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|Claire Tomalin's --Jane Austen: A Life--
Written by Maisy
(8/28/2005 5:33 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Have you read a biography?, penned by Cathy A
It's been ages since I've read this, so I'm rereading a number of passages as we read the letters. I'm finding an excellent companion to the letters. Tomalin's research is carefully documented with many annotations. There are 2 sections of illustrations, including portraits, sketches and paintings of various locations, and plates from early editions of the novels.
There is also a family tree, which is invaluable, reminding me of birth years, and keeping me straight on all the familial relationships. :-)
Note: You also might find it helpful to refer frequently to the topical index to the Letters, found on p. 591 in the pb Le Faye edition.
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