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Only a Novel: The Double Life of Jane Austen

Only a Novel: The Double Life of Jane Austen

by Jane Aiken Hodge


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An intimate portrait of the two sides of the inimitable Jane Austen: the extraordinary public life of England's best loved novelist and the more private world of the woman behind the words.Pulling together the decorous and genteel young woman dedicated to family life and the enigmatic author who shied away from the spotlight, this biography sheds light on the great mind that, with acerbic wit and razor-sharp observation, illuminated women's lives ruled by English manners.Weaving in historical records and family letters, Aiken Hodge's endearing and affectionate profile of the esteemed author of Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Persuasion unites these two worlds and finally answers the question: who, exactly, was Jane Austen? Only a Novel was first published in 1972.

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ISBN-13: 9781913099251
Publisher: Agora Books
Publication date: 03/27/2019
Pages: 290
Sales rank: 767,863
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Jane Aiken Hodge was born in Massachusetts, but moved with her family to East Sussex in Britain when she was three years old. After reading English in Somerville College, Oxford, she moved to the US to undertake a second degree at Radcliffe College. Whilst she was there, she spent time as a civil servant and worked for Time Magazine before returning to the UK to focus on her career as a novelist. In 1972 she became a British citizen. She is the daughter of the Pulitzer prize-winning poet, Conrad Aiken.

Aiken Hodge is known for her works of historical romance. In a career spanning nearly fifty years, she published over thirty novels, exploring contemporary settings and the detective genre in her later life. She died in 2009, aged ninety-two.

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