Jane Austen: A Life Revealed

Jane Austen: A Life Revealed

by Catherine Reef

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“An excellent ‘starter biography,’ clearly written, peppered with period images, movie stills and great tidbits of historical facts . . . engaging.”—Austenprose

Jane Austen’s popularity never seems to fade. She has hordes of devoted fans, and there have been numerous adaptations of her life and work. But who was Jane Austen? The writer herself has long remained a mystery. And despite the resonance her work continues to have for teens, there has never been a young adult trade biography on Austen. 

Catherine Reef changes that with this highly readable account. She takes an intimate peek at Austen’s life and innermost feelings, interweaving her narrative with well-crafted digests of each of Austen’s published novels. The end result is a book that is almost as much fun to read as Jane’s own work—and truly a life revealed. Includes bibliography and index.

“Along with extensive details of Austen’s family . . . Reef deftly sets the biographical facts onto a larger cultural and historical canvas that will give readers a much deeper understanding of Austen’s novels, and well-chosen images, from period paintings and photos to contemporary film stills, add even more context.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Perhaps this work will lead readers to Jane Austen and imaginatively apply the facts of the author’s life to the novels—or vice-versa.”—Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547574141
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 06/06/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 213
Sales rank: 990,574
Lexile: 1090L (what's this?)
File size: 81 MB
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Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Catherine Reef is author of more than 40 nonfiction books for young people. Her award-winning books for Clarion include several biographies, among them Ernest Hemingway: A Writer's Life, E.E. Cummings: A Poet's Life, and Sigmund Freud: Pioneer of the Mind, all of which received starred reviews and numerous other accolades. She lives in College Park, Maryland.

Catherine Reef is the author of more than 40 nonfiction books, including many highly acclaimed biographies for young people. She lives in College Park, Maryland. www.catherinereef.com.

Table of Contents

Family Tree viii

1 Gentle Aunt Jane? 1

2 The Novelist Is Born 11

3 Love and Losses 33

4 Uprooted 50

5 An Extraordinary Fate 69

6 Light, Bright, and Sparkling 87

7 Vice and Virtue 103

8 "If I Live to Be an Old Woman …" 118

9 Lasting Words 136

Afterword: Our Own Jane Austen 151

Notes 157

Selected Bibliography 173

Jane Austen's Works 179

Picture Credits 181

Index 183

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