE, by Claire Tomalin.

"Despite only a few surviving personal papers and letters, no autobiographical notes, and no diaries written by Jane Austen, attempts to piece together the life and personality of the author abound. An experienced biographer, Tomalin makes do by focusing more on the Austen family, acquaintances, and friends than on Austen herself, forthrightly acknowledging, "It is only because of her writing that we think them worth remembering; and yet she is at almost every point harder to summon up than any of them...she is as elusive as a cloud in the night sky." Tomalin presents an engaging story of the life and times of the Austen family, offering a freshness in its attention to, and compassion regarding, the child-rearing practices of the Austens, the physical demands on child-bearing women, and to the portrayal of Austen's will, determination, and energy in her final days. Recommended."
- Library Journal (US)

Amazon.com review:

"The author of Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and other comedies of manners gets a biography similar in tone to her own books: intelligent but not intellectual, witty without being nasty. Claire Tomalin, author of four previous biographies of notable British women, treats Jane Austen (1775-1817) with the respect her genius deserves. Tomalin eschews gossip and speculation in favor of a sober account of the writer's life that nonetheless sparkles with sly humor. Perceptive analyses of each of Austen's novels, with autobiographical links suggested but never insisted upon, add to the value of Jane Austen: A Life."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Penguin paperback 1998.

358 pages + 32 pages of illustrations.

Good condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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