Teenage Writings

Paperback | May 24, 2017

byJane Austen

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'Jane Austen practising' Virginia WoolfThree notebooks of Jane Austen's early writings survive. The pieces probably date from 1786 or 1787, around the time that Jane, aged 11 or 12, and her older sister and collaborator Cassandra left school. By this point Austen was already an indiscriminate and precocious reader, devouring pulp fictionand classic literature alike; what she read, she soon began to imitate and parody. Unlike many teenage writings then and now, these are not secret or agonized confessions entrusted to a private journal and for the writer's eyes alone. Rather, they are stories to be shared and admired by a named audience of family and friends. Devices and themes which appear subtly in Austen'slater fiction run riot openly and exuberantly across the teenage page. Drunkenness, brawling, sexual misdemeanour, theft, and even murder prevail. It is as if Lydia Bennett is the narrator.

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'Jane Austen practising' Virginia WoolfThree notebooks of Jane Austen's early writings survive. The pieces probably date from 1786 or 1787, around the time that Jane, aged 11 or 12, and her older sister and collaborator Cassandra left school. By this point Austen was already an indiscriminate and precocious reader, devouring pulp ficti...

Kathryn Sutherland is the editor of Austen-Leigh's Memoir of Jane Austen and Other Family Recollections for Oxford World's Classics. She has created a digitial edition of Jane Austen's Fiction Manuscripts (2012), the print edition of which is due to be published by OUP in 2017. She is the author of Jane Austen's Textual Lives: from Ae...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pagesPublished:May 24, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198737459

ISBN - 13:9780198737452

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IntroductionChronology of Composition of Items in the Teenage NotebooksNote on the TextNote on SpellingSelect BibliographyA Chronology of Jane AustenMapsVOLUME THE FIRSTFrederic and ElfridaJack and AliceEdgar and EmmaHenry and ElizaMr HarleySir William MountagueMr CliffordThe beautifull CassandraAmelia WebsterThe VisitThe MysteryThe three SistersDetached peicesOde to PityVOLUME THE SECONDLove and FriendshipLesley-CastleThe History of EnglandCollection of LettersScrapsVOLUME THE THIRDEvelynKitty, or the BowerFAMILY CONTINUATIONS TO VOLUME THE THIRDContinuation of 'Evelyn', by James Edward AustenContinuation of 'Evelyn', by Anna LefroyContinuation of 'Kitty, or the Bower', by James Edward AustenAPPENDIXLetter of Sophia Sentiment from The Loiterer, 28 March 1789AbbreviationsTextual NotesExplanatory Notes