From her youth in a country rectory in Steventon, a small village in Hampshire, Englandwhere she wrote her first stories for her friends, Volume the First, Volume the Second, and Volume the Thirdto the fashionable spa town of Bath, to the seaport of Southampton, to her final years in her last settled home at peaceful Chawton Cottage, where she penned her most famous novel, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austens life was hardly that of a shut in. A regular visitor to London, to the seashore for holidays, and to the estates of friends and relatives, Jane carried her own notion of home with her wherever she went and drew inspiration for her brilliantly witty novels from every new experience. She wrote most everywhere she traveled, accompanied by her portable writing desk.
With gorgeous photography and illustrations, At Home with Jane Austen explores Austens world, her physical surroundings, and the journeys the popular author took during her lifetime. Author Kim Wilson ties Austens novels to places where she lived, visited, and even attended school, ending with her final months in temporary lodgings in Winchester, England. Jane Austens enduring legacy is the final chapter of this beautiful and eye-opening book.
Kim Wilson is the author of Tea with Jane Austen and In The Garden with Jane Austen. She lives in Waukesha, Wisconsin.