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 existence. Likewise, except her six novels and a few letters, little basic facts 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 jot down this "memoir" in regards to the lifetime of his tremendous aunt, J.E.Austen-Leigh absolutely the mores of the days in retaining her privateness. however the little he tells his readers approximately his stories of Jane Austen are worthy a cautious perusal, if purely simply because he knew her. those that recognize 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 consistently genteel and decorous. yet he does be capable 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 type, parts of this slender memoir might be demanding going, however it is well worth the attempt.
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London: Richard Bentley, ). —— Memoir of Jane Austen, ed. R. W. , but omitting Lady Susan and The Watsons. —— A Memoir of Jane Austen, included as an appendix to Persuasion, ed. D. W. Harding (Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, ). —— A Memoir of Jane Austen, with an introduction by Fay Weldon (reprint of R. W. ; London: Century Hutchinson, ; and Folio Society, ). ; London: Routledge/Thoemmes Press, ). Contemporary Reviews of J. E. [Margaret O. Oliphant], Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, (), – (reviewed with A.
But hints in Fanny Caroline Lefroy’s ‘Family History’ suggest that Anna, ﬁercely attached to her aunt, handed down within the family a more critical account, certainly of the bankruptcy and its eﬀects on the family and Jane’s health. 29 Austen Papers –, ed. , ), . 30 Constance Hill, Jane Austen: Her Homes and Her Friends (; London: John Lane, ), . Introduction xliii Another aspect of the Memoir’s persistent familism is its preoccupation with genealogy. In fact, genealogy seems to have been a favourite Austen family pastime, and the appearance in the novels of names taken from the concealed, maternal line is evidence that Jane shared the pleasure in some degree.
Austen & of course that is not a fact to be written and printed––but you have authority for saying she did mind it––if you think it worth while–– (p. ) Caroline’s disjointed, repetitive note-making unintentionally raises the painfulness of the story, but the raw elements of her version, smoothed out in her brother’s more circumspect delivery, also convey the rush, the shock, and the distress of the event in a wholly convincing way. We almost hear Mrs Austen delivering her great news in the hall (to Jane and Martha Lloyd, the two aunts who had been away, and not to Jane and Cassandra, as is here implied).
A Memoir of Jane Austen: And Other Family Recollections (Oxford World's Classics) by James Edward Austen-Leigh