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Catharine and Other Writings

Catharine and Other Writings

Paperback Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)

By (author) Jane Austen, Edited by Douglas Murray, Edited by Margaret Anne Doody

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 22mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 3 August 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199538425
  • ISBN 13: 9780199538423
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Sales rank: 126,502

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Jane Austen began writing in her early teens, and filled three notebooks with her fiction. Her earliest work reflects her interest in the novel as a genre; in brilliant short pieces she plays with plots, stock characters, diction, and style, developing a sense of form at a remarkably early age. The characters of these stories have a jaunty and never-failing devotion to themselves. They perpetually lie, cheat, steal - and occasionally commit murder. Throughout these short or unfinished pieces, Austen exhibits her sense of the preposterous in life and fiction with tough-mindedness and robust humour. Alice, the mock-heroine of Jack and Alice has 'many rare and charming qualities, but Sobriety is not one of them'. In her later published fiction, Austen had learned to take demands for propriety seriously, reining in whatever might be thought boisterous or coarse. Here we see Jane Austen without her inhibitions. In addition to prose fiction and prayers, this collection also contains many of Jane Austen's poems, written to amuse or console friends, and rarely reprinted. The texts have been compared with the manuscripts and edited to give a number of new readings. The notes recreate the texture of daily life in Jane Austen's age, and demonstrate her knowledge of the fiction of her time. The introduction by Margaret Anne Doody sets the writings within the context of Jane Austen's life and literary career. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Jane Austen began writing in her early teens, and filled three notebooks with her fiction. Her earliest work reflects her interest in the novel as a genre; in brilliant short pieces she plays with plots, stock characters, diction, and style, developing a sense of form at a remarkably early age. The characters of these stories have a jaunty and never-failing devotion to themselves. They perpetually lie, cheat, steal - and occasionally commit murder. Throughout these short or unfinished pieces, Austen exhibits her sense of the preposterous in life and fiction with tough-mindedness and robust humour. In her later published fiction, Austen had learned to take demands for propriety seriously, reining in whatever might be thought boisterous or coarse. Here we see Jane Austen without her inhibitions. In addition to prose fiction and prayers, this collection also contains many of Jane Austen's poems, written to amuse or console friends, and rarely reprinted. Texts throughout are based on manuscripts, including the three notebooks, affording a distinct edition with a number of new readings.

Table of contents

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 Beautifull Cassandra ; Amelia Webster ; The Visit ; The Mystery ; The Three Sisters ; A beautiful description ; The generous Curate ; Ode to Pity ; Love and Friendship ; 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 Tle ; Evelyn ; Catharine, or the Bower