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Jane Austen
 
 
Author
Marghanita Laski.
Publisher Thames & Hudson  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9.1 x 7.1 x 0.4 inches
ISBN 9780500260159
Pages/Publication Date 143/1986
Daedalus Item Code 33603
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Springing from the upper-middle-class society of late 18th-century southern England, Jane Austen was orthodox in morals and religion, and generally Tory in politics—this was the milieu in which she spent her life, and which she describes so memorably in her novels. Indeed, posits novelist and critic Marghanita Laski, Austen's environment provided her with material ideally suited to her talents: accurate observation of character, wit, dramatic intuition, an ear for realistic dialogue, and a highly disciplined formal sense. Illustrated with 137 black and white drawings, engravings, photos, and reproductions, Laski's biography is a study of Austen's work, her letters (quoted here), and her era.

"No short biography could be better done."—Times Literary Supplement

"What makes this book special is the author's sympathy with her subject and the 137 charming black-and-white illustrations of just about every person, place and thing of importance in Austen's life and her novels, from the county in which she was born to the room in which she died."—Victorian Decorating and Lifestyle

 
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