By Carol Shields
With an identical sensitivity and artfulness which are the logos of her award-winning novels, Carol Shields explores the lifetime of a author whose personal novels have engaged and overjoyed readers for the prior 200 years. In Jane Austen, Shields follows this remarkable and liked novelist from her early relatives existence in Steventown to her later years in tub, her damaged engagement, and her excessive dating together with her sister Cassandra. She unearths either the very inner most lady and the acclaimed writer in the back of the long-lasting classics Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma. With its attention-grabbing insights into the writing strategy from an award–winning novelist, Carol Shields’s extraordinary biography of Jane Austen is additionally a compelling meditation on how nice fiction is created.
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Mission accomplished. Likewise, on the morning after my eighty-ninth birthday I opened my eyes and said to myself, “My God, this is the orst day of my ninetieth year. ” I got out of bed and went to the gym, where I walked on the treadmill and lifted weights, as is my daily routine. On my way home I stopped at the market, where the gang there was waiting with a present: a pound of coffee and a freshly brewed cup with a large “D” written on the side. ” At some point later in the day I realized that at eightynine, I was the same age as the stodgy old banker I had played in Mary Poppins, Mr.
Jane Austen: A Life (Penguin Lives) by Carol Shields