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The Austen Girls

The Story of Jane & Cassandra Austen, the Closest of Sisters

Helen Amy



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Amberley Publishing
15 June 2019
British & Irish history; Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900; Social & cultural history
Jane and Cassandra Austen were the closest of sisters from early childhood. Cassandra was the most important person in Jane's life, Jane looked up to and adored her older sister, who was devoted to and adored her in return. As well as sharing the same education, interests, friends and Christian faith, the inseparable sisters supported each other through various emotional crises and family troubles. Most importantly, Cassandra, who was privy to Jane's imaginary world, supported and encouraged her in her writing. The Austen Girls explores the lives of the Austen sisters and traces their special relationship throughout Jane's life and literary career, until Jane's premature death at the age of forty-one. It also looks at Cassandra's life after the loss of her sister.
By:   Helen Amy
Imprint:   Amberley Publishing
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   567g
ISBN:   9781445675862
ISBN 10:   1445675862
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   15 June 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

After leaving university with a BA in English Literature and history Helen worked for a number of years in the Court Service before becoming a full time mother of three. Her interest in the life and works of Jane Austen developed from the research she did for her MA dissertation which was about the lives of women in late Georgian England.

Reviews for The Austen Girls: The Story of Jane & Cassandra Austen, the Closest of Sisters

`Their affection for each other was extreme; it passed the common love of sisters; and it had been so from childhood. They were everything to each other. They seemed to lead a life to themselves within the general family life, which was shared only by each other. I will not say that their true, but their fullfeelings and opinions were known only to themselves. They alone fully understood what each other had suffered and felt and thought.' -- Anna Austen Lefroy, niece

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