Jane Austen's Letters

Jane Austen's Letters

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Jane Austen's letters afford a unique insight into the daily life of the novelist: intimate and gossipy, observant and informative, they bring alive her family and friends, her surroundings and contemporary events with a freshness unparalleled in modern biographies. Above all we recognize the unmistakable voice of the author of Pride and Prejudice, witty and amusing as she describes the social life of town and country, thoughtful and constructive when writing about the business of literary composition. R. W. Chapman's ground-breaking edition of the collected Letters first appeared in 1932, and a second edition followed twenty years later. For this third edition Deidre Le Faye has added new material that has come to light since 1952, and re- ordered the letters into their correct chronological sequence. She has provided discreet and full annotation to each letter, including its provenance, and information on the watermarks, postmarks, and other physical details of the manuscripts, together with new biographical, topographical, and general indexes.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 672 pages
  • 137.16 x 210.82 x 40.64mm | 793.78g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 0192832972
  • 9780192832979
  • 262,795

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Jane Austen's letters afford a unique insight into the daily life of the novelist: intimate and gossipy, observant and informative, they bring alive her family and friends, her surroundings and contemporary events with a freshness unparalleled in modern biographies. We recognize the unmistakable voice of the author of 'Pride and Prejudice, ' witty and amusing as she describes the social life of town and country, thoughtful and constructive when writing about the business of literary composition.show more

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These are the letters of our greatest novelist ... they give glances and hints at her life from the age of 20 to her death at 41, the years in which she wrote her six imperishable books Claire Tomalin, Independent on Sundayshow more

About Jane Austen

Deirdre Le Faye is Administrator at the British Museum. Her publications include Jane Austen: A Family Record, and co-author with Maggie Black of A Jane Austen Cookery Book.show more

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