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Jane Austen: A Life - Carol Shields A very enjoyable and engaging biography of Jane Austen. I never fully realized how isolated Jane Austen was from any community of artists. She was fortunate to have a supportive family who read and encouraged her work and sympathized with her setbacks and frustrations, but as an artist, she was very alone. Only in the last ten years of her short life, did she receive any validation in the form of publication and a wider audience beyond her family circle. It makes her already-impressive achievements that much more amazing.