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Jane Austen: A Life Revealed

by Catherine Reef

Published by Clarion, 2011
192 pages
ISBN: trade 978𢠧47-370217

Age 13 and older

Catherine Reef抯 lively biography of nineteenth-century novelist Jane Austen is a perfect accompaniment to Austen抯 novels. Reef draws on Austen抯 letters and other primary and secondary sources to create a portrait that also incorporates discussion of characters and scenes from Austen抯 fictional works. In doing so, Reef showcases how Austen抯 books offered sly, perceptive commentary on society and gender even as society and her own gender dictated many elements of her life as an unmarried woman. Source notes and an extensive bibliography round out a volume illustrated with occasional black-and-white reproductions of letters, photographs, and illustrations of early nineteenth-century British life. Teens who have already discovered the wit and wisdom of Austen抯 writing will appreciate this insightful look at her life and her fictional worlds.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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