Jane Austen: A Life - Claire TomalinViking, 1997, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Tiny puncture to the upper panel at the margin with the spine. Leans slightly. Couple of small marks to the leading edge of the text block. Text bright and tight.
7th printing. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “The six great novels of Jane Austen picture a world of civility, reassuring stability and continuity. It is a world she knew because it was the world she herself inhabited. Or so generations of admiring readers have supposed. The Jane Austen who emerges from Claire Tomalin’s biography is a slightly different figure, however — a woman who lived on the edges of the society she described, looking in at it from the outside. The family into which she was born was neither landowning nor prosperous. They were meritocrats, struggling to get ahead in the competitive and money-driven society of England under George III. From her study of family papers, Tomalin is able to paint a rich, tragic-comic picture of the Austen clan, their ambitions, their matrimonial alliances and their exotic connections with India and France.”