Catherine Reef’s newest biography - Jane Austen: A Life Revealed - earned a starred review in Booklist , where it is one of the Top Ten Biographies for Youth in 2011.
"Along with extensive details of Austen’s family. . .Reef deftly sets the biographical facts onto a larger cultural and historical canvas that will give readers a much deeper understanding of Austen’s novels, and well-chosen images, from period paintings and photos to contemporary film stills, add even more context." Booklist
“Reef chronicles Austen's short life (she died in 1817 at the age of 41) and explores important relationships, especially the author's deep friendship with her sister Cassandra. Reef also examines Austen's writing process, provides short descriptions of her six novels and opens each chapter with a snippet of her writing, giving a sense of Austen's pithy voice and style. Period illustrations, paintings and movie stills of the many Hollywood versions of Austen's books help readers to connect both with the author's times and with her literary legacy.” Children’s Literature
Catherine Reef is the author of more than 35 nonfiction books for young people. Her books for Clarion include the highly acclaimed John Steinbeck and Sigmund Freud which was the recipient of the 2002 Sydney Taylor Award, presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries. She lives in College Park, Maryland.