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Previously unpublished illustrations, a revelation of the identity of the mystery lover Jane Austen met in Devon in 1902, and a groundbreaking explanation of her final illness make this a must-read for Austenites Jane Austen is regarded as one of the greatest novelists in the English literary canon, and recent film and television adaptations of her works have brought them to a new audience almost 200 years after her untimely death. Yet much remains unknown about her life, and there is considerable interest in the romantic history of the creator of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy. This account of her life breaks new ground by proposing that she and her sister, Cassandra, fell out over a young clergyman, identified here for the first time. It also suggests that, along with the Addison’s Disease that killed her, Jane Austen suffered from TB. Written by a consummate biographer and endorsed by Diana Shervington, a descendent of one of Austen's brothers, this is a must-read for all lovers of the author and her works.

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