Love and Freindship and Other Early Works

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Love and Freindship [sic] is a juvenile story by Jane Austen, dated 1790. From the age of eleven until she was eighteen, Jane Austen wrote her tales in three notebooks. The notebooks still exist - one in the Bodleian Library; the other two in the British Museum. They include among others Love and Freindship, written when Jane was fourteen, and The History of England, when she was fifteen. Written in epistolary form, like her later unpublished novella, Lady Susan, Love and Freindship is thought to be one of the ...
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Love and Freindship [sic] is a juvenile story by Jane Austen, dated 1790. From the age of eleven until she was eighteen, Jane Austen wrote her tales in three notebooks. The notebooks still exist - one in the Bodleian Library; the other two in the British Museum. They include among others Love and Freindship, written when Jane was fourteen, and The History of England, when she was fifteen. Written in epistolary form, like her later unpublished novella, Lady Susan, Love and Freindship is thought to be one of the tales she wrote for the amusement of her family; it was dedicated to her cousin Eliza de Feuillide, "La Comtesse de Feuillide". The instalments, written as letters from the heroine Laura, to Marianne, the daughter of her friend Isabel, may have come about as nightly readings by the young Jane in the Austen home. Love and Freindship (the misspelling is one of many in the story) is clearly a parody of romantic novels Austen read as a child. This is clear even from the subtitle, "Deceived in Freindship and Betrayed in Love", which completely undercuts the title. In form, it resembles a fairy tale as much as anything else, featuring wild coincidences and turns of fortune, but Austen is determined to lampoon the conventions of romantic stories, right down to the utter failure of romantic fainting spells, which always turn out badly for the female characters. In this story one can see the development of Austen's sharp wit and disdain for romantic sensibility, so characteristic of her later novels.
Letter The First
From Isabel to Laura

The first letter presents the reader with a glimpse into the life of Laura from Isabel's perspective. Isabel asks Laura to tell the "misfortunes and adventures" of her life to Isabel's daughter Marianne (Austen 516). Isabel argues that because Laura is turning fifty-five, she is past the danger of "disagreeable lovers" and "obstinate fathers" (Austen 516). This initial letter sets up the rest of Austen's narrative through Laura's letters to Marianne.

Letter The Second
Laura to Isabel

The second letter consists of a reply from Laura to Isabel. Laura initially disagrees with Isabel's assessment that she is safe from "misfortunes" simply because of her advanced age (Austen 516). Laura agrees to write to Marianne and detail her life experiences to "satisfy the curiosity of Marianne" and to teach her useful lessons (Poplawski 183). The useful lessons are lessons learned from the misfortunes caused by "disagreeable lovers" and "obstinate fathers" (Poplawski 183). Poplawski highlights the importance of the relationship between females and their lovers and also between females and their fathers as a means through which Austen is able to criticise stereotypical female behaviours. As seen throughout the work, these two relationships are constantly criticised by satirical anecdotes. Janetta's relationship with her father and also with her lover, Capitan M'Kenzie in the twelfth letter provides a good example of the way Austen mocks the fickleness of familial ties and romantic relationships.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781481276931
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 12/17/2012
  • Pages: 110
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Austen (16 December 1775 - 18 July 1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Her realism, biting irony and social commentary have gained her historical importance among scholars and critics.

Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed gentry. She was educated primarily by her father and older brothers as well as through her own reading. The steadfast support of her family was critical to her development as a professional writer. Her artistic apprenticeship lasted from her teenage years into her thirties. During this period, she experimented with various literary forms, including the epistolary novel which she then abandoned, and wrote and extensively revised three major novels and began a fourth. From 1811 until 1816, with the release of Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815), she achieved success as a published writer. She wrote two additional novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818, and began a third, which was eventually titled Sanditon, but died before completing it.

Austen's works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the 18th century and are part of the transition to 19th-century realism. Her plots, though fundamentally comic, highlight the dependence of women on marriage to secure social standing and economic security. Her works, though usually popular, were first published anonymously and brought her little personal fame and only a few positive reviews during her lifetime, but the publication in 1869 of her nephew's A Memoir of Jane Austen introduced her to a wider public, and by the 1940s she had become widely accepted in academia as a great English writer. The second half of the 20th century saw a proliferation of Austen scholarship and the emergence of a Janeite fan culture.

Biography

In 1801, George Austen retired from the clergy, and Jane, Cassandra, and their parents took up residence in Bath, a fashionable town Jane liked far less than her native village. Jane seems to have written little during this period. When Mr. Austen died in 1805, the three women, Mrs. Austen and her daughters, moved first to Southampton and then, partly subsidized by Jane's brothers, occupied a house in Chawton, a village not unlike Jane's first home. There she began to work on writing and pursued publishing once more, leading to the anonymous publication of Sense and Sensibility in 1811 and Pride and Prejudice in 1813, to modestly good reviews.

Known for her cheerful, modest, and witty character, Jane Austen had a busy family and social life, but as far as we know very little direct romantic experience. There were early flirtations, a quickly retracted agreement to marry the wealthy brother of a friend, and a rumored short-lived attachment -- while she was traveling -- that has not been verified. Her last years were quiet and devoted to family, friends, and writing her final novels. In 1817 she had to interrupt work on her last and unfinished novel, Sanditon, because she fell ill. She died on July 18, 1817, in Winchester, where she had been taken for medical treatment. After her death, her novels Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were published, together with a biographical notice, due to the efforts of her brother Henry. Austen is buried in Winchester Cathedral.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      December 16, 1775
    2. Place of Birth:
      Village of Steventon in Hampshire, England
    1. Date of Death:
      July 18, 1817
    2. Place of Death:
      Winchester, Hampshire, England
    1. Education:
      Taught at home by her father

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2007

    Talent at an early age

    These are wonderful stories written by Jane Austen when she was just a teenager. Her wit and wisdom shine through these early works. Any Jane Austen fan will find these stories entertaining. They were certainly an indication of great things to come from this amazing author.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2006

    Amusing

    Love and Friendship is an amusing short story. You can definitely tell it is meant to be a parody. This is unlike any of Jane Austen's other works. I definitely reccomend it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    Song #1

    This col<_><_>d, empty house is<br>
    So q<_>uiet no<_>w she's gone<br>
    The dus<_>t, accu<_>mulates into<br>
    Mountains on the grou<_>nd<p>
    My p<_>apers pile<_>d, on th<_>e steps<br>
    Her flowers all have di<_>ed<br>
    I'm sear<_>ching, everywhere<_><br>
    For someon<_>e l'll never find<p>
    The haunting never <_>fades, laughters gone away<br>
    Its too late, whe<_>n yo<_>uve lost your soul<br>
    I left her eve<_>rything, she<_> only left my ring<br>
    My worl<_>d is darker now tha<_>n the bl<_>ackest cr<_>ow<p>
    Shadows fill <_>this place<br>
    Shes bee<_>n a<_>way so long<br>
    The w<_>allpaper le<_>aves a stain<br>
    W<_>here pictures onc<_>e belonged<p>
    You think l wou<_>ld have known<br>
    Something <_>was<_> goin' on<br>
    Her kiss<_>es were so <_>cold<br>
    Her l<_>oving touch withdr<_>awn<p>
    The haunting nev<_>er fades laughters gone away<br>
    Its too late wh<_>en <_>youve lost your soul<br>
    I left her ev<_>erything s<_>he only left my ring<br>
    My wo<_>rld is darker now t<_>han the blac<_>kest cr<_>ow<p>
    (T<_>hey never do tea<_>ch y<_>ou to <_>walk aw<_>ay from so<_>meone you lov<_>e)<p>
    The haunting <_>never fades, lau<_>ghters gone away<br>
    I know its <_>too<_> late, w<_>hen youv<_>e lost your soul<br>
    The fir<_>es all but g<_>one, my world is<_> darker now<br>
    Th<_>an the blac<_>kest cr<_>ow<p>
    The bl<_>ackest <_>crow<p>
    The black<_><_>est crow<p>
    The b<_>lack<_>est crow<p>
    T<_>he bl<_>ackest <_>croo<_>oooooow<p>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2014

    Blazin

    I swore it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2014

    Lost Magic: Part Seven

    Blue Lighting was writing and drawing the rock. Lyna looked up the sky. She said,"Let's go, Team Magix!" Lyna and other unicorns used the force spell to protect the rock. The flying ponies used the fog to block the view. Earth ponies galloped to carry the rocks. Lyna stopped on the Mount Misty. She flipped through the pages. She read and read. Sweetie annouced,"Looks like we going stay for few days and nights here." Lyna sighed and made a tents for each pony including her. Earth ponies looked for rocks, twigs, leaves to make fire. Unicorns were lookout for any intuders trying to steal the rocks. Back to Rosebud, the villian revealed to be Night Mist,"I guess, they are smart?" She laughed. Her body were grayish pink. Her mane and tail was tattered and dirty brown. She pointed to the darling princess, Rosebud. Rosebud yelled back,"I know they can have it all until you can!" Night laughed evilly,"Do not think.". On Mt. Misty, the morning has arrived. Lyna was wake first to cook up breakfast. Now Team Magix is now restored and they packed up. They went same routine. Midnight said,"Wait, the book that Lyna read last night, i saw it sparkled! I swore it!" Blazin and Nirto was that confused,"What you mean?" Sweetie commented,"Don't worry." Lyna reviced the letter from her father,Skyflare, stated about his day. Now they walked up 3 miles. Rosebud barley ate of her food that she mad it appear. Since she was allowed to make her food, she was not supposed to use her magic to protect. Night sighed in relief,"Now. It is time for ground attack"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2014

    Yep. Freindship.

    Austen wrote this at 17 and for whatever reason spelled it "freindship". Rough but good. Not typical Jane Austen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2014

    Really? Freindship? Including on the cover?? I do want to read i

    Really? Freindship? Including on the cover?? I do want to read it but I will never purchase a book that such a simple and common word is misspelled in every instance, especially on the cover. And no self-respecting Jane Austen fan or anyone who fancies reading, will either. Please correct it. Have a nice day.

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