A Memoir of Jane Austen: And Other Family Recollections by James Edward Austen-Leigh

By James Edward Austen-Leigh

Jane Austen (as is so cogently famous during this quantity) won little detect or reputation in the course of her unfortunately brief lifestyles. Likewise, except her six novels and a few letters, little basic proof exists to enlighten her admirers. sadly, it used to be universal within the nineteenth century for households to burn all fabrics believed to be too own or too revealing.

In venture to write down this "memoir" concerning the lifetime of his extraordinary aunt, J.E.Austen-Leigh absolutely the mores of the days in holding her privateness. however the little he tells his readers approximately his stories of Jane Austen are worthy a cautious perusal, if merely simply because he knew her. those that comprehend from her books in regards to the sharpness of her humorousness and satire will take with a grain of salt her portrayal right here as continuously genteel and decorous. yet he does be able to exhibit a feeling of her playfulness, creativity, and inventiveness, and he's justified in touching on her as a genius.

Written in a now antiquated variety, parts of this narrow memoir should be demanding going, however it is definitely worth the attempt.

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Fergus, Jan, Jane Austen: A Literary Life (Basingstoke and London: Macmillan, ). Hill, Constance, Jane Austen: Her Homes and Her Friends (; London: John Lane, ). Hodge, Jane Aiken, The Double Life of Jane Austen (London: Hodder and Stoughton, ). Select Bibliography lv Honan, Park, Jane Austen: Her Life (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, ). Jenkins, Elizabeth, Jane Austen: A Biography (London: Gollancz, ; rev. , ). Le Faye, Deirdre, ‘Jane Austen and her Hancock Relatives’, Review of English Studies,   (), –.

Literary biography in particular is bound to the twinned assumptions that a life can be written and that its writing is pre-given, part of the natural fit, according to which its texts must already exist and be recoverable as the chronology of thought and feeling attending a Introduction xxxi sequence of events. Commenting on the paucity of textual clues to Jane Austen’s response to the emotional crises of –, David Nokes despairingly asks: ‘Why do we have no letters from this period? It can hardly be because Jane Austen did not write any .

January, Cassandra Austen born at Steventon;  March, the Revd Austen becomes Rector of Deane as well as Steventon; Pupils are boarded at Steventon from now until .   April, Francis (Frank) Austen born at Steventon.   December, JA born at Steventon.   June, Charles Austen born at Steventon.  Marriage of JA’s cousin, Eliza Hancock, to Jean-François Capot de Feuillide, in France.  Edward Austen adopted by Mr and Mrs Thomas Knight of Godmersham, Kent. – JA and Cassandra attend the Abbey School, Reading.

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