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9780061999093 In The Real Jane Austen, acclaimed literary biographer Paula Byrne provides the most intimate and revealing portrait yet of a beloved but complex novelist. Just as letters and tokens in Jane Austenâ€™s novels often signal key turning points in the narrative, Byrne explores the small things â€“ a scrap of paper, a gold chain, an ivory miniature â€“ that held significance in Austenâ€™s personal and creative life. Byrne transports us to different worlds, from the East Indies to revolutionary Paris, and to different events, from a high society scandal to a case of petty shoplifting. In this ground-breaking biography, Â Austen is set on a wider stage than ever before, revealing a well-traveled and politically aware writer â€“ important aspects of her artistic development that have long been overlooked. The Real Jane Austen is a fresh, compelling, and surprising biography of the author of some of our most enduring classic books â€“ from Pride and Prejudice to Sense and Sensibility, Emma to Persuasion â€“ and a vivid evocation of the world that shaped her.