By Claudia L. Johnson, Clara Tuite
Reflecting the dynamic and expansive nature of Austen stories, A better half to Jane Austen presents forty two essays from a individual workforce of literary students that learn the total breadth of the English novelist's works and occupation.
- Provides the main entire and updated array of Austen scholarship
- Functions either as a scholarly reference and as a survey of the main cutting edge speculative advancements within the box of Austen stories
- Engages at size with altering contexts and cultures of reception from the 19th to the twenty-first centuries
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Regulated hatred: An aspect of the work of Jane Austen. ). Regulated Hatred and Other Essays 3 on Jane Austen (pp. 5–26). London: Athlone Press. Harding’s essay was first delivered as a lecture in 1939 and first published in Scrutiny 8 (1940), pp. 346–62. From a review of Chapman’s edition of Austen’s novels originally published in Nation and Athaenaeum, January 5, 1924, and reprinted in E. M. Forster’s Abinger Harvest (pp. 145–8). London: Edward Arnold, 1936. Part I The Life and the Texts A Companion to Jane Austen Edited By Claudia L.
Where Austen-Leigh worries Jane Austen’s Life and Letters 17 that the letters may reveal anything at all, Brabourne makes wildly exaggerated claims for their contents. Austen-Leigh took his cue from his sister Caroline in begging the reader “not to expect too much from” Jane Austen’s letters (Austen-Leigh 2002: 50). Caroline had written a short memoir of her own, in March 1867, to assist her brother, and she states firmly there that “. . there is nothing in those letters which I have seen that would be acceptable to the public .
Though we know we must not, under pain of the crassest naïveté, read the novels into the life/the life out of the novels, nonetheless we seek to connect them: the fiction must have a plausible psychogenesis. It does not; and not only does it fail in this respect, it is disconcerting to discover how little in the early family accounts sought to make the connection. In the absence of diaries, which were either destroyed or never existed, the letters are the only evidence we have of a personal Jane Austen speaking/writing in her own voice, unmediated by fictional form.