Posted by kathleen (elder) on August 12, 1997 at 13:04:04:
In reply to Re: The new Jane Austen biography -- a curator's opinion posted by Caroline on August 12, 1997 at 07:43:52
] Kathleen, do you have time to give us a synopsis of what she did say? I think it was our Ann that asked earlier on opinions on her biographies, and as yet, she has not been answered.
] I have read Dierde Le Faye's book, and I found it jam-packed with info, but a bit dry. I've just got out the Park Honan one, and find it much more pleasant to read, and dealing far better with the question of where she got her characters from, but I havn't yet read enough of it to really form an opinion .
The curator said that the Grosvenor biography was done too hurriedly, and was not completely accurate. She (the curator) thought many of the other books (Le Faye's Park Honan's among) were quite good, with the major difference being style -- Honan's being written in a more conversational way to appeal to the general reader.
By the way, the curator liked all of the Maggie Lane books, and felt that they were accurate as to details. (I had asked about them since there seem to be so many of them.)
When Inko gets back to Pemberley on a regular basis, perhaps she can give us some more info -- she talked to the curator longer than I did.
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