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Jane Austen: Her Life (edição: 1996)

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"The best biography Jane Austen has ever received."--Newsweek Park Honan's highly acclaimed Jane Austen: Her Life is the biography that Austen--and her readers--have long deserved. Readers have long cherished the brilliant, ironic novels of Jane Austen and critics have ranked them with the masterpieces of world literature, but surprisingly, there had been no major biography of the novelist in more than seventy years.   Drawing on a treasure of new material, Honan reveals an Austen surprising in her knowledge of the Napoleonic Wars (two of her brothers fought in the British Navy and rose to the rank of admiral) and surprising as well in her romantic entanglements--an engagement that lasted but a night, a bold flirtation that very nearly erupted into scandal. Above all, Honan sheds new light on Austen's social experience, giving new prominence to her large and fascinating family, and the Regency society in which she moved.   Readers of Jane Austen: Her Life will return to the novels not only with new understanding of the person who created them but with a vivid sense of the society from which they were drawn.   "A triumph . . . the only biography of Austen that she would have liked."--The Philadelphia Inquirer… (mais)
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Título:Jane Austen: Her Life
Autores:Park Honan (Autor)
Informação:St. Martin's Press (1996), 454 pages
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I read this quite a while ago; therefore, I cannot give an exhaustive review. From my memory I found the analysis of her life, times, and work to be thorough and insightful. For all those critics who think Jane Austen knew little of the world, this book is the antidote. While not at all sentimental it was obvious that Honan admired and delighted in his subject. I must admit that I cried at the end. I suppose it is not a spoiler to tell you the subject dies.

This it THE one book that an Austenite will want to read. Other accountings are fine, but this is so far the definitive analysis ( )
  lucybrown | Jul 22, 2011 |
Now that I know of her life and views, some of the more obscure references in her work are clearer. It’s always hard for me to get into the spirit of the age with no factual knowledge of it whatever. I never knew that she was so devoted to her family. Good thing too, it would have been odious to her to have to be kept by them if she despised them. I knew she began writing for her family’s amusement, but I never knew how dearly she valued their opinion of her work.

I think too, this biography helped me distinguish between Whig and Tory. I’ve always heard those terms but never knew the difference or the significance of them. I wonder how I could fit these tow into the adages relating governmental systems into cows and who owns them.

Now I know that she wasn’t predisposed against men, but it was the circumstances both daily and constant that kept her from marrying. She looked upon the whole thing as rather a silly indulgence. I don’t think she took this to be the fact for all women, just herself. It’s too bad the one man she could have possibly tolerated in marriage had to go and die. If he believed in her and supported her writing, he could have fought with the publishers for her. With his rights as a man, he could have got her work published more than her preoccupied relatives did.

Now I know where her sister duos were drawn from. It must have been the worst pain for Cassandra to lose Jane so early. And with her head in her lap, too. It’s strange how in these days of diluted emotions and social propriety, familial relations, especially among siblings, were so strong and outwardly affectionate. Sometimes it makes me wish for a sister.
  Bookmarque | Jun 11, 2009 |
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"The best biography Jane Austen has ever received."--Newsweek Park Honan's highly acclaimed Jane Austen: Her Life is the biography that Austen--and her readers--have long deserved. Readers have long cherished the brilliant, ironic novels of Jane Austen and critics have ranked them with the masterpieces of world literature, but surprisingly, there had been no major biography of the novelist in more than seventy years.   Drawing on a treasure of new material, Honan reveals an Austen surprising in her knowledge of the Napoleonic Wars (two of her brothers fought in the British Navy and rose to the rank of admiral) and surprising as well in her romantic entanglements--an engagement that lasted but a night, a bold flirtation that very nearly erupted into scandal. Above all, Honan sheds new light on Austen's social experience, giving new prominence to her large and fascinating family, and the Regency society in which she moved.   Readers of Jane Austen: Her Life will return to the novels not only with new understanding of the person who created them but with a vivid sense of the society from which they were drawn.   "A triumph . . . the only biography of Austen that she would have liked."--The Philadelphia Inquirer

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