Jane Austen at Home

Jane Austen at Home

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""Jane Austen at Home offers a fascinating look at Jane Austen's world through the lens of the homes in which she lived and worked throughout her life. The result is a refreshingly unique perspective on Austen and her work and a beautifully nuanced exploration of gender, creativity, and domesticity." - Amanda Foreman, bestselling author of Georgianna, Duchess of Devonshire. On the eve of the two hundredth anniversary of Jane Austen's death, take a trip back to her world and the many places she lived as historian Lucy Worsley visits Austen's childhood home, her schools, her holiday accommodations, the houses - both grand and small - of the relations upon whom she was dependent, and the home she shared with her mother and sister towards the end of her life. In places like Steventon Parsonage, Godmersham Park, Chawton House and a small rented house in Winchester, Worsley discovers a Jane Austen very different from the one who famously lived a 'life without incident'. Worsley examines the rooms, spaces and possessions which mattered to her, and the varying ways in which homes are used in her novels as both places of pleasure and as prisons. She shows readers a passionate Jane Austen who fought for her freedom, a woman who had at least five marriage prospects, but - in the end - a woman who refused to settle for anything less than Mr. Darcy. Illustrated with two sections of color plates, Lucy Worsley's Jane Austen at Home is a richly entertaining and illuminating new book about one of the world's favorite novelists and one of the subjects she returned to over and over in her unforgettable novels: home"--
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250131607
Branch Call Number: ANF 823.7 WOR
Characteristics: 387 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly colour), portraits ; 25 cm


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cuppa_tea Aug 22, 2017

This Jane Austen biography is the most engaging on the topic that I have read. I really felt as if I was in her world watching from the side-lines as she moved around England with her family. Being a Jane Austen fan I was very happy to read every detail. I've been told there are very good videos and podcasts by the author Jane Worsley so I will be following that lead up.

Jane Austen, the Secret Radical by Helena Kelly is the other book I'd recommend, and one I've bought to have at my side when I next reread Jane Austen's books.

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