13 Jul Jon Spence, who has died aged 65, was the author of Becoming Jane Austen, a biographical account of the author’s life that formed the basis. 5 May Available in: Paperback. Jon Spence’s fascinating biography of Jane Austen paints an intimate portrait of the much-loved novelist. Spence’s. All about Becoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence. LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers.

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Becoming Jane Austen

It really enriches to follow these writers from A to Z F2 World of Football F2 Freestylers. But a To preface this – its a history book that digs into the sources and makes some pretty interesting connections about Jane Austen’s life.

It examines Austen’s other bwcoming attachments. Seeing this love story in the context of Jane Austen’s whole life enables us to appreciate the profound effect the relationship had on her art and on ojn choices that she made in her life. Clearly written, jargon-free and pleasant to read, it covers familiar ground without any sense of fatigue and makes the most of the material.

Ich hatte vorher den Film gesehen. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I blame the latter on the book cover which is attractive in becomihg lovely Hollywood rendition sort of way but which, dare I say it, Austen ausetn have joined me in finding a bit too precious? By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

What I really liked about the book was the way it drew parallels between her family life and her novels, becmoing possible inspiration for certain characters and situations. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. A Life Jon Spence Snippet view – Rob Ford, Canadian politician. Jul 09, Ranielle rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Darcy with a sharp tongue and talent for making people laugh.

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Becoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence. Mar 20, Jane Greensmith rated it liked it. Jane Austen was a woman ahead of her time.

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Since this is the inspiration for the movie, be prepared for a strong insistence on a relationship between Jane Austen and Tom Lefroy the author frequently finds connections that may or may not be true. She may have just chosen common names because they’d be familiar. Austen and History lovers.

Published May 5th by Bloomsbury Academic first published May 23rd Fans of Jane Austen. Spence went on to check the records of when the two were in London the following August and discovered that Jane sent a letter to Cassandra from Cork Street at the time that Lefroy’s great-uncle lived in the same street. If you like biography, or you like reading about this particular time period in history, you’ll enjoy this book, as I did.

Attributing any part of Jane Austen’s talent and success to ‘dashed female hopes of love’ in her relationship with Lefroy- when so little is actually known of that relationship–is absurd. And his suggestion that near the end of her life Austen’s attention turned to adverse effects of women’s ceaseless childbearing leaves readers with yet another reason to regret the works left unwritten by her early death.

While I think Jane Austen is jabe great literary figure, I feel she led a simple and mundane life. I’ve seen the movie, Becoming Jane, and it is one of my favorite movies, but it’s interesting to see how Hollywood made Tom Lefroy a character that you love and pity rather than dislike as we really should in the case of real-life instance. An interesting biography and one I would be tempted to compare with other Jane Austen biographies to see how Spence’s interpretations differ with becomihg of previous biographers.

The elegant narrative examines Austen’s other emotional attachments, building a picture of her world as she herself perceived and experienced it. Becoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence. He presents his own speculation and interpretation about Jane Austen’s life as if it were the truth, going so far as to talk about Spencr Austen’s feelings at a certain moment in time in indicative rather than conjunctive, assuming an authority over her life which he cannot have.


He presented his imaginings as joon rather than the fictions they were, and I don’t like that in biography.

I mean it’s definitely not living up the wonderfulness that is Tomalin’s classic take on Austen so far, but it did have moments. Spence’s meticulous research has, perhaps most notably, uncovered evidence that Austen and the charming young Irishman Tom Lefroy fell in love at the age of twenty and that the relationship inspired Pride and Prejudice, one of the most celebrated works of fiction ever written.

The house is nearby where Cassandra nursed her younger sister until she died. This was a good read, a fascinating look into Jane Austen’s life. We don’t know exactly what went on with Tom Lefroy. If you think you’re getting a romantic account of Jane Austen’s love story as in the movieforget it, because the book is not that!

Sep 11, Tifnie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Full of information, to be sure. He really shows how much her family and friends, as well as romance with Tom LeFroy though this is the most sketchy part, influenced her stories. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. But not like what the cover let on. You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data. Mom and Me and Mom Maya Angelou. Description Jon Spence’s fascinating biography paints an intimate portrait of Jane Austen.