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A Memoir of Jane Austen
     

A Memoir of Jane Austen

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by James Edward Austen-Leigh, Success Oceo (Editor)
 

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A Memoir of Jane Austen
This biography of Jane Austen (1775-1817) was published in 1869 by her nephew James Edward Austen-Leigh. Austen-Leigh described his "dear Aunt Jane" as someone who wrote in her spare time and had no interest in being famous.
Following the Victorian conventions of biography, it kept private information secret but family members

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A Memoir of Jane Austen
This biography of Jane Austen (1775-1817) was published in 1869 by her nephew James Edward Austen-Leigh. Austen-Leigh described his "dear Aunt Jane" as someone who wrote in her spare time and had no interest in being famous.
Following the Victorian conventions of biography, it kept private information secret but family members disagreed over just how much should be revealed regarding Austen's romantic relationships.
The Memoir introduced the public to the works of Jane Austen, generating interest in her novels in an era where her work had been read mainly by upper class, educated readers.
Austen is known primarily for her novels which critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Her plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favourable social standing and economic security. With the publications 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 another, eventually titled Sanditon, but died before its completion.
Austen has inspired a large number of critical essays and literary anthologies. Her use of biting irony, along with her realism and social commentary have earned her historical importance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781544652078
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
03/11/2017
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.22(d)

Meet the Author

James Edward Austen-Leigh (1798-1894) was Jane Austen's nephew and son of her eldest brother James.
His Memoir brings together Austen-Leigh's recollections of 'dear Aunt Jane' along with recollections of various other members of the Austen family. Austen-Leigh provides descriptions of life in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
According to the British Library, James Edward Austen-Leigh wrote and published A Memoir of Jane Austen in 1869 and two years later published a second, enlarged edition which included extra letters and recollections, as well as early or incomplete drafts of several previously unknown Austen works. This edition was published in 1926.

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Memoir of Jane Austen 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
katknit More than 1 year ago
Jane Austen (as is so cogently noted in this volume) gained little notice or fame during her regrettably short life. Likewise, other than her six novels and some letters, little primary evidence exists to enlighten her admirers. Alas, it was common in the 19th century for families to burn all materials believed to be too personal or too revealing. In undertaking to write this "memoir" about the life of his brilliant aunt, J.E.Austen-Leigh undoubtedly followed the mores of the times in protecting her privacy. But the little he tells his readers about his memories of Jane Austen are worth a careful perusal, if only because he knew her. Those who know from her books about the sharpness of her sense of humor and satire will take with a grain of salt her portrayal here as always genteel and decorous. But he does manage to convey a sense of her playfulness, creativity, and inventiveness, and he is justified in referring to her as a genius. Written in a now antiquated style, portions of this slim memoir can be hard going, but it is worth the effort.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clearly being the nephew of an author does not make you an author yourself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a Victorian biography written by a family member who perhaps unintentionally selected and slanted the facts to portray his beloved aunt as a nice domestic lady who did not write for money or fame but just for fun. It is worth reading for the basic facts and as an example of Victorian biography. If you want a reliable, readable biography, go with Dierdre Le Faye, Claire Tomalin or other late 20th and early 21st century biographers.
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