A Memoir of Jane Austen: Together with 'Lady Susan': a Novel

A Memoir of Jane Austen: Together with 'Lady Susan': a Novel

by James Edward Austen Leigh

Paperback(2nd ed.)

Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Wednesday, September 25


When James Edward Austen-Leigh's Memoir of his famous aunt was published in 1870, far from satisfying public curiosity about Jane Austen as the family had intended, it simply raised a series of new questions, particularly about Jane Austen's unpublished work, which had been mentioned only in passing. Austen Leigh was persuaded to issue a much-expanded second edition in 1871. Here he included for the first time the complete texts of Jane Austen's novel in letters, Lady Susan, and the fragmentary novel The Watsons, as well as a brief summary of her last unfinished work, later known as Sanditon. At the same time he took the opportunity to revise the biographical sections of the Memoir partly to include new information that had come to light since the first edition, so that all in all the second edition has a significance for Austen scholars quite separate from the first.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108003575
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/20/2009
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Literary Studies Series
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 814,151
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introductory Remarks; 2. Descriptions of Steventon; 3. Early compositions; 4. Removal from Steventon; 5. Description of Jane Austen's person, character, and tastes; 6. Habits of composition; 7. Seclusion from the literary world; 8. Slow growth of her fame; 9. Opinions expressed by eminent persons; 10. Observations on the novels; 11. Declining health of Jane Austen; 12. The cancelled chapter of Persuasion; 13. The last work; 14. Postscript; 15. Lady Susan; 16. The Watsons.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews