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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 Austen’s novels often signal key turning points in the narrative, Byrne explores the small things that held significance in Austen’s personal and creative life: a scrap of paper, a gold chain, an ivory miniature.

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, Austen is set on a wider stage than ever before, revealing a well-traveled and politically aware writer,  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, from Pride and Prejudice to Sense and Sensibility, Emma to Persuasion, and a vivid evocation of the world that shaped her.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Vividly persuasive…The Real Jane Austen is excellent.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Byrne breathes yet more life into Austen and her works by considering the objects that populated her days…The thematic approach offers a revealing picture of Austen and a lively social history…paints a fresh and vivid picture of an inimitable woman.”


  • “Byrne’s aim is to show how these objects, many of them reproduced in her book in lush color plates, reveal a much more cosmopolitan awareness of the world than is commonly credited to Austen.”


  • “Byrne takes Austen seriously as a writer…She brings to life a woman of “wonderful exuberance and self-confidence,” of “firm opinions and strong passions.” Little wonder that every other man she meets seems to fall in love with her.”

    Washington Post

  • “A vivacious portrait…Byrne’s Austen emerges as a worldly woman, profoundly enmeshed in a wider world than she’s often acknowledged to occupy. This is an Austen with a sense for the political as well as for the finer points of sensibility.”

    Publishers Weekly

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