By James Edward Austen-Leigh
Jane Austen (as is so cogently famous during this quantity) won little realize or reputation in the course of her unfortunately brief lifestyles. Likewise, except her six novels and a few letters, little basic facts exists to enlighten her admirers. regrettably, it was once universal within the nineteenth century for households to burn all fabrics believed to be too own or too revealing.
In project to write down this "memoir" in regards to the lifetime of his very good aunt, J.E.Austen-Leigh certainly the mores of the days in retaining her privateness. however the little he tells his readers approximately his stories of Jane Austen are worthy a cautious perusal, if simply simply because he knew her. those that comprehend from her books concerning the sharpness of her humorousness and satire will take with a grain of salt her portrayal the following as continuously genteel and decorous. yet he does be ready to exhibit a feeling of her playfulness, creativity, and inventiveness, and he's justified in pertaining to her as a genius.
Written in a now antiquated kind, parts of this slender memoir might be demanding going, however it is well worth the attempt.
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O. W. Oliphant], ‘Miss Austen and Miss Mitford’, Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, (), –, , . 23 The partiality of Jane Austen’s Victorian biography is explicable, then, not only in terms of the fragmentariness of the record and the prejudices and loyalties of the family, but also as a more principled rejection of that kind of disclosure which invades ‘the sanctuaries of individual feeling’, places immune from pursuit and exposure. Speculation and Context To the mind and sensibilities of the modern biographer, ‘sanctuaries of individual feeling’ can seem like caves of repression.
It might be that there never was a conﬁding correspondence to hold back; on the other hand, there might have been. Biography is suspicious of gaps and silences; the form has tended to assume a correlation between biology and chronology, to the extent that any break in this ‘natural ﬁt’ supposes the suppression of information. This is all the more so when documentation is not available for periods of obvious psychological interest––love aﬀairs and deaths––when events appear, inexplicably to hindsight, not to have been recognized as ‘eventful’ and therefore simultaneously translated into narrative form.
In the Memoir Austen-Leigh’s footnotes appear at the foot of the page. A degree sign (°) indicates an editorial note at the back of the book. The only silent editorial change made to the texts of the shorter recollections and Appendix has been to replace double quotation-marks with single throughout, to accord with the practice adopted in the edition of the Memoir. SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY Reference and Background Austen, Jane, Jane Austen’s Letters, ed. , Oxford: Oxford University Press, ), a revised and expanded edition of R.