My dear Cassandra: the letters of Jane Austen

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Clarkson Potter, Apr 1, 1991 - Biography & Autobiography - 160 pages
8 Reviews
Abundantly illustrated, this collection of Jane Austen's letters--the only collection that is illustrated--provides an entertaining glimpse into the novelist's life that will delight old fans and attract new ones. 120 full-color and 200 black-and-white illustrations.

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Review: My Dear Cassandra (The Illustrated Letters)

User Review  - Miranda - Goodreads

Charming, heartwarming, heartbreaking. I have an even greater appreciation now for Austen's scholarship, character, creativity, and talent. My only critique is that the book could not have included ... Read full review

Review: The Illustrated Letters of Jane Austen

User Review  - Jeannie Donovan - Goodreads

At times the letters seem like all my favorite Austen characters wrote these .... Other times it sounds like me and my sisters ... Still others, two women universally seen and felt. A must for any Austen fan. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
10
NEW PERSPECTIVES
59
A NEW AND SETTLED HOME
79
Copyright

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About the author (1991)

Jane Austen's life is striking for the contrast between the great works she wrote in secret and the outward appearance of being quite dull and ordinary. Austen was born in the small English town of Steventon in Hampshire, and educated at home by her clergyman father. She was deeply devoted to her family. For a short time, the Austens lived in the resort city of Bath, but when her father died, they returned to Steventon, where Austen lived until her death at the age of 41. Austen was drawn to literature early, she began writing novels that satirized both the writers and the manners of the 1790's. Her sharp sense of humor and keen eye for the ridiculous in human behavior gave her works lasting appeal. She is at her best in such books as Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1816), in which she examines and often ridicules the behavior of small groups of middle-class characters. Austen relies heavily on conversations among her characters to reveal their personalities, and at times her novels read almost like plays. Several of them have, in fact, been made into films. She is considered to be one of the most beloved British authors.

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