The author of our favorite Jane Austen biography (and many other books), Elizabeth Jenkins, has died at age 104. If you haven’t had a chance to read her JA bio, try to track down a copy. Other bios may have surpassed it in scholarship (and making-stuff-upship) but we can’t think of one that tops it in sheer readability and just plain good writing. It’s not in print, but it’s easy to track down a used copy or find it at your library via inter-library loan.
Miss Jenkins also was one of the founders of the Jane Austen Society and very much involved in the early work of securing Chawton Cottage and converting it into a museum and a place of pilgrimage for all Janeites.