Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World

Jane s Fame How Jane Austen Conquered the World Award winning biographer Claire Harman traces the growth of Jane Austen s fame the changing status of her work and what it has stood for or has been made to stand for in English culture in a wide ran
  • Title: Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World
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  • Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World
    Award winning biographer Claire Harman traces the growth of Jane Austen s fame, the changing status of her work and what it has stood for or has been made to stand for in English culture in a wide ranging study aimed at the general reader This is a story of personal struggle, family intrigue, accident, advocacy and sometimes surprising neglect as well as a history ofAward winning biographer Claire Harman traces the growth of Jane Austen s fame, the changing status of her work and what it has stood for or has been made to stand for in English culture in a wide ranging study aimed at the general reader This is a story of personal struggle, family intrigue, accident, advocacy and sometimes surprising neglect as well as a history of changing public tastes and critical practices Starting with Austen s own experience as a beginning author and addressing her difficulties getting published and her determination to succeed , Harman unfolds the history of how her estate was handled by her brother, sister, nieces and nephews, and goes on to explore the eruption of public interest in Austen in the last two decades of the nineteenth century, the making of her into a classic English author in the twentieth century, the critical wars that erupted as a result and, lastly, her powerful influence on contemporary phenomena such as chick lit, romantic comedy, the heritage industry and film Part biography and part cultural history, this book does not just tell a fascinating story it is essential reading for anyone interested in Austen s life, works and remarkably potent fame.
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  • Claire Harman

    Claire Harman began her career in publishing, at Carcanet Press and the poetry magazine PN Review, where she was co ordinating editor.Her first book, a biography of the writer Sylvia Townsend Warner, was published in 1989 and won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for a writer of growing stature under the age of 35 She has since published biographies of Fanny Burney and Robert Louis Stevenson and edited works by Stevenson and Warner She writes short stories for radio and publication and was runner up for the V.S.Pritchett prize for short fiction in 2008 Her latest book is a mixture of biography and criticism, Jane s Fame How Jane Austen Conquered the World.Claire has taught English at the Universities of Manchester and Oxford and creative writing at Columbia University in New York City She has appeared on radio and television and writes regularly for the literary press on both sides of the Atlantic, reviewing books, films, plays and exhibitions.She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2006.


  • This is an immensely readable combination of biography, literary analysis, and personal essay, both exasperating and enlightening.It is at its most exasperating when Harman attempts to tell us what Austen or her contemporaries were thinking, or what they really meant it is best at uncovering facts and patterns relating to Austen s publication history, reviews, biographies, and mentions in wildly ranging contexts after Austen s death.Examples of the former page 46, in quoting a letter between Jan [...]

  • Yeah, my dad bought me two books about Jane Austen a few birthdays ago, and I figured I should read them back to back so I could compare them The other was A Brief Guide to Jane Austen This one, Jane s Fame How Jane Austen Conquered the World is much less a biography or analysis of her individual novels and much an examination of how Austen went from moderately successful author in her time to forgotten to skyrocketing fame within two hundred years Claire Harman clearly lays out not just what i [...]

  • I don t know, I thought this was sort of shallow It s far from a full biography whatever the back cover claims to the contrary , and even the later chapters, on Austen s cultural influence, were not as in depth as I would have liked For someone who s less well read about Austen, this probably would be a good read for me, it was less than I thought it could have been I think I was expecting something like Lucasta Miller s The Bronte Myth and just didn t get it.

  • Not everyone is a fan of Jane Austen, but this work of literary history is a wonderful example of how an author s work comes in and out of fashion and how it becomes distorted as various heirs, critics and fans put their spin on it The Divine Jane, as some call her, certainly earned her place on the literary pantheon for her radical departure from the outlandishly dramatic Edwardian novels of her day In contrast to all that fantasy and hyperbole around her, her novels focused on everday life amo [...]

  • What is all this about Jane Austen What is there in her What is it all about Letter from Joseph Conrad to H.G Wells in 1901 Jane Austen 16 December 1775 18 July 1817 is one of the most widely read writers in English literature Her novels are amongst the best known in the English language, and have been adapted for film and television Today, close to 200 years after her death, Jane Austen is popular than ever But why is this During her lifetime she had little fame and her novels were not particu [...]

  • 3.5 starsThis is one of those books I didn t know I needed until after I read it It was an intriguing, rounded look at one of England s most beloved authors Instead of examining Jane Austen s life and works, Harman focuses on Austen s legacy as an author She ranges from Austen s fame during her lifetime to the eagerness of the early Janeites to the coming of Colin Firth s Mr Darcy Published in 2009, this book already feels dated, but it still plays an interesting role in putting Austen in her hi [...]

  • Review written for The Bookstudio For all the love showered on Jane Austen through cinematic lovefests, academic treatises, and I d Rather Be Reading Jane Austen bumper stickers, the author herself gets rather lost in the chatter The sparse details of Austen s biography and her brief catalogue of six novels permit today s fans to imagine whatever they will of the British literary titan Among the most common tropes about Divine Jane That she was indifferent to fame, writing novels set squarely in [...]

  • In 1815, Jane Austen published Emma, dedicated by permission or rather command to the Prince Regent, who was Austen s highest profile fan, keeping a set of her novels in all his residences What is less well known is that during Queen Victoria s reign, the Prince s beautifully bound presentation copy of Emma was relegated to the servants library And apparently it wasn t too popular there, which is why it remains in excellent condition today.Despite attracting patronage from aristocracy and royalt [...]

  • This was a biography, not of Jane Austen, but of her fame, in the Regency sense her reputation, her interpretation, her known ness , and how it s developed from the time she was first publishing until now I m not, after reading it, totally sure who the audience for this book was meant to be, but the book makes a persuasive argument that just by having Jane in the title, there will be a large and dedicated audience, many of them intelligent, many of them dipshits And the fact that I felt like I w [...]

  • Almost 4 stars.It s odd and quirky and jam packed with information, but bogs down a bit midway through.Harman traces how Jane Austen became popular, from when she initially wrote the books, through publication, republication, her biography by her nephew James Edward Austen Leigh, on through other books about her, right up through Colin Firth in a wet shirt.It s fascinating and I enjoyed it, but going decade by decade through the 1800s and early 1900s was just a wee bit tedious I thought it could [...]

  • If one was only going to read one book about Jane Austen, this is the one I d recommend Harman covers Austen s life, literary influences, work habits, as well as the public and critical reception her books have received in the years since their first drafts Few regular readers are interested I think in critical analysis as practiced by professors of English literature, but Harman gives concise and fairly entertaining overviews of the many theories, as well as an idea of how well they ve been rec [...]

  • 2.5 StarsAs my review is off topic and may not conform to the new TOS of this site whatever that may be , if you wish to read my thought then please click here to read it on my blog.

  • Every Jane Austen fan must read this book More than just a biography, this book is a literary history told from both the academic critical and business publishing perspectives It follows Jane s fame up till our times with a chapter called Jane Austen TM, which includes a discussion of the films, the Colin Firth pond scene insertion, and fan sites such as the Republic of Pemberley My own intro to JA, through the 1980 Masterpiece Theatre version was not mentioned, nor was the fanfic phenomenon Of [...]

  • Plenty has been said and written about Jane Austen s novels and plenty about Jane herself Yet the woman remains frustratingly out of reach There has never been a satisfying portrait of her she died 10 years before the first photograph came into history and reports about her character vary greatly No one is even quite sure what her hair color was But she was known for a satirical wit, a sweet temperament and an eagerness to make money to supplement her family s dwindling income and, of course, th [...]

  • 4.75 teacups out of 5 for Claire Harman s Jane s Fame How Jane Austen Conquered the World What a delight What a pleasure This lovely non fiction book traces Jane Austen s strange journey from a well kept mostly local secret to world literary powerhouse This is a reread for me The book wears well I believe most Jane Austen fans, from Team Marianne me to Team Elinor, will find something to like I know a wide range of Austen fans who have liked this book Perhaps some of the early 20th century parts [...]

  • I enjoyed this book It was informative and occasionally entertaining Clearly, a lot of research went into it there are about 30 pages of notes and sources , but parts of it felt overly drawn out, as though the author wanted to mention every source she used, even when they said essentially the same thing All this made it a bit repetitive at times as well The first part is a biography that seems to say over and over how little is actually know about Jane Austen But it is well written so most of th [...]

  • As a recent convert to the Austen fan club, I regard this volume as essential for all Janenites It provides the pithy details of the publication history, critical responses, and changing attitudes to Jane Austen s oeuvre a word she would have derisively challenged Harmon is an apt commentator and has done previous literary critiques and biographical studies on Fanny Burney and R L Stevenson Her writing reflects her scholarly background at Oxford and Columbia without the pretentious cant often as [...]

  • As someone who reads Austen for her ironic wit, I really enjoyed this history of Jane Austen biographies and critical views over the last two hundred years Harman obviously loves the Austen novels and yet, still looks with a wry eye on the Jane Austen of popular culture She doesn t often express her own opinions out right, but it s clear at times what she doesn t think much of some manifestations of Jane olotry, e.g the proliferation of TV versions of the novels that have little to do with the o [...]

  • Not a biography and not a scholarly analysis into the various books but a straightforward and satisfying romp through all things Jane It begins within her lifetime with the publication of her books and her modest success It looks at the years immediately after her death when her family assumed that she would be all but forgotten She was forgotten for about 20 years after her death and then a rediscovery of her books and a biography encouraged a longing for and Her fame is now, nearly 200 years [...]

  • This is a very informative book on Austen s fame from her own lifetime to the present It gives a bit of biographical information, quotes a lot of famous scholars through the ages and their opinion of Jane Austen and does a good job in documenting the rise of Janeism The style is not always scholarly, but this makes it a fairly easy and pleasant read.Unfortunately, there s a but The last chapter differs enormously from the rest, in that the author reveals herself as a thorough Austen fan which is [...]

  • Those who know a little about Jane Austen s life, know that she didn t always enjoy the vast readership and iconic status that she does today Throughout her lifetime, when her newly published novels were fashionable and her identity a curious mystery, Jane Austen only received some mild popularity and acclaim And when she died and her identity was revealed, the reading world did not immediately embrace our beloved author, and her fame dwindled We all know that since then, Jane Austen s fame and [...]

  • To someone who has spent the major part of his life in the city of Bath this book is irresistable It begins by documenting the twenty year struggle of a professional writer living in a family of writers to gain publication and subsequent recognition It then catalogues the near two hundred year history of the success of the ensuing publications and the fame of the author around the world It is a most erudite study and I am pleased that Claire Harman puts in a kind word for Gwyneth Hughers Miss Au [...]

  • Although I have considered Jane Austen to be my favorite author for several years now it has only been recently that I ve really spent time reading about her life Harmon chronicles Austen s rise from almost obscurity after her death to her steady rise to fame from the late 1800s into present day Harmon does not spend a lot of time on present day interest except to discuss the movie versions, specifically the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice.I would recommend this to anyone looking for an easy [...]

  • This is a biography of Jane Austen mixed with a dissertation on why she s as famous as she is It s compulsively readable, very well written and full of sly, dry humor that occasionally sounds a lot like Jane Austen herself Plus I owe most of my knowledge of Austen s life to this book.Claire Harman also knows how to keep her reader interested without spilling into silly tangents involving writing scenes from Jane Austen s viewpoint something I really hate in non fiction books I wish this book was [...]

  • I have read every bio there is about Jane So, I had read much of this information in bits and pieces, but it is nice to have this research detailed all in one book the metamorphosis of her amazing success mostly posthumous I love Jane It is January Biography month I love to read bios in January

  • Very interesting account of Jane s popularity and exploration of her cult status It s pretty incredible that someone who wrote six novels two hundred years ago and was hardly considered important in her own time now has the recognition and obsessed hoards of devotees seen today.

  • For my full review girlwithherheadinabook 2This is my second year of Austen in August I really appreciate the opportunity to take the time to think about why Austen is quite so great, but one of the reasons why she is so popular is because it does seem rather unexpected that a parson s daughter who traveled little during her lifetime and whose years were short should have reached such a level of celebrity Jane Austen is an icon famous even to those who have never read a line of her work I have a [...]

  • Although I have read about half of Jane Austen s books, and enjoyed them, I would not consider myself a member of the Jane Austen book club I ve always been fascinated with the fact that she 1 Essentially created the modern novel2 Definitely inspired every modern romance novel3 Pretty much set the plot for every movie rom com in existenceSo this book seemed like a good fit And while there is SOME of that discussion, especially how her novels differed from the common swashbuckling novels of her [...]

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