A Memoir of Jane Austen: And Other Family Recollections by James Edward Austen-Leigh

By James Edward Austen-Leigh

James Edward Austen-Leigh's Memoir of his aunt Jane Austen used to be 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 continues to be the leading authority for her existence and keeps to notify all next bills. those are kin stories, the list of Jane Austen's existence formed and restricted by means of the loyalties, reserve, and affection of nieces and nephews recuperating in previous age the outlines of the younger aunt that they had every one identified. They nonetheless remembered the form of her bonnet and the tone of her voice, and their first-hand money owed carry her vividly ahead of us. Their declared partiality additionally increases attention-grabbing concerns bearing on biographical fact, and the phrases during which all biography functions.

This version brings jointly for the 1st time those 3 memoirs, and in addition contains Jane's brother Henry Austen's "Biographical Notice" of 1818 and his much less identified "Memoir" of 1833.

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But its circumstances give it significance. It was clearly a cherished family heirloom, handed down through the Leigh and Austen families. Anna Lefroy drew her brother’s attention to its present whereabouts as he was collecting his materials. Not only does the Chandos letter (Mary Brydges was the daughter of James Brydges, eighth Lord of Chandos, and the sister of the first Duke) remind the reader of Jane Austen’s distant aristocratic pretensions, it also gives a favourable gloss to the standing of her more immediate family.

He also printed for the first time, and as a sequence of appendices to the biography, important fragments of unfinished or early drafts of his aunt Jane Austen’s works. Those expansions which form part of the body of the text of the second edition (described in the preface as a ‘narrative . . somewhat enlarged’, ‘a few more letters’, and ‘a short specimen of her childish stories’) are retained here. But the appended Chapter , consisting of the cancelled chapter of Persuasion, and Chapter , extracts from and a synopsis of Sanditon, still under the title of ‘The Last Work’, are omitted; omitted, too, are Lady Susan and The Watsons, both also published for the first time in  as an appendix to the Memoir.

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