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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (421 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Claire Harman Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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If you mention Jane Austen, 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 200 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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nicole | 2/20/2014

    " Really interesting, quite meta (as it's not really about the novels &c., but about JA's legacy from her lifetime through the present), and mercifully short. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 1/28/2014

    " Although I have considered Jane Austen to be my favorite author for several years now it has only been recently that I've really spent time reading about her life. Harmon chronicles Austen's rise from almost obscurity after her death to her steady rise to fame from the late 1800s into present day. Harmon does not spend a lot of time on present day interest except to discuss the movie versions, specifically the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice.I would recommend this to anyone looking for an easy to read chronicle of her life and lasting legacy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ayne Ray | 1/24/2014

    " As an ardent Austen fan I loved this exploration into her life and its analysis of her literary and cultural impact. A definite must for Janeites, the book is also easily accessible to the more casual fan, and provides excellent analysis of how her works have transcended time for their sharp satire and wit, refuting the belief by some that they are simple romances. There is nothing simple about them, and it's their depth and complexity that has made them such perennial favorites. If you haven't partaken in any Austen outside of the movies, pick up a copy of one of her books and prepare to be delighted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by kellyjane1212 | 1/24/2014

    " I enjoyed reading this book, particularly the first half which details the gradual rise of Jane Austen's popularity through the nineteenth century. "

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About the Author

Claire Harman is the author of Sylvia Townsend Warner, which won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize; Fanny Burney, which was short-listed for the Whitbread Prize; and the critically acclaimed Robert Louis Stevenson. Elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2006, Harman teaches at the Universities of Manchester and Oxford in England and Columbia University in New York City.