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review 2013-05-10 00:00
Jane Austen's Letters - Deirdre Le Faye,Jane Austen At first glance this letter collection may just seem like trivial tales of an uneventful everyday life - but under the trifling discussions of silk stockings, dinner menus and minor balls lies the heart of the most accomplished writer who ever lived.

These letters offer intimate insights in Jane Austen's way of thinking, reasoning and living. This book is the most direct impression one could ever gain of Jane Austen herself. And it is fascinating.
From the loving, gentle and comforting letters to her sister and relatives, to the formal business correspondence concerning her novels, her endearing childhood rhymes composed for the amusement of her nieces, her harsh and sarcastic portrayals of her surroundings and acquaintances, and the mournful accounts of death and loss; these letters show Jane Austen from as many angles as humanly possible.
Of course I delighted in the letters that involved literary criticism and details of her reading material along with her own reflections on the construction of her novels, but I also enjoyed forming a clear picture of her simple everyday life.

As I reached the last letters, and finally read Cassandra's grievous account of Jane's death, I felt like I had gotten to know my literary idol a bit better. Because, after all, this is not insignificant letters of an important author; it is touchingly real pieces of a blessed human being.
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photo 2013-04-11 15:24

I live for second-hand book shopping. Whenever I feel the slightest bit down I head straight for the charity shops. Oxfam are particularly good for old and interesting books, including this lovely hardback copy of Brideshead Revisited (which is also beautifully illustrated). To be honest, getting first pick of the donated books is one of the perks of volunteering there;) I’ve also picked up Lark Rise to Candleford, a Penguin book on Victorian Literature and a volume of Jane Austen’s letters! Thoroughly satisfying:)

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review 2010-08-22 00:00
Jane Austen's Letters - Deirdre Le Faye... Jane Austen's Letters - Deirdre Le Faye,Jane Austen The other part of Jane Austen -- all those letters she wrote. It's a pity that her sister Cassandra destroyed many of them, but enough of them were save. One of the top scholars about Jane Austen has done the editing here. The Folio Society edition is a gorgeous one as well.
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review 2008-03-29 00:00
Jane Austen's Letters - Deirdre Le Faye,Jane Austen A Must-have for all Jane Austen lovers!
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