What I like about this short book on the life of Jane Austen is that it deals with biographical material in a unique and interesting way. Though the story of Jane’s life that amateur sleuth Sarah Kedron uncovers is true, the story of Sarah Kedron’s investigation is fictional. Considering that there is still some confusion over the details of Jane’s life, this book is an excellent and entertaining way of learning the facts.
After Jane Austen’s death at the tragically young age of forty-two, her brother Henry published a brief biography of her life which seemed to contradict the view of others who’d known her. Intrigued by the mystery of the conflicting stories, the Prince Regent’s librarian asks Regency playwright and amateur detective Sarah Kedron to uncover the truth about Jane. Sarah takes up the challenge and interviews family members, publishers, friends, in fact, everyone who could throw some light on matter.
This fascinating account of Jane’s life is based on a wide reading of works on Jane’s life and career as a Regency novelist. As the mystery unravels, the reader gains insights into the character of a most unusual woman who persisted in writing the books she wanted to write in spite of family and financial difficulties.
In Search of Jane Austen will be ready for purchase late in June.
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