Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer by Lisa Pliscou

Young Jane Austen:
Becoming a Writer
by Lisa Pliscou

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Just released: April 20, 2015
Publisher: Wyatt-MacKenzie
Genre: Biography, Jane Austen
Paperback: 188 pages
Rating: 5

What was Jane Austen like as a child? What were her formative influences and experiences, her challenges and obstacles, that together set her on the path toward becoming a writer?

Drawing upon a wide array of sources, including Austen’s own books and correspondence, Lisa Pliscou has created a “speculative biography” that, along with 20 charming black-and-white illustrations, offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of young Jane Austen. Also included is a richly detailed, annotated version of the narrative and an overview of Austen’s life, legacy, and the era in which she lived, as well as a timeline of her key childhood events.

YOUNG JANE AUSTEN is sure to intrigue anyone interested in Jane Austen, in writing and the creative process, and in the triumph of the artistic spirit.


My two-bits:

This is a small cute gem of a book.

A third of the book is speculative biography of what Jane might have been like in her childhood. Brief passages of what could have been Jane are presented like snapshots from a family album.

The next two-thirds of the book is an annotated version with tidbits that include things related to Jane's novels. Fun for those into trivia.

And the final third of the book is a short bio of Jane with a timeline for period covered in the book.

I really like how this story is presented. Sprinkled throughout the book are illustrations with an old classic vibe. The pages are also outlined with a pretty floral background which brings about a cozy feeling while reading.

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  1. I really enjoyed this book, too. The design was simply stunning.

  2. I read and loved this one, too. I hadn't given much thought to Jane as a young girl so it was neat to see her early story.

  3. I've been meaning to read this! Looks good.


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