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Jane Austen's Letters
     

Jane Austen's Letters

by Jane Austen, Deirdre Le Faye (Editor)
 

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Jane Austen's letters afford a unique insight into the daily life of the novelist: intimate and gossipy, observant and informative—they read much like the novels themselves. They bring alive her family and friends, her surroundings and contemporary events with a freshness unparalleled in modern biographies. Above all we recognize the unmistakable voice of

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Jane Austen's letters afford a unique insight into the daily life of the novelist: intimate and gossipy, observant and informative—they read much like the novels themselves. They bring alive her family and friends, her surroundings and contemporary events with a freshness unparalleled in modern biographies. Above all we recognize the unmistakable voice of the author of such novels as Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. We see the shift in her writing from witty and amusing descriptions of the social life of town and country, to a thoughtful and constructive tone while writing about the business of literary composition.
R.W. Chapman's ground-breaking edition of the collected Letters first appeared in 1932, and a second edition followed twenty years later. Now in this third edition of Jane Austen's Letters, Deirdre Le Faye has added new material that has come to light since 1952, and re-ordered the letters into their correct chronological sequence. She has provided discreet and full annotation to each letter, including its provenance, and information on the watermarks, postmarks, and other physical details of the manuscripts, together with new biographical, topographical, and general indexes. Teachers, students, and fans of Jane Austen, at all levels, will find remarkable insight into one of the most popular novelists ever.

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"Her dating...is painstaking and well-argued. She provides full textual notes, an excellent bibliography, full bibliographical and topographical indices as well as a general one, and a sensible preface...plainly indispensable to all genuine Austen enthusiasts, as well as scholars. To a historian they are invaluable and repay the closest study."—Sunday Telegraph

"[A] very welcome reappearance in print of the sisterly gossip of 'Divine Jane.'"—Literary Review

"In this new edition of the Letters, Austen is more sustained and controlled than ever, meticulously annotated and defined by Dierdre Le Faye's impressive editorial scholarship."—Times Literary Supplement

"[An] excellent new revised Oxford edition of the letters."—The London Review of Books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192832979
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/03/1997
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
672
Product dimensions:
8.44(w) x 5.38(h) x 1.28(d)
Lexile:
1160L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Deirdre Le Faye is Administrator at the British Museum. Her publications include Jane Austen: A Family Record, and co-author with Maggie Black of A Jane Austen Cookery Book.

Brief Biography

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

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