Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Presenting Miss Jane Austen

This is the book I read this morning. A surprisingly quick read, this biography of Jane Austen is beautifully illustrated in black and white with pictures of, among other things, the places in which she lived. Much of what I read in this book I already knew, from other books and Austen's letters. I was surprised by how easy it was to read this and how much it felt like reading about someone that one already knows. There is much to be gained from a book such as this. I have to say that I don't really have much to say about it. I don't believe that it presented any new information, though all of it was interesting and the situation might have been different in the early 1950s when the book was published. There was no speculation about Jane's illness or anything else and hardly a hard word for anyone. I believe the appropriate description I'm looking for is insipid, though enjoyable.

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