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by Valerie Grosvenor Myer

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Author:
Valerie Grosvenor Myer
ISBN13:
978-0216908444
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0216908442
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Blackie; First Edition edition (1980)
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Also by Valerie Grosvenor Myer. Charlotte bronte: truculent spirit. PEOPLE WHO KNEW Jane Austen described her as pretty. She was attractive, both in appearance and in personality.

Also by Valerie Grosvenor Myer. The only authenticated likeness is an amateurish pencil and watercolour drawing, now in the National Portrait Gallery, London, by Jane’s elder sister, Cassandra. Yet Cassandra’s drawing shows a woman more sharp-featured than appealing: the eyes are, large and beautiful, glancing keenly at something to the left of the picture, and the eyebrows are well marked.

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I have marveled at Fanny and the plays that she and Edward, two cousins acted out in their copious leisure.

Jane Austen's first published work, meticulously constructed and sparkling with her .

Jane Austen's first published work, meticulously constructed and sparkling with her unique witMarianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor's warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Through their parallel experience of love - and its threatened loss - the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.

The reception history of Jane Austen follows a path from modest fame to wild popularity. Jane Austen (1775–1817), the author of such works as Pride and Prejudice (1813) and Emma (1815), has become one of the best-known and most widely read novelists. Her novels are the subject of intense scholarly study and the centre of a diverse fan culture.

Mr and Mrs Austen must have been highly pleased with their daughter’s prospects of. .Listen to books in audio format instead of reading.

Mr and Mrs Austen must have been highly pleased with their daughter’s prospects of happiness and Mr and Mrs Fowle were certainly pleased at the idea of having Cassandra as their daughter-in-law. But Tom’s income was small and the young couple agreed to wait to marry until one of the livings Lord Craven held in Shropshire fell vacant. In old age, he was proud of the early friendship with the celebrated Jane Austen, but said he loved her with a boy’s love’. He married a rich woman, Mary Paul, sister of a college friend, in 1799, and had nine children.

Thus Valerie Grosvenor Myer's recent biography, Jane Austen: Obstinate Heart proves most timely. In fact, Jane Austen is best read in conjunction with its subject's novels, for so much of Jane's life went into her six books, although her heroines generally fared better than their creator

Thus Valerie Grosvenor Myer's recent biography, Jane Austen: Obstinate Heart proves most timely. In fact, Jane Austen is best read in conjunction with its subject's novels, for so much of Jane's life went into her six books, although her heroines generally fared better than their creator.

It is a truth universally acknowledged", begins Pride and Prejudice, "that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife". Her obstinacy condemned her to reliance on her family for financial support. As Myer points out, it also enabled Austen to write her immortal novels.

Valerie Grosvenor Myer, Christine Frick-Gerke. Jane Austen (1775-1817) hat in ihrem kurzen Leben sechs Romane veröffentlicht, die zu den unvergänglichen Werken der Weltliteratur gehören. Valerie Grosvenor Myer geht in ihrer Biographie u. a. den Fragen nach, woher Jane Austen in ihrem engen, äußerlich ereignislosen Dasein als unverheiratete Pfarrerstochter ihre Stoffe genommen hat und wie sie sich als Schriftstellerin in der damaligen Zeit hat durchsetzen können.

Jane Austen is a British writer, who is often referred to as the woman who has shaped the way modern novels look like. She was the one to introduce ordinary life of regular people into her books. Jane Austen wrote 6 major works that all focus on the role of women in the society and their dependence on men. She herself was never married, she never had her own house or let alone room, but her social life was intense and she was full of romantic dreams. Jane started writing at the age of 14 years old, mostly letters on small pieces of paper where she described the events and people she saw around her.

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  • The punchline of Valerie Grosvenor Myer's 1997 biography "Jane Austen: Obstinate Heart" is delivered in its preface. Contrary to the warm and contented portrait in family memoirs, Myer asserts that romance novelist Jane Austen knew a life of genteel poverty and personal disappointment, yet showed her "obstinate heart" by refusing to marry a wealthy man she did not love. This interpretation of Jane Austen's life is certainly a plausible one, but it has been told by other biographers with more flair.

    Every biographer of Jane Austen must confront the challenge of the limited material available on her life. Myer chooses a conventional approach. Readers familiar with Austen's surviving letters will recognize that Myer has adapted excerpts into a chronological narrative, rather freely mixing Jane's comments to her sister about domestic matters with her own interpretations of Austen's state of mind. The result emphasizes Austen's limited personal possibilities as the dowerless daughter of a middle-class cleric. The failure to marry ensured that Austen would live a frustrating life as a family poor relation; recognition for her remarkable literary talents came only in the very last years of her life.

    Myer devotes surprisingly little energy to speculation about Jane Austen's personal romances, whatever they may have been. She spents more time on Austen's interactions with her immediate family and various in-laws and cousins, although without generating any unusual insights. This reader wishes Myer had explored in more detail the dynamics of Jane Austen's intimate relationship with her sister Cassandra or her rather difficult relationship with her mother. Myer limits her literary criticism to drawing some parallels between the characters and locations in Austen's novels with their possible counterparts in life. The book includes a nice selection of family portraits.

    "Jane Austen: Obstinate Heart" is a conventional and serviceable biography most likely to appeal to readers new to Jane Austen and not prepared to wade into various academic controversies about her life. Devoted fans of Jane Austen already familar with her life and letters can find more challenging biographies elsewhere.

  • I think Valerie Grovesnor Myer has made a nice stab at trying to write to a biography of Austen and she succeeds relatively well. The only trouble biographies of Austen are all drawn from the same material - very little new material has been turned up in recent years and so biographers are forced to reinterpret the old sources to find a new angle. And that really is what this author has done - with only moderate success.
    She has 24 chapters, mostly chronological although really the complaint that this is mostly about Austen's family than Austen herself bears through - especially in the first nine chapters.
    To make her book different again Myer has attempted to find biographical incidents from Austen's own life to explain incidents in her novels. Not a bad thing to do - but I found it overpowering at times - as though she were just going from one incident to another - and sometimes I felt her examples used weren't good ones. For instance she likened Jane Austens' brother Edward's adoption by the Knights as being like Fanny Price's living with the Bertrams in her 'Mansfield Park'. Which is not at all the same situation. In the novel Fanny lived with the family but was never adopted by them. In real life, Edward adopted the new surname of Knight and eventually inherited a large estate and fortune from it. The whole situation in fact reminds one of Frank Churchill in 'Emma' - Frank Weston is adopted by his aunt, Mrs Churchill, adopts her name and becomes her heir. It seems that is a much better example - why did Myer use the much less satisfactory one?
    Another point is that she shows that she has read various books on Austen (for instance Deidre Le Faye's collected letters of Austen) but doesn't seem to have done much research outside of those on the history of the period. Myer cites a letter from Austen to her neice Fanny Knight in which she talks of the whole race of 'Pagets'. Myer has clearly used the footnote which is in Le Faye's edition of the letters to explain this remark about Austen's dislike of the Pagets - explaining about Lord Paget's (later Marquess of Anglesey) elopement with Lady Charlotte Wellesley. What both Le Faye and Myer miss is that the year before this elopement there was another High profile Paget elopement when Lord Paget's brother eloped with Lady Boringdon. A little extra research on Myer's part would have revealed this fact.
    I found the book interesting though for Myer's interpretation, but I wouldn't pick it by choice. If you are looking for a really good biography of Jane - Park Honan's is much better - or Claire Tomalin's. There are other great books on the history of the time you can read - Maggie Lane is great - and Deidre Le Faye's collection of letters is fabulous. So there is a lot of much better material out there. But if this is all you can get hold of - well it would do in a pinch.

  • I would buy this book if it were on a discount table because of the scraps of information about country life in the late Georgian period and if I could not get a copy of Jane Austen's letters; but I would rather buy a book about each than this book about both. It's hardly a dime novel; it's a list of her visits her family and her friends. The prose sounds like: Jane went here. Jane wrote to her sister who was staying there. Jane disliked one sister-in-law. Jane liked another sister in law. I think the reason a sillouette of Jane is on the cover is that the reader is treated to a bio of a shadow person. There is nothing in Jane's life above the daily commonplace lot here; yet there must have been something within Jane or in the way Jane saw her surroundings that was not commonplace to her because Jane's novels are not commonplace to us. As to any - ahem - kennel comparisons: a Jane Austen novel is like a well prepared pitcher of lemonade - enough sugar and water to soften the juice but not enough to subdue it. Why shouldn't her family letters be the same? I don't think this author dislikes Jane. I know many tart tongued women and enjoy their conversation (when I'm not the subject of it). They're usually very wise and dicerning. This book cried out for foot/end notes that tied the above scraps of info to a source - either to a letter or a book in the Selected Bibliography (why "selected"?) so they can be verified. It's not good for study purposes.