Jane Austen by Carol Shields


Not as in-depth as Claire Tomalin’s work, but still an interesting and informative piece regarding Jane Austen. At times, took the view of Jane’s actions were as a result of her sister, Cassandra’s influence. Also gives a different cause of death—citing breast cancer—which took the lives of her aunt and cousin.


Learned more interesting facts about the Authoress. I liked how Ms. Shields gave enough information to be interesting, but did not overload you. I also liked how the author, whether intentionally or not, gave Cassandra Austen’s influence as a possible reason for Jane’s actions. I suspected as much while reading it.

© Cori Endicott June 2010


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