Jane Austen’s life has been meticulously documented, yet hers was a literary voice that begs ever further biographical examination. Jane Austen: Life is Like a Rose chronicles her relationship with the family and friends who would later populate her novels – namely her sister Cassandra and the vivacious Francophille Eliza de Feuillide. From the amateur dramatics held in her family home in Steventon and early examinations in Juvenilia, to her sojourns in Bath and fatal illness while penning Persuasion and Northanger Abbey, the vast array of private correspondence here compiled gives a touching account of the woman behind the genius, and the places and personalities which inspired her.
Supplemented by relevant incisions into her novels, Andrew Norman’s biography also yields an intriguing new solution to the mystery of Jane’s own unrequited love. His argument on the identity of the man with whom Jane fell in love in South Devonshire at the turn of the century makes this an especially stimulating read for Jane Austen fans.
|234 x 156 mm
|15 December 2015
|41 black-and-white illustrations