In Her Own Hand (3 Volume Set)

In Her Own Hand (3 Volume Set)

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For the first time, all three volumes of Jane Austen's brilliant early manuscripts are available in in beautiful facsimile editions.

Forever immortalized as the author of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen actually produced her first "books" as a teenager. Taking their names from the inscriptions on their covers Volume the First, Volume the Second, and Volume the Third these brilliant little collections include the stories, playlets, verses, and moral fragments she wrote likely from the ages of twelve to eighteen.

As a young author, Jane Austen delighted in language, employing it with great humor and surprising skill. She was adept at parodying the popular stories of her day and entertained her readers with outrageous plot lines and characters. Kathryn Sutherland, in her introductions, places Austen's earliest works in context and explains how she mimicked even the style and manner in which this contemporary popular fiction was presented and arranged on the page.

None of her six famous novels survives in complete manuscript form. This is a unique opportunity to own likenesses of Jane Austen's notebooks as originally written in her own hand.

The In Her Own Hand series boxed set contains facsimile editions of Jane Austen's fiction, in her handwriting. The books include transcriptions by R. W. Chapman first recorded in 1953.

In Her Own Hand boxed set of all three volumes includes:

Volume the First

Volume the Second

Volume the Third
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Product details

  • Hardback | 784 pages
  • 171 x 216 x 71.88mm | 2,086.52g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0789212102
  • 9780789212108
  • 496,870

Table of contents

Table of Contents from
In Her Own Hand: Volume the First

A Writer's Apprenticeship by Kathryn Sutherland
Volume the First

Table of Contents from
In Her Own Hand: Volume the Second

Teenage Reading and Rebellion by Kathryn Sutherland
Volume the Second

Table of Contents from
In Her Own Hand: Volume the Third

A Novelist of Ideas by Kathryn Sutherland
Volume the Third
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In Her Own Hand

In Her Own Hand is a unique contribution to the world of Austen publications. This boxed set of three hardcover volumes is beautifully designed and presented: the jewel in the crown of a Janeite's book collection Kathryn Sutherland's engaging and thought-provoking introductions help the reader to share in the fun of many of the Austen family's jokes while also gaining a greater understanding of the world they lived in. Readers will be entertained and inspired by this experience of Jane Austen's 'playful apprenticeship in the art of bookmaking.'" austenprose(dot)com

"This beautiful edition places Jane Austen's three precious notebooks into the hands of the common reader." Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA)"
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About Jane Austen

Jane Austen (1775-1817) is one of the most beloved novelists in the English language. Her novels Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion have left readers with a literary legacy hard to match by any author before or since. She lived all her life in England and died at the age of forty-one, leaving a literary legacy hard to match by any author before or since.

Kathryn Sutherland is Professor of Bibliography and Textual Criticism at the University of Oxford. She is the author of Jane Austen's Textual Lives: From Aeschylus to Bollywood and the editor of the Digital Edition of Jane Austen's Fiction Manuscripts.
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