Jane Austen: A Life by Carol Shields and Jane Austen by Marghanita Laski

I picked both of these books up because they were on the recommended reading list for the Jane Austen Summer Camp that I will be attending at the end of July. I have never attended anything like this before and I have to say that I am very excited. As much as I love Jane Austen's novels, I must confess that I have never felt the compulsion to learn more about the authoress herself until recently. I prefered to just get wrapped up in the stories she so beautifully penned.

Both of these books are easy to read and have a somewhat conversational tone to them. The Laski book has over a hundred black and white illustrations that accompany the narrative, which were nice, but didn't really add anything in my opinion. Both books offer similar insights into Jane's life and are fairly straightforward tellings of her life. I find it intriguing that as much as we know about Jane, there is still so much we don't know. I would love to know, as would many other Austinites, what was contained in the correspondence destroyed by her sister, Cassandra. Alas, we shall never know... 

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