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Jane and Dorothy: A True Tale of Sense and Sensibility: The Lives of Jane Austen and Dorothy Wordsworth...
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Marian Veevers
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Jane and Dorothy: A True Tale of Sense and Sensibility: The Lives of Jane Austen and Dorothy Wordsworth

Marian Veevers


9781643132310

Pegasus Books


Biography;
Biography: general;
Biography: historical, political & military;
Gender studies: women;
Black & Asian studies;
Advocate - Biography


Paperback

336 pages

$35.95
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Jane Austen and Dorothy Wordsworth were born just four years apart, in a world torn between heady revolutionary ideas and fierce conservatism, but their lives have never been examined together before. They both lived in Georgian England, navigated strict social conventions and new ideals, and they were both influenced by Dorothy's brother, the Romantic poet William Wordsworth, and his coterie. They were both supremely talented writers yet often lacked the necessary peace of mind in their search for self-expression. Neither ever married.

Jane and Dorothy uses each life to illuminate the other. For both women, financial security was paramount and whereas Jane Austen hoped to achieve this through her writing, rather than being dependent on her family, Dorothy made the opposite choice and put her creative powers to the use of her brilliant brother, with whom she lived all her adult life.

In this probing book, Marian Veevers discovers a crucial missing piece to the puzzle of Dorothy and William's relationship and addresses enduring myths surrounding the one man who seems to have stolen Jane's heart, only to break it . . .

By:   Marian Veevers
Imprint:   Pegasus Books
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 224mm,  Width: 142mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   400g
ISBN:   9781643132310
ISBN 10:   1643132318
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Marian Veevers lives in the Lake District, just five miles from Grasmere, and works for the Wordsworth Trust. She lectures on Dorothy Wordsworth and is the author of several novels set in Georgian England under the pseudonym Anna Dean, including Bellfield Hall and A Gentleman of Fortune.


An intelligent and sometimes searing portrait of two pivotal women in English literature. Veevers's writing flows effortlessly and sustains interest by moving back and forth between the two women. An admirably researched, sensitive study of authors Jane Austen and Dorothy Wordsworth. Readers familiar with Austen will easily fall in love with Wordsworth as a character in this storied version of the women's lives, and scholars will discover new ways of looking at both women's relationships with their families.

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