A Memoir of Jane Austen

A Memoir of Jane Austen

by James Edward Austen-Leigh


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A Memoir of Jane Austen is a biography of the novelist Jane Austen published in 1869 by her nephew James Edward Austen-Leigh. A second edition was published in 1871 which included previously unpublished Jane Austen writings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781518751264
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/24/2015
Pages: 54
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.11(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

1. Introductory remarks;
2. Description of Steventon;
3. Early compositions;
4. Removal from Steventon;
5. Description of Jane Austen's person, character and tastes;
6. Habits of composition resumed after a long interval;
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. Postscript.

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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
This is really the only primary source we have on Jane Austen, but what little he relates, he does so grudgingly. Most probably because he wishes to honor the privacy of his, and her, relatives. As he states in so many words, she lived a steady and serene life, devoid of a calamitous personality or chaotic home life. How many of today’s troubled youth could benefit from such a happy, loving, and faith filled youth Jane enjoyed.
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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