Jane Austen's Manuscript Works

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Broadview Press, Dec 14, 2012 - Fiction - 350 pages
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When Jane Austen died, at the age of 41, she left behind her not only six novels but a large number of manuscripts, ranging from juvenile works to the novel that she was writing at the time of her final illness. The six published novels are now undisputed classics. The manuscripts, however, despite the extraordinary writing they contain and the way in which they illuminate Jane Austen’s work as a novelist, are much less well known. From the brilliance of the juvenilia to the urbane modernity of ‘Sanditon’ these works show Austen pushing the conventional boundaries of fiction, exploring the implications of vulgarity and violence, experimenting with different styles and tones, and practicing and refining her arts of narrative.

This Broadview Edition includes “Lady Susan,’ “The Watsons,” “Sanditon,” and ten important early manuscript works. Historical appendices include Austen’s letters on fiction; continuations written by Austen’s niece and nephew of two of her early works; and Sir Walter Scott’s important critical appraisal of Austen from 1816.

 

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The juvenilia included here, and Lady Susan, I absolutely loved. It's so much fun to see Austen being so playful and witty, unafraid of anything and just going full tilt. The Watsons I wasn't a huge ... Read full review

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Extremely good quality books with lots of notes and timelines in them. I have enjoyed them thoroughly. Highly recommend. Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Abbreviations
9
Introduction
11
A Brief Chronology
39
A Note on the Text
43
Juvenilia
45
From Volume the First
47
From Volume the Second
91
The Watsons
269
Sanditon
319
Austens Letters about Fiction
387
Continuations of Evelynand Catharine by James Edward Austen and Anna Lefroy
391
Love and Freindship1790 and Frances Burneys Evelina1778
397
From Mary Wollstonecrafts Thoughts on the Education of Daughters 1787
401
From Walter Scott Quarterly Review 14
405
Select Bibliography
411

Volume the Third
153
Lady Susan
205

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About the author (2012)

Linda Bree is Editorial Director, Arts and Literature at the Cambridge University Press and the editor of the Broadview Edition of Jane Austen’s Persuasion.

Peter Sabor is Professor of English and Canada Research Chair in Eighteenth Century Studies at McGill University, and the editor of the Broadview Edition of Sarah Fielding’s The History of Ophelia.

Janet Todd is President of Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge and the co-editor of the Broadview Edition of Charlotte Smith’s Desmond.

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