Brave Jane Austen, a picture book biography of the groundbreaking female novelist. Perfect for Women's History Month.
Born in the late 1700s, Jane Austen was a smart, creative girl in a house full of boys, all of whom could aspire to accomplish many things as adults while girls were raised primarily to become good wives. Jane didn’t have much opportunity to go to school but she read everything she could, including all the books in her father’s study. And before long, she began to write her own stories, filled with funny, clever, and inventive characters.
Today, Austen’s novels (Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma . . .) are widely read by all ages. She is recognized as one of the most important and influential writers of all time.
"Jane Austen is the pinnacle to which all authors aspire."—J. K. Rowling
Christy Ottaviano Book
The life of Jane Austen, from her childhood to her death at age 41, unfolds in this cozy, pastoral story. Pliscou describes Austen's upbringing as loving, though affected by poverty and illness. Austen, who sought refuge in reading, subverted gender expectations even in her early writing efforts: "Were the girls in her stories sweet and obedient? Not at all!" Austen's refusal to marry a man who would have offered her comfort and stability but not love pivots into her publication of Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. In Corace's mixed-media artwork, Jane and other figures resemble rosy-cheeked ragdolls; botanical details, creeping vines, and feather motifs are repeated in outdoor and indoor scenes. A tender portrayal of an author whose ordinary circumstances led to an extraordinary legacy. Ages 7 10. Illustrator's agent: Steven Malk, Writers House.