574 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.34 in
November 6, 2006
Cambridge University Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0521824206
ISBN - 13: 9780521824200
About the Book
A fully annotated scholarly edition of Austen's remarkable writings between the ages of eleven and seventeen.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Note on the text; Volume the First: Frederic and Elfrida; Jack and Alice; Edgar and Emma; Henry and Eliza; The adventures of Mr Harley; Sir William Mountague; Memoirs of Mr Clifford; The beautiful Cassandra; Amelia Webster; The Visit; The Mystery; The Three Sisters; A fragment - written to inculcate the practise of Virtue; A beautiful description of the different effects of Sensibility on different Minds; The Generous Curate; Ode to Pity; Volume the Second: Love and Freindship; Lesley Castle; The History of England; A Collection of Letters; The female philosopher; The First Act of a Comedy; A Letter from a Young Lady; A Tour through Wales; A Tale; Volume the Third: Evelyn, Catharine, or the Bower; Corrections and Emendations; Appendix A: The History of England: Facsimile; Appendix B: Marginalia in Oliver Goldsmith's The History of England; Appendix C: Marginalia in Vicesimus Knox's Elegant Extracts; Appendix D: Sophia Sentiment's Letter in The Loiterer; Appendix D: Continuations of 'Evelyn' and 'Catharine' by James Edward Austen and Anna Lefroy; Abbreviations; Explanatory notes.
From the Publisher
Jane Austen's remarkable juvenilia date from 1787, when she was eleven, to 1793, when she was seventeen. She preserved these early writings in three manuscript notebooks, entitled, with mock solemnity, 'Volume the First', 'Volume the Second', and 'Volume the Third'. Most of these works are short fictions, but Austen also wrote the opening of what could have become a full-length novel, 'Catharine', as well as dramatic sketches, verses, and a few non-fictional pieces. Astonishingly sophisticated and inventive, these writings are now receiving the scholarly attention they deserve. This edition provides a fresh transcription of Austen's manuscripts, with comprehensive explanatory notes, an extensive critical introduction, covering the context and publication history of the juvenilia, a chronology of Austen's life, and an authoritative textual apparatus. It also prints, for the first time, the copious satirical marginalia that Austen wrote on her copies of Oliver Goldsmith's History of England.
About the Author
Jane Austen's life is striking for the contrast between the great works she wrote in secret and the outward appearance of being quite dull and ordinary. Austen was born in the small English town of Steventon in Hampshire, and educated at home by her clergyman father. She was deeply devoted to her family. For a short time, the Austens lived in the resort city of Bath, but when her father died, they returned to Steventon, where Austen lived until her death at the age of 41. Austen was drawn to literature early, she began writing novels that satirized both the writers and the manners of the 1790's. Her sharp sense of humor and keen eye for the ridiculous in human behavior gave her works lasting appeal. She is at her best in such books as Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1816), in which she examines and often ridicules the behavior of small groups of middle-class characters. Austen relies heavily on conversations among her characters to reveal their personalities, and at times her novels read almost like plays. Several of them have, in fact, been made into films.
"Sabor's achievement in the edition of the Juvenilia is a tour de force...The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen performs an admirable service for readers--and particularly scholars - of Austen. It is a service that will no doubt last for generations to come."
-Devoney Looser, University of Missouri, Editionen in der Kritik