Review: A Memoir of Jane Austen

A Memoir of Jane Austen

By James Edward Austen-Leigh

Available on: Amazon

Overview: A wobbly but loving memoir written by Jane Austen’s family after her demise.

Trigger Warnings:

Purple Prose, Racism, Time Period Accurate Racism, Slight Toxic Masculinity

Body Count: None.

The Specs:

  • Genre
    • Technical Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir
    • Theo Genre: Memoir
  • Page count: 128
  • Publication information:
    • Paperback page count: 128
    • Publisher: This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web.
    • Language:  English
    • ISBN-10: 1503013006
    • ISBN-13: 978-0192840745
    • ASIN: B004UK6WSU

Other Fun Stuff:

To Read or Not To Read (Again):

Bedside Bookshelf Donated Furniture Support

Rating out of five: 1.0 out of 5

Overall review:

Thoughts: Supposedly well-written for the time it was originally published, in 1869, this is more a meandering list of family, some general accomplishments, and an oversimplification of a very complex woman. The destruction of much of Austen’s personal correspondence, per her instructions, make it difficult to paint an accurate picture of the person she was.

An example of this is that even the portrait used in the novel is a copy of a copy of a watercolor once done and was deemed hardly accurate by those who actually knew Austen. Austen-Leigh describes the prolific author as his “dear Aunt Jane” and seems content to ramble about familial connections and his Aunt’s homebody nature than her actual skill.

Overall, disappointing.

I read this as part of my 2019 Diversify Your Reading Challenge.

Was it engaging?

Yes No At times Room for improvement Had to fight through it

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