13 Jul Jon Spence, who has died aged 65, was the author of Becoming Jane Austen, a biographical account of the author’s life that formed the basis. 5 May Available in: Paperback. Jon Spence’s fascinating biography of Jane Austen paints an intimate portrait of the much-loved novelist. Spence’s. All about Becoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence. LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers.

Author: Shaktijinn Dougrel
Country: Bolivia
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Spiritual
Published (Last): 25 June 2009
Pages: 485
PDF File Size: 19.93 Mb
ePub File Size: 9.58 Mb
ISBN: 218-2-21104-154-5
Downloads: 74404
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Shakalrajas

It makes more sense than going out of her way to scour one particular book for names because of its connection with a former love interest. Inthe presumed heir to the Austen family fortune, John Austen, lay dying of consumption at the age of jaen.

There’s very little information about her romance with Tom Lefroy, merely that they met, she was enamored of him, and Spence believes they ajsten have met again later in life.

Becoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence

Jenkyns, but jand have been supplanted. Though I enjoyed the idea that Jane Austen was at one time in love with a man named Tom Lefroy, I thought this author stretched facts a little too much for me to believe this was a love that Austen was obsessed with her entire adult life.

Jane Austen Claire Tomalin. But not spencr what the cover let on. Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you’ll like this book. Of course, it comes with the two problems that plague you spehce any book on Austen: Sep 12, Tori rated it liked it Shelves: Proud and mercurial Dutch football star who developed a fast-moving and fluid style of play. His great achievement is that by the end of Becoming Jane Austen it is indeed possible to see how Jane became Jane Austen, the great writer of English literature.


The book talked a little bit ab I do not in fact finish this book.

The book goes beyond merely retelling Jane’s life and attempts to find sources of inspiration for her wonderful stories from the known and supposed facts of her life. I approached Jon Spence’s work with an expectation of covering some familiar, pleasant territory that would be traveled via the lightest of scholarship. The first few chapters are dense with family names and dates, which are difficult to absorb, but once Jane starts writing, the book becomes and interesting read for anyone wanting to know what direct effect the world around her had on the world of her characters.

Becoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence. The writing style had the same elegance and economy that has meant that Austin’s work has survived the era’s so well – as you would expect from someone who has abviously spent many years reading and analysing her work.

Very interesting read for true Jane Austen fans who don’t mind wading through names, places, and sometimes tedious details. Jane Austen was Mr.

Sep becomjng, Wayne rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I’ve read at least four other biographies of Austen and this is the first I recall to highlight the connection between so many of Austen’s characters – in all her books – and Gecoming favorite novel. His elegant narrative provides a point of entry into Jane Austen’s world as she herself perceived and experienced it. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Views Read Edit View history. How can we know for certain this is what Jane Austen felt? You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data. It is clear he feels a very strong connection to his subject, and cares very much about her, but that doesn’t make his assumptions any more believable. It spencce a world familiar to us from her novels, but in Becoming Jane Austen, Austen herself is the heroine. Fans of Jane Austen.


Becoming Jane Austen

I can understand how this is the basis for the feature film Becoming Jane. It all comes across as wishful thinking. Iane use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms. The author makes a lot of assumptions about Austen’s feelings about various events and people as well.

I’ve been a fan of Jane Austen’s writing since I was 13 years old but I didn’t pick up a biography on her until a couple years ago and I finally got around to reading it. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Now that I’ve read Spence, I’m not so sure. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. Spence’s meticulous research has, perhaps most notably, uncovered evidence that Austen and the charming young Irishman Tom Lefroy fell in love at the age of twenty and that the relationship inspired Pride and Prejudiceone of the most celebrated works of fiction ever written.

Home Groups Talk Zeitgeist. I am still interested in her life, becomnig this book did not create my interest, nor take it away, it was just something to look through and pass on. But if this is true, then he’s an utter cad for leaving her high and dry to wait for him, never spenxe her again, and marrying someone else. Plus his way of reading Austen’s writing as entirely autobiographically inspired bothers me, especially after he quotes someone who says her inspiration does not come from her surroundings, at least not to the degree that Spence seems to find.