WINNER of a SILVER IPPY Award in Biographies | WINNER ForeWord Book-of-the-Year | WINNER Indie Excellence Award
What was Jane Austen like as a child?
What were her formative influences and experiences, her challenges and obstacles, that together set her on the path toward becoming a writer?
Drawing upon a wide array of sources, including Austen’s own books and correspondence, Lisa Pliscou has created a “speculative biography” which, along with 20 charming black-and-white illustrations, offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of young Jane Austen.
Also included is a richly detailed, annotated version of the biographical narrative and an overview of Austen’s life, legacy, and the era in which she lived, as well as a timeline of her key childhood events.
Young Jane Austen is sure to intrigue anyone interested
in Jane Austen, in writing and the creative process,
and in the triumph of the artistic spirit.
"Lisa Pliscou has written a beautiful little book on the early life of Jane Austen. Based on extensive research, Young Jane Austen will delight anyone who has ever been enchanted by the marvelous wit and storytelling of one of our greatest authors, and wondered how Jane’s own childhood compared with those of her most memorable characters."
—Laura Fraser, author of All Over the Map and An Italian Affair
“Gracefully written and illustrated, Lisa Pliscou’s Young Jane Austen offers captivating insights into Austen’s early years and her sometimes rocky path toward becoming a writer, in an era when this was decidedly not a ‘proper’ career choice for a girl. Teenagers especially will relate to young Jane’s challenges and struggles in finding her way — finding her unique voice — in life. This is a great biographical introduction to Austen, and to her novels as well. I learned much about one of my top-ten authors of all time!” —Nancy Gruver, founder and CEO of New Moon Girl Media, board member of the Brave Girls Alliance, and author of How to Say It to Girls