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By James Edward Austen-Leigh

ISBN-10: 0192840746

ISBN-13: 9780192840745

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

In project to write down this "memoir" in regards to the lifetime of his fabulous aunt, J.E.Austen-Leigh absolutely the mores of the days in keeping her privateness. however the little he tells his readers approximately his thoughts of Jane Austen are worthy a cautious perusal, if in basic terms simply because he knew her. those that understand from her books concerning the sharpness of her humorousness and satire will take with a grain of salt her portrayal right here as regularly genteel and decorous. yet he does have the ability to exhibit a feeling of her playfulness, creativity, and inventiveness, and he's justified in pertaining to her as a genius.

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

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Jane had been absent from home when this resolution was taken; and, as her father was always rapid both in forming his resolutions and acting on them, she had little time to reconcile herself to the change. (p. ) His account is brisk but compassionate, and a little distant. He hints at his subject’s strength of attachment, her exclusion from the decision-making process, and her powerlessness to reverse it, but he also notes that such is ‘generally’ the feeling of imaginative 24 Claire Tomalin, Jane Austen: A Life (London: Viking, ), – and .

His account is brisk but compassionate, and a little distant. He hints at his subject’s strength of attachment, her exclusion from the decision-making process, and her powerlessness to reverse it, but he also notes that such is ‘generally’ the feeling of imaginative 24 Claire Tomalin, Jane Austen: A Life (London: Viking, ), – and . Castle, ‘Sister-Sister’, p. . See also Claire Tomalin, The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft (; Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, ),  ff. xxxviii Introduction ‘young persons’.

The trajectory of her fiction is determined by her need for reconnection with her natal environment. The suppression of those letters (which if they ever did exist can only be allowed, in the interests of biographical consistency, to witness to dispossession and a loss of self) and the equally apocryphal transformation of great distress into something greater, a temporary loss of consciousness (she fainted), provide the kind of discontinuities the biographer can turn to some purpose. 28 It marks an end, but it might also mark a new beginning––the move to Bath and a wider social scene, with more variety and incident to fuel the aspiring novelist’s imagination.

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