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Short Synopsis
Award-winning biographer Claire Harman shares her insights into the life and reputation of one of British literature's most famous figures: Jane Austen.

Full Synopsis
Mention Jane Austen and you'll likely incite a slew of fervent opinions from anyone within earshot. Regarded as a brilliant social satirist by scholars, Austen also enjoys the sort of popular affection usually reserved for girl-next-door movie stars, leading to the paradox of an academically revered author who has served as the inspiration for chick lit (The Jane Austen Book Club) and modern blockbusters (Becoming Jane). Almost two hundred years after her death, Austen remains a hot topic, and the current flare in the cultural zeitgeist echoes the continuous revival of her works, from the time of original publication through the twentieth century.

In Jane's Fame, Claire Harman gives us the complete biography of the author and analyzes her lasting cultural influence, making this essential listening for anyone interested in Austen's life, works, and remarkably potent fame.

"Diverting anecdotes pepper award-winning British biographer Harman's sharp and scholarly analysis of Jane Austen's life." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"[The book] presents the story of Austen's self-fashioning and later popularity in a convincing, enjoyable way." ---The New York Times

"Engagingly written and full of fascinating bits of information as well as valuable insights." ---Booklist

"McCaddon narrates in a tone that recalls bygone eras, with an upper-class English accent and a genteel country sensibility that create an evocative atmosphere and transform this biography into an engaging listen." ---AudioFile
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Jane's Fame

How Jane Austen Conquered the World

Author Claire Harman

Narrated by Wanda McCaddon

Publication date Apr 19, 2010

Running time 10 hrs

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