Jane Austen by Carol Diggory Shields
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With the same sensitivity and artfulness that are the trademarks of her award-winning novels, Carol Shields explores the life of a writer whose own novels have engaged and delighted readers for the past two hundred years. In Jane Austen, Shields follows this superb and beloved novelist from her early family life in Steventown to her later years in Bath, her broken engagement, and her intense relationship with her sister Cassandra. She reveals both the very private woman and the acclaimed author behind the enduring classics Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma. With its fascinating insights into the writing process from an award–winning novelist, Carol Shields’s magnificent biography of Jane Austen is also a compelling meditation on how great fiction is created.


About Carol Diggory Shields

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Carol Shields (1935-2003) is the author of The Stone Diaries, which won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Canada's Governor General's Award. Her other novels and short-story collections include The Republic of Love, Happenstance, Swann, The Orange Fish, Various Miracles, The Box Garden, and Small Ceremonies (all available from Penguin).
Published May 31, 2005 by Penguin Books. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Penguin's wonderful series of lives, biographies unique in their manageable length and careful pairing of subjects with authors who are themselves important creative figures, delights once again,

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Jane Austen Carol Shields 208pp, Weidenfeld, £12.99.

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