Jane Austen at Home
This new telling of the story of Jane's life shows us how and why she lived as she did, examining the places and spaces that mattered to her. It wasn't all country houses and ballrooms, but a life that was often a pain...more
Not a ton of new info, but some, and Worley's…moreI read Tomalin's a few years ago, and I've liked reading this as a refresher on what I'd forgotten.
Not a ton of new info, but some, and Worley's voice is great.(less)
Historian Lucy Worlsey focused on Jane's experiences in her different homes and on how her novels treated life at home. I especially appreciated the details about Jane's relationship with her parents and siblings, the joy of when she got her first writing desk (which I was lucky enough to see on display at the British Library), and the details about how her work f ...more
Lucy’s lively style and relish in fascinating details shines new light on the real Jane Austen. ...more
I was pulled into this book as soon as I started reading. I s ...more
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the death of Austen, Worsley has come out with a lively biography that focuses on Austen’s homes (or lack of them). This angle gives an interesting insight into how Austen lived her life day to day and how much this influenced her work.
Worsley’s style of writing is clear, entertaining and easy to read, I flew through the book. The information that is presented is very well researched and gives a real idea of who Austen really was and what she looked like. ...more
I will certainly be seeking out Lucy Worsley's other books, and will be making a pilgrimage to some of the places described in such great detail.
I cried at the end. Does that count as a spoiler?
Non indaghiamo sul perché e il percome io abbia usurpato un festeggiamento che non mi compete.
Anche Jane non giocò mai il ruolo di mamma, ma fu per moltissimi “zia”.
E anche se non vi sono certezze, vari sospetti indicano che non ci teneva neppure a quel ruolo.
A lei piaceva leggere, indossare qualche bel vestito, suonare, danzare, mangiare bene e magari bere anche meglio. L’amore? Era soprattutto un rischio: n ...more
Lucy Worsley succeeds in presenting a three dimensional Jane Austen in this fascinating biography. She shows how the Austen family tried to sanitise the picture which was presented to the world after Jane's death but the evidence is still there if you choose to look for it. By reference to previous biographies, primary sources, the novels themselves and the juvenilia the author pieces together a very much more robust picture - warts and all.
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You really understand the 'genteel' poverty the Austen women suffered from after her father's death. And will marvel at how some relatives of me ...more
He descubierto muchas cosas que no conocía de Jane Austen y aunque en Cartas ya había visto mucho de su vida, con este libro me he organizado mejor sobre quien era quien y qué posición ocupaban en su vida sus padres, sus hermanos, sus cuñada, sobrinas y pretendientes. La autora hace un ...more
"Miss Austen's merits have long been established beyond a question: she is, emphatically, the novelist of home."Richard Bentley, publishing Jane Austen's novels in 1833
Worsley offers this quotation at the beginning of her Introduction. The search ...more
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Al escuchar el nombre de Jane Austen todos inmediatamente pensamos en Orgullo y prejuicio y el señor Darcy. Algunos lo harán pensando en el libro, otros más en la película o en la serie de 1995, pero todos sabemos algo acerca de esta autora nacida en 1775. En mi caso la conocí cuando tenía alrededor de 13 años pues en la secundaria nos hicieron leer uno de sus libros y vimos sobre su historia pero en realidad había muchas cosas que desconocía y que me ...more
What Lucy Worsley does with this book is truly astonishing. It’s meticulously researched, providing intricate details ab ...more
I have read several books about Jane Austen and her life as well as her letters to her sister Cassandra. While I ...more
In some respects, this book was a worthy addition to the saturated world Jane Austen biographies. It centers around the idea of the importance of a home in Jane Austen's life and writing. I enjoyed the author's emphasis about the single - and married - women who impacted Jane Austen's life and the way they banded about her. This is particularly contrasted with her more erratic brothers' behavior.
Yet honestly, this book was a trudge to get through. I do not care for Lucy Worsley's style ...more
Another day, another Jane Austen biography, this time coming from the undisputed high queen of BBC history documentaries, Lucy Worsley. I had noticed this one being heavily trailed when I visited the Jane Austen House Museum - unsurprisingly, it also came with an accompanying television special. Given Worsley's long-standing hobby of poking round old houses and talking about the lives of those who inhabited them, it makes sense that s ...more
While Lucy Worsley is a fun and engaging TV presenter, her writing style is a bit dry. This reads like a traditional biography and not one of her TV shows, unfortunately. Having read extensively about J ...more
My first job after leaving college was at a crazy but wonderful historic house called Milton Manor in Oxfordshire. Here I would give guided tours, occasionally feed the llamas, and look for important pieces of p ...more