In this beautiful biography of one of fiction's most beloved writers, Sheilds takes us from Jane Austen's broken engagement to her relationship with her sister, Cassandra, and even beyond that. Not only do we see how Jane Austen's life inspired her greatest works, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma, but we also see how she set the standards for fiction novels all over the world.
With the same sensitivity and artfulness that are the trademarks of her award-winning novels, Carol Shields explores the life of a writer whose own novels have engaged and delighted readers for the past two hundred years. In Jane Austen, Shields follows this superb and beloved novelist from her early family life in Steventown to her later years in Bath, her broken engagement, and her intense relationship with her sister Cassandra. She reveals both the very private woman and the acclaimed author behind the enduring classics Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma. With its fascinating insights into the writing process from an awardwinning novelist, Carol Shieldss magnificent biography of Jane Austen is also a compelling meditation on how great fiction is created.
Carol Shields (1935-2003) is the author of The Stone Diaries, which won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Canada's Governor General's Award. Her other novels and short-story collections include The Republic of Love, Happenstance, Swann, The Orange Fish, Various Miracles, The Box Garden, and Small Ceremonies (all available from Penguin).