Book Reviews by Kady Garrett

Jane Austen by Peter Leithart

Posted on: March 31, 2010

Jane Austen by Peter Leithart

The back of Leithart’s Jane Austen says, “This biography captures the varied sides of Austen’s character and place her Christian faith in a more balanced light with less distortion that has been achieved previously.”  I was previously unaware of Jane having Christian faith, and was a bit disappointed that the book didn’t emphasize it more directly.  After all, the whole point of the Christian Encounters series is to show the Christian faith that certain historical figures contained. 

                Additionally, I was expecting the biography to read more like a novel, like some of the other Christian Encounters books did, but instead found the book to be a typical biography, drolling on and on.  I do feel that Jane Austen was a great subject for Peter Leithart to choose to write for the Christian Encounters series.  Although I was generally disappointed with the format of the book, I did enjoy the little tidbits it contributed from some of Jane’s poems and letters.  In addition, I appreciated how well researched the facts were and found them to be accurate.  In conclusion, I enjoyed the subject of Jane Austen, but did not like the format.

Thanks to Shelby Sledge of Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists for providing me with this book to review!

-Review by Kady GarrettJane Austen by Peter Leithart

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