Selected Letters

Paperback | February 10, 2009

byJane Austen, Vivien Jones

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'Little Matters they are to be sure, but highly important.'Letter-writing was something of an addiction for young women of Jane Austen's time and social position, and Austen's letters have a freedom and familiarity that only intimate writing can convey. Wiser than her critics, who were disappointed that her correspondence dwelt on gossip and the minutiaeof everyday living, Austen understood the importance of 'Little Matters', of the emotional and material details of individual lives shared with friends and family through the medium of the letter. Ironic, acerbic, always entertaining, Jane Austen's letters are a fascinating record not only of herown day-to-day existence, but of the pleasures and frustrations experienced by women of her social class which are so central to her novels.Vivien Jones's selection includes very nearly two-thirds of Austen's surviving correspondence, and her lively introduction and notes set the novelist's most private writings in their wider cultural context.

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'Little Matters they are to be sure, but highly important.'Letter-writing was something of an addiction for young women of Jane Austen's time and social position, and Austen's letters have a freedom and familiarity that only intimate writing can convey. Wiser than her critics, who were disappointed that her correspondence dwelt on gos...

Vivien Jones is the General Editor of the novels of Jane Austen in Oxford World's Classics and the editor of Frances Burney, Evelina

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.03 inPublished:February 10, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199538433

ISBN - 13:9780199538430

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