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The Real Jane Austen
The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things | Paula Byrne
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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 Austens novels often signal key turning points in the narrative, Byrne explores the small things a scrap of paper, a gold chain, an ivory miniature that held significance in Austens personal and creative life. 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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CrowCAH
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Through The Great Courses you can take a class about Jane Austen!!! Of course for a reasonable price.

#PemberLittens

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quietjenn
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Thank you so much, @4thhouseontheleft for this lovely #AVeryAustenHolidaySwap package! So much goodness, I don't even know where to begin. I'm so impressed that you made the ornament! It's really cool, as are the sweets, socks, and lip balm (minty!). And I'm very stoked about the books. I'll most definitely be participating in the #buddyread 🙂 I really hope your package arrives soon.
#averyaustenholiday #avahs @sprainedbrain @Chrissyreadit

Chrissyreadit Love all of it!!!!😍😍😍 12mo
RaimeyGallant Uh, I think this was sent to the wrong address. My address is... ;) 12mo
LeahBergen Lovely! 😍 12mo
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Gissy So pretty!!!❤️❤️❤️Love the socks and those chocolates 😋 12mo
Chrissyreadit @RaimeyGallant 🤣🤣🤣🤣 12mo
4thhouseontheleft Yay!! I‘m so glad the ornament made it in one piece! I‘m so happy you like everything! 12mo
DebinHawaii Gorgeous everything! 😍I was going to attempt ornaments this year but the time got away & it would not have been as beautiful as this one! 12mo
sprainedbrain 😍 😍 😍 12mo
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JANEissarilyAUSTENtatious
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Dcueto
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Now for $2.99 on amazon, apple, Barnes and nobles, google and kobo! #pemberlittens

sprainedbrain Oh thanks! I hadn‘t bought any books for a whole day! 😂 1y
Dcueto @sprainedbrain 🤣🤣🤣 happy I can help ! 1y
jenniferajanes Thanks! I got it last night. It was still on sale. 😱🎉📚 1y
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rubyslippersreads
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One of the biographies @jenniferw88 mentioned in her excellent roundup of Jane-ish books for #PemberLittens is an #ebookdeal today. #kindledeal #kindle #nook #ebook

jenniferw88 That's a handy coincidence! 😂😊😘 1y
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OriginalCyn620
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Reading Austen whilst wearing my Austen socks.
#nonfiction2018 #socksunday

ValPenny I had a singing teacher called Jane Austin once upon a time..... 3y
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Mindyrecycles
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Chrissyreadit @CrowCAH @LeahBergen have you read this? 3y
CrowCAH @Chrissyreadit no I haven‘t. Have you? (edited) 3y
Chrissyreadit @CrowCAH I have not, but it sounds good. I stacked it even though my TBR is probably at 500 Books. 3y
Crinoline_Laphroaig Best part of #austeninaugust finding new books! 3y
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LeahBergen
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And the #JaneAustenSwap stalking begins! 🎉

Here are some of my books about Jane: nonfiction on the right and “fiction based on her work” on the left. I didn‘t bother including my copies of her novels. 😆

Thank you to @sprainedbrain and @mabell for this most awesome of swaps. 😘

wanderinglynn ❤️❤️❤️ I‘m so excited about the #JaneAustenSwap! I was shopping earlier for bookish Austen things 4y
mabell Nice! 👍 Any favorites in there? Just for research purposes. 😉 4y
Sarah83 Looks pretty great. 😍 4y
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rubyslippersreads Fabulous collection! 😍😍😍 4y
Kalalalatja What a stack 😍 4y
Sophoclessweetheart I want them all 😍😍😍😍 4y
Melissa_J Thank you for this idea! I‘ve borrowed it to help my match 😊 4y
LeahBergen @wanderinglynn I‘m super excited, too! 4y
LeahBergen @mabell A lot of these are still TBR but I recommend 4y
LeahBergen @Sarah83 @rubyslippersreads @Kalalalatja @Wanderingwithwords Thanks! But I still need more, of course. 😂😂 4y
mabell Thank you! I'll make note. I was asking for a friend. 😆 4y
LeahBergen @mabell 😂😂 4y
erzascarletbookgasm I‘m drooling over your stack! 😆 4y
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TommieMarie74
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3. My favorite Jane Austen relationship is Emma and Mr. Knightley. They are friends for many years and familiar with each other. They each had their quirks and appreciated those quirks in each other.

#JaneAustenGiveaway

GypsyKat 💗💗💗 4y
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eanderson
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1. Jane Austen, of course! 🤗
2. Back to the 90‘s!!! I miss boy bands.
3. I would want Jennifer Lawrence (she is gorgeous and funny!)but probably Bindy Erwin. I get told that I look kind of like her. I don‘t see it but whatever.
4. @robinb 💕
#tuesdaytidbits

JenlovesJT47 💕90s boy bands are the best!! 4y
robinb #JaneAustenFanClub ❤️, 90s boy bands 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏😍 4y
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#TuesdayTidbits
1. Jane Austen, and I would introduce her to fangirling, which I‘d be doing a lot of.
2. 1969, to see how good a hippie I would‘ve made.
3. Mila Kunis, but she‘d have to get some curls!
4. I tag @MallenNC and anyone else who wants to play!

JenlovesJT47 💚💚💚 4y
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LeahBergen
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#Money

A royalty cheque, made out to Miss Jane “Austin”, for the sum of Qb 18s 1d. It‘s signed by John Murray, her publisher (who was also the publisher of Lord Byron).

#150PnPCoverParty

Leniverse Couldn't even get her name right... 4y
Moray_Reads I don't want to brag, Leah, but I'm pretty sure we have the original of this cheque at work, along with several others. The John Murray Archive is one of the most significant parts of our collections 😜 4y
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LeahBergen @Moray_Reads I saw that when I checked the photo credits (you braggart). 😂😂 4y
CrowCAH That is such a cool picture to have in a book!!! I‘ll have to remember to take a pic of my first royalty check. 4y
Moray_Reads @LeahBergen I can't help it. Working with Special Collections can make you a bit inured to rare and significant volumes. Some things are always impressive though 😆 4y
batsy Very cool! 4y
DeborahSmall @Moray_Reads your job sounds amazing!!! 💕 4y
DeborahSmall I thought the prompt for the 1st was ‘estates‘ so who fucked up? 4y
LeahBergen @DeborahSmall That would be @CrowCAH 😂 No, she actually just reversed the order of the first two days and I had screenshot and posted the older graphic. 4y
LeahBergen @Moray_Reads You really do have the most amazing job. I always love when you share photos from the collections! 😍 (edited) 4y
rohit-sawant So cool! 4y
Reviewsbylola I may need to get this for my trip!! 4y
CrowCAH @DeborahSmall sorry, my mistake. I changed the order so the opening line could open up the month. 4y
eastbaykate So cool. 4y
LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola It‘s such an interesting way to write a biography of Austen, through descriptions of her personal possessions. 4y
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TaciturnWhenReading
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Happy birthday, Jane Austen! ❤️❤️❤️

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josie281
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TBR by end of month. Fingers crossed I can do it! About half way through the bottom two (both are excellent) and have not started either up top!

TheKidUpstairs I've heard such great things about 4y
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josie281
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Took a walk at lunch. The snow melted and it‘s fall for a little longer! Started this and quite enjoyable so far!

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EvieBee Looks too beautiful to eat! What is in the little white dish? 4y
Brona @EvieBee it's a green juice #nomnom 4y
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Brona
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#AusteninAugustRBR @RoofBeamReader some short stories & my lucky prize from last year's AinA (or was it the year before?)

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Bookish_B
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On the anniversary of Jane Austen's death: these are from a trip I took a few years ago because I'm that crazy fan you've heard about. I visited her house in Chawton, Bath for part of the Jane Austen Festival and then the place where Jane died (Top pic. Close-up of the plaque on the bottom left) and where she's buried (bottom right). It was a totally nerdy, bookish trip but I LOVED it 🤓

ValerieAndBooks Definitely looks like fun!! 4y
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Mc_cart_ny
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I opened my #LitsySummerSolstice letter from @BrainyHeroine this evening and she got my two ebooks, The Real Jane Austen and The Weight of Lies, as well as a gift card to Amazon so I can pick a few other books. I can't wait to read these two books and use my gift card! I'm thinking about buying some really pretty editions of Jane Austen novels....Thank you, so much!! 😘

#SummerSantaGoesPostal
#BookMail

@BookishMarginalia

Mc_cart_ny P.S. That card is gorgeous! 🌹 4y
BrainyHeroine Yay!!!!! I am so glad you liked it!! 4y
BookishMarginalia @Mc_cart_ny I'm so glad you liked your gift! I know @BrainyHeroine was worried about being nontraditional 💜❤️💜 4y
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BookishMarginalia
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Highly recommended! Organizing the book around objects gives it a broader focus than most Austen biographies have, as it examines family members, locations, current events... I learned a lot; it's really worth reading!

SG2014 I love all things Jane Austen! Added to the HUGE TBR pile 5y
Melissa_J Excellent! I'm moving it closer to the top of my TBR pile 👍🏻 5y
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BookishMarginalia
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Taking by a break from news and politics by delving into an interesting biography of Jane Austen and family through objects. 👍🏼

Melissa_J I have this one waiting to be read. I'm looking forward to your thoughts on it. 5y
Birdsong28 Try this. 📖📖 5y
rustoryhuf I will read just bout anything Austen. 5y
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@Tanner Thank you so much for my wonderful gifts! I love the mug-it is beautiful and I will think of you &#litsy whenever I drink tea 😄Bookmarks are always in high demand and it is so pretty to boot! I am thrilled with the book about life in Jane Austen's time and can't wait to read it!❤️ Thanks again Tanya and thanks to @BookishMarginalia for making all this joy happen! #wintersolsticebookexchange #secretsantagoespostal

RanaElizabeth That's a gorgeous mug! Love the black and white. 5y
Tanner @Julsmarshall I'm so glad you like them (I was a bit nervous after sending the package). Enjoy, and Happy Holidays! 5y
LeahBergen This book is great! 👍🏼 5y
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Jen2
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So good and desperately needed!!

LeahBergen I have this! (and should pick it up soon 😬) 5y
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LeahBergen
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Here are some books about #womenwriters, shown with some of my collection of souvenir floating pens ... the writing implement of choice for the most serious of authors, I'm sure 😉 #SomethingforSept

britt_brooke Nice photo! 📷 5y
rubyslippersreads I have more than half of these, and must go order the rest! 😄 5y
MrBook #NiceStack! And here we go again, just keep making my TBR pile grow and grow, why don't ya? 😜 5y
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LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I just THOUGHT you might! 😂 5y
LeahBergen @MrBook I do what I can, you know? 😉 5y
DebinHawaii Great stack and I adore floating pens! 🖊❤️📚 5y
LeahBergen @DebinHawaii Aren't they great? I always buy one (and a souvenir bookmark) wherever I travel ... and end up using both on my trip. I have a Last Supper pen from Bethlehem where the bread slides back and forth on the table 😂 5y
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