Jane Austens Letters

Paperback | July 26, 2014

EditorDeirdre Le Faye

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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 bring alive her family and friends, her surroundings and contemporary events with a freshness unparalleled in biography. Above all we recognize theunmistakable voice of the author of Pride and Prejudice, witty and amusing as she describes the social life of town and country, thoughtful and constructive when 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. A third edition, edited by Deidre Le Faye in 1997, added new material, re-ordered the letters into their correct chronological sequence, and provided discreetand full annotation to each letter, including its provenance, and information on the watermarks, postmarks, and other physical details of the manuscripts. This fourth edition incorporates the findings of new scholarship to enrich our understanding of Austen and give us the fullest and most revealingview yet of her life and family. There is a new preface, the biographical and topographical indexes have been amended and updated, a new subject index has been created, and the contents of the notes added to the general index.

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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 bring alive her family and friends, her surroundings and contemporary events with a freshness unparalleled in biography. Above all we recognize theunmistakable voice of the author of Pride and Prejudi...

Deirdre Le Faye is now retired and lives in North Somerset; prior to retirement she worked for many years in the Department of Medieval and Later Antiquities at the British Museum. She started researching the life and times of Jane Austen and her family in the 1970s, and since then has written several books about them, the latest bein...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:688 pagesPublished:July 26, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198704496

ISBN - 13:9780198704492

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsPreface to Fourth EditionList of LettersJane Austen's LettersAbbreviations and CitationsNotesGeneral Notes on the LettersBibliographyBiographical IndexTopographical IndexSubject IndexGeneral Index

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"For someone fairly new to Austen studies, who knows the novels and even the minor works but who is yet to immerse themselves in these tender, touching, entertaining products of their author's mind, there could be no better gift." --The Newsletter of the Jane Austen Society, no. 38 03/2012