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Jane Austen, obstinate heart : a biography

Author: Valerie Grosvenor Myer
Publisher: New York : Arcade Publishing, [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Jane Austen's world-famous novels give readers a small glimpse into the author's real life, which was filled with as many ups and downs as those of Emma Woodhouse or Elizabeth Bennet. She too had to navigate her way through a stratified society, filled with rules and repressions that she strove to break. But Austen was even more fascinating than her fiery female protagonists. In Jane Austen: Obstinate Heart,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Jane Austen; Jane Austen
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Valerie Grosvenor Myer
ISBN: 9781611458138 1611458137
OCLC Number: 914265587
Description: 268 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. What was she like? --
2. Origins --
3. Siblings and society --
4. Upbringing --
5. Flirtations and scandals --
6. The marriage market --
7. Brothers and their wives --
8. The butterfly and the poker --
9. Dancing and shopping, 1796-1800 --
10. Exile, 1801 --
11. Bath, 1801 --
12. Lyme and Bath, 1804-5 --
13. Stoneleigh Abbey, 1806 --
14. Southampton, 1806-9 --
15. Visiting --
16. Grief at Godmersham, 1808 --
17. Regeneration --
18. Chawton, 1809 --
19. Publication, 1811-12 --
20. A bestseller, 1813 --
21. A brief peace, 1814 --
22. Royal favour, 1815-16 --
23. Shipwreck, bankruptcy and other disasters, 1816 --
24. Winchester, 1817.
Responsibility: by Valerie Grosvenor Myer.

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"Jane Austen's world-famous novels give readers a small glimpse into the author's real life, which was filled with as many ups and downs as those of Emma Woodhouse or Elizabeth Bennet. She too had to navigate her way through a stratified society, filled with rules and repressions that she strove to break. But Austen was even more fascinating than her fiery female protagonists. In Jane Austen: Obstinate Heart, Valerie Grosvenor Myer explores the writer's life with detail that will make her books even more enjoyable for Austen fans. Grosvenor Meyer, who has previously written biographies of Margaret Drabble and Charlotte Brontë, delves into letters, family memories, and Austen's novels to illuminate a perceptive picture of the woman herself and the social climate in which she lived. Surprises abound, and the reader is left with a sense of relief that Austen remained true to her " obstinate heart." This is an invaluable companion for anyone who has absorbed in one of her spirited novels."--Publisher's description.

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