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By James Edward Austen-Leigh

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

In project to jot down this "memoir" concerning the lifetime of his extraordinary aunt, J.E.Austen-Leigh surely the mores of the days in preserving her privateness. however the little he tells his readers approximately his thoughts of Jane Austen are worthy a cautious perusal, if merely simply because he knew her. those that be aware of from her books in regards to the sharpness of her humorousness and satire will take with a grain of salt her portrayal the following as continually genteel and decorous. yet he does be capable to express a feeling of her playfulness, creativity, and inventiveness, and he's justified in touching on her as a genius.

Written in a now antiquated sort, parts of this slender memoir might be challenging going, however it is well worth the attempt.

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McCormack and Kim Walker. —— Belinda, ed. Kathryn Kirkpatrick. —— Castle Rackrent, ed. George Watson. Ferrier, Susan, Marriage, ed. Herbert Foltinek and Kathryn Kirkpatrick. Select Bibliography lvii Gaskell, Elizabeth, The Life of Charlotte Brontë, ed. Angus Easson. Opie, Amelia, Adeline Mowbray, ed. Shelley King and John B. Pierce. Scott, Sir Walter, The Antiquary, ed. Nicola Watson. —— Waverley, ed. Claire Lamont. Staël, Mme de, Corinne, trans. and ed. Sylvia Raphael. A CHRONOLOGY OF THE AUSTEN FAMILY   April, Marriage of the Revd George Austen and Cassandra Leigh.

But in the Memoir this other Henry’s story is not told. Here he is the brother who ‘cannot help being amusing’ (p. ), who acts informally and generously as his sister’s literary agent, entertains her in London, and in the autumn of  is nursed by her through a serious illness. That he was also an unsuccessful opportunist who managed to entangle various members of his family in debt, that his eventual bankruptcy may have had profound consequences for Jane’s late publication plans and the course of her final illness––none of this is conveyed by AustenLeigh’s preliminary sketch, in which Henry ‘had perhaps less steadiness of purpose, certainly less success in life, than his brothers’ (p.

London: Athlone Press, ). , London: Routledge and Kegan Paul): vol. , – (); vol. , –  (). , London: Routledge/Thoemmes Press, ). The collection reprints, with new introductions by David Gilson, several of the standard reference and background works. ‘Jane Austen Studies’, listed regularly in the Jane Austen Society Reports (the journal of the Jane Austen Society, Chawton, Hants), provides an annual update on the main bibliography. Select Bibliography liii Jane Austen Society Reports (– ) and Persuasions (– ) (the journal of the Jane Austen Society of North America, JASNA) regularly include articles of biographical interest on Jane Austen and members of her family.

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