I finished! Chapter Six is about the Jane Austen brand. Austen is both a popular author and a great one. As such she exists in several mutually exclusive spheres – she is all things to all men. The middle aged, the middle class and those who consider themselves slightly above the middlebrow are Austen’s natural [...]
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Chapter Five – Divine Jane In this chapter Harman discusses how Jane Austen became ‘Divine Jane’ or ‘Dear Jane’. In the 1880s the increasing audience was more for Miss Austen than the novels. She was still, however, being read by ‘a few cultured men’ which ensured her critical success. An idea seemed to emerged that [...]
I found this book (Jane Austen – A biography by Elizabeth Jenkins) at my local second hand book store. What a fabulous find (and it was only $10.50). It’s been out of print for ages. Oh and I’m slowly making my way through Chapter Five of Jane’s Fame.