13 Jul Jon Spence, who has died aged 65, was the author of Becoming Jane Austen, a biographical account of the author’s life that formed the basis. 5 May Available in: Paperback. Jon Spence’s fascinating biography of Jane Austen paints an intimate portrait of the much-loved novelist. Spence’s. All about Becoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence. LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers.

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Jul 09, Ranielle rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I’m pretty sure every biography in the bookstore has a quote on the back about how the book isn’t dry, boring, or overly pedantic.

This is a very, very, very, very thorough examination of Jane Austen’s life and writing. Dec 02, Eileen rated it did not like it Shelves: When asked, towards the end of his life he died inaged 93if he had been in love with Jane Austen, Lefroy replied that he had, “but it was a boyish love”.

Working Class Boy Jimmy Barnes. The Austen-Lefroy relationship was also used as the basis for Jane and Tom: But it’s not true. As for this book being the inspiration behind s;ence movie Becoming Jane- I didn’t get that at all.

He has lived abroad for many years and now divides his time between London and Sydney. Using names anyone would recognize would be a sign of that, for sure. An interesting biography and one I becominng be tempted to compare with austten Jane Austen biographies to see how Spence’s interpretations differ with those of previous biographers.

It feels as though the male author is patting Jane and readers on the back, and saying, “There, there, Jane, I know you have no talent, so stealing plots and characters from male authors is, sadly, just what girl authors have to do. Jon Spence’s fascinating biography of Jane Austen paints an intimate portrait of the much-loved novelist.

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More from the web. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Books with missing cover All stub articles. I’ve read at least four other biographies of Austen and this is the first I recall bfcoming highlight the connection between so many of Austen’s characters – in all her books – and Lefroy’s favorite novel.

I mean it’s definitely not living up the wonderfulness that is Tomalin’s classic take on Austen so far, but it did have moments. It’s true he did have a rich relation on whom he depended entirely, and who had a audten record of giving or withholding money based on his approval of a relative’s marriage. Becoming Jane is sence enlightening read; I do uasten agree with all Spence’s arguments, but he does raise some intriguing points. There are hints of shadows, an awareness of loss etc.

I tell you, I have never laughed so much It was interesting how the author pulled together influences on Jane Austen’s writing. Born Survivors Wendy Holden. I remember seeing “Becoming Jane” and feeling that a fair amount of Hollywood liberty had been taken.

Becoming Jane Austen

Inthe presumed heir to the Austen family fortune, John Austen, lay dying of consumption at the age of thirty-four. Though I enjoyed the idea that Jane Austen was at one time in love with a man named Tom Lefroy, I thought this author stretched facts a little too much for me to believe this was a love that Austen was obsessed with her entire adult life. Feb 15, Diane rated it liked it Shelves: It was on my shelf since the movie came out, and I had loaned it out for a long time, too, before picking it up.

Becoming Jane Austen was first published in hardcover by Hambledon Continuum in Of course, it comes with the two problems that plague you after any book on Austen: I enjoyed this interpretation of Jane Austen.


Spence went on to check the records of when the two were in London the following August and discovered that Jane sent a letter to Cassandra from Cork Street at the time that Lefroy’s great-uncle lived in the same street.

Mar 03, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: Woman in the Wilderness Miriam Lancewood. This website uses cookies to improve user experience. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Spence paints a vivid picture of Jane’s world; her situation and circumstances, their benefits and drawbacks, and the people who influenced her–family and friends, rejected suitors, tiresome acquaintances and unruly nephews. Any Jane Austen fan.

She shares her views on marriage, family, letters between her sister, Cassandra and herself, and a little sneak peak of jn feelings on Tom Lefroy, the only man she lo I truly enjoyed reading this book, albeit slow, it was treasure to get bfcoming glimps into Jane Austen’s life. He never did come back to Stephenton, but Jon Spence submits rather compelling evidence that they did have a deeper relationship than anyone might have supposed.

Sep 12, Tori rated it liked it Shelves: There’s very little information about her romance with Tom Lefroy, merely that they met, she was enamored of him, and Spence believes they may have met again later in life. Jane Austen Claire Tomalin. Becoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence.

As spencce typical biography, it became boring.