By James Edward Austen-Leigh
James Edward Austen-Leigh's Memoir of his aunt Jane Austen was once released in 1870, over fifty years after her loss of life. including the shorter reminiscences of James Edward's sisters, Anna Lefroy and Caroline Austen, the Memoir is still the best authority for her lifestyles and maintains to notify all next debts. those are family members stories, the list of Jane Austen's existence formed and constrained by way of the loyalties, reserve, and affection of nieces and nephews convalescing in outdated age the outlines of the younger aunt that they had each one identified. They nonetheless remembered the form of her bonnet and the tone of her voice, and their first-hand money owed deliver her vividly prior to us. Their declared partiality additionally increases interesting concerns relating biographical fact, and the phrases during which all biography functions.
This version brings jointly for the 1st time those 3 memoirs, and in addition comprises Jane's brother Henry Austen's "Biographical Notice" of 1818 and his much less recognized "Memoir" of 1833.
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Extra resources for A Memoir of Jane Austen: And Other Family Recollections (Oxford World's Classics)
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Though he would not recognize it presented in these terms, this is AustenLeigh’s view, and it explains his erasure of even the idea of struggle from his account of her writing life. ‘Whatever she produced’, he asserts, ‘was a genuine home-made article’ (p. ). An intermittent subtext to his account links the careers of Jane Austen and her contemporary Walter Scott. Not only was Scott the bestselling novelist of the early nineteenth century, but the standards he set for the production of ﬁction––as saleable commodity and as large-scale social panorama––continued to shape the novel far 28 Nokes, Jane Austen: A Life, – and –, pores over the episode, using it to jump oﬀ in a quite diﬀerent direction, to the robust (but unprovable) conclusion that after fainting or not fainting Jane went oﬀ to Bath to have fun and it is because she was too busy enjoying herself there that there is now a perceptible gap in the biographical record.
Austen-Leigh provides the ﬁrst public statement. He writes: The loss of their ﬁrst home is generally a great grief to young persons of strong feeling and lively imagination; and Jane was exceedingly unhappy when she was told that her father, now seventy years of age, had determined to resign his duties to his eldest son, who was to be his successor in the Rectory of Steventon, and to remove with his wife and daughters to Bath. Jane had been absent from home when this resolution was taken; and, as her father was always rapid both in forming his resolutions and acting on them, she had little time to reconcile herself to the change.
A Memoir of Jane Austen: And Other Family Recollections (Oxford World's Classics) by James Edward Austen-Leigh