With the same sensitivity and artfulness that are the trademarks of her award-winning novels, Shields here explores the life of a writer whose own novels have delighted readers for the past 200 years. In Jane Austen, Shields follows this superb novelist from her early family life in Steventon 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 a Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist, Carol Shields’s magnificent biography of Jane Austen is also a compelling meditation on how great fiction is created.
“This tightly written biography brings Austen to life in a way rarely seen. Here she is the living, breathing woman not the prim literary classic. Outstanding job.”—Booklist
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About Carol Shields
CAROL SHIELDS moved to Canada at the age of twenty-two after graduating from Hanover College in Indiana with a BA. Her studies included a year at the University of Exeter. Shields went on to obtain an MA at the University of Ottawa…. More about Carol Shields
Published by Random House Audio Jan 29, 2001| 360 Minutes| ISBN 9781415911013