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Jane Austen and Her Times

Geraldine Edith Mitton

Book Overview: 

This is a lively and highly accessible overview of the life and times of one of England's most beloved authors. Using excerpts from a wide variety of sources, such as Austen's own personal correspondence and the works of her contemporaries, Mitton chronicles her literary career and family life amidst the changing climate of the Georgian and Regency eras, giving the reader a sense of what it was like to live in her world. A must-read for the dedicated Austen aficionado!

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Elton is represented as a handsome, ingratiating, debonair young man, who spends his time playing the gallant, reading aloud, making charades with the young ladies, and preaching sermons that please everybody. However, he meets his match in the dashing and vulgar Mrs. Elton, whom he picks up, soon after his rejection by Emma, at a watering place, and thereafter they spend their time in a blissful state of mutual admiration.



For the first five-and-twenty years of her life, from her birth in December 1775 to the spring of 1801, Jane lived at Steventon, in her father’s rectory, as peaceful and quiet a home as even she could have wished. But though her own circumstances were peaceful and happy, the great world without was full of flux and reflux.

Wars and rumours of wars, revolutions and upheavals, which changed the whole face of Europe, were going on year by year, but of these th. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Very well written.

"Of Jane Austen's life there is little to tell, and that little has been told more than once by writers whose relationship to her made them competent to do so. It is impossible to make even microscopic additions to the sum-total of the facts already known of that simpl

3.5 stars. Some things I loved about this book: the details about daily life and how it changed during Austen's life, the inclusion of contemporary art and illustrations, the discussions of politics and world events that surely affected Austen although she never let on, and thoughts about other auth

This book was quite interesting. I would, however, have liked the author to write more about Jane Austen's childhood and juvenilia, but over all quite good. It was also amusing how the writer kept comparing the 1800's to her own extreamly modern time. (The book was written in 1905. Which made questi

I received this book as a gift from a friend who knows I love Jane Austen's work. I assumed this book would be a biography. I was pleasantly surprised to find it was more about the culture and everyday lives of those in the society in which Austen herself lived. It was also fascinating to read about

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