Jane Austen A Life Revealed by Catherine Reef


Jane Austen A Life Revealed by Catherine Reef

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 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.


a JLG selection 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

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.

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208 pages


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Publication date

1st July 2011



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