Author: Claire Tomalin
My rating on a 1 – 10 scale: 10
Time Period: Written in modern times.
Main Characters: Jane Austen
My Review: Jane Austen: A Life is the best biography on Jane Austen I have ever read (and I’ve read several). The biography is written in a semi-story format. Claire Tomalin takes myths, traditions, and hard facts about Jane Austen a makes a highly entertaining biography. It has a whole chapter devoted to Mansfield Park – “Inside Mansfield Park” which I enjoyed. I think I can say that M.P. is my favorite Jane Austen novel.
My overall opinion: A great book, entertaining read, and a good authority on Jane Austen and her family.