Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Jane Austen: A Life

Jane Austen: A LifeJane Austen: A Life
by Carol Shields

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This really wasn't a biography. It was an examination of the work of Jane Austen and how the few things that are actually known about her life might relate to that work. It was however, a very enlightening look at the work of a great novelist and the time in which she lived. Shields, an excellent novelist herself, also discusses, at some length, the creative process of the writer. Ultimately there is more speculation here than solid information, but the speculation seems grounded in research and this is a book worth reading.

This book counts towards the Canadian Book Challenge.


  1. This sounds good, maybe one to pick up once I have finished all 6 of her novels.

    1. This book definitely includes spoilers--I am only half-way through Mansfield Park but I now know what will happen--so waiting until you have read all the novels is a good idea.


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