Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Jane Austen: Christian Encounters

Jane Austen by Peter Leithart is a biography focusing on one of the most talented writers in history. Well-known classics such as Pride and Prejudice and Emma were written by Austen. Leithart presents Austen’s biography from a somewhat Christian perspective. He does not make her seem like a saint, but he does point out many details in her writing that he believes illustrates her personal faith. The biography covers Austen’s entire life and gives an extensive accounting of her family tree.

This biography of Jane Austen was very detailed and I certainly can appreciate detail. However, at times it was tedious to read because of the amount of detail. I greatly enjoyed chapter five which addressed Austen as a published author. This is a book that I would recommend checking out from the library before you buy. A Jane Austen fanatic would probably love it, but a less enthusiastic reader might not get past chapter two.

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