101 Things You Didn’t Know About Jane Austen by Patrice Hannon

My sister saw this book and bought it for me.  In 101 Things You Didn’t Know About Jane Austen: The Truth About the World’s Most Intriguing Literary Heroine (New York:  Fall River Press, 2007), Patrice Hannon takes a novel approach to a biography.  Short, focused chapters make for easy reading and, along with the limited length of the book, will attract lay readers (i.e., non-English majors or professors).  Hannon relates events and people in Austen’s novels to those in her own life.

Of course, the title is a bit confusing because Austen isn’t really a “literary heroine”; that role is reserved for the protagonist of a literary work.

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