The Real Jane Austen

The Real Jane Austen

A Life In Small Things

Book - 2013
Average Rating:
Rate this:
This new biography explores the forces that shaped the interior life of one of the most beloved novelists in the English language. Each chapter begins by evoking an object that conjures up a key moment or theme in Austen's life and work. The woman who emerges is far tougher, more socially and politically aware, and altogether more modern that the conventional picture. The book looks at the biographical influences on her work, as well as her boundless wit and energy--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2013.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780061999093
Characteristics: xi, 380 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: Life in small things


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Jul 16, 2014

This lady is one of the best biographers I have ever read. I have tried to read about several other people lately that I truly wish had the benefit of a great biographer like Ms. Byrne. She has proven to me once again (along with the several very bad biographies I've plodded through lately) that it takes a very particular talent to produce a truly revealing and readable biography.

ser_library Aug 22, 2013

interesting and written to appeal to the new to Austen reader, but misses out some important facts

ChristchurchLib Apr 21, 2013

"Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the original publication of Pride and Prejudice, this revealing portrait of the beloved novelist, drawn from the most up-to-date scholarship and unexplored sources, presents a modern take on this famous writer and the world that shaped her." April 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at WPL

To Top