By Claudia L. Johnson, Clara Tuite
Reflecting the dynamic and expansive nature of Austen stories, A spouse to Jane Austen offers forty two essays from a amazing workforce of literary students that study the whole breadth of the English novelist's works and profession.
- Provides the main accomplished and up to date array of Austen scholarship
- Functions either as a scholarly reference and as a survey of the main leading edge speculative advancements within the box of Austen reviews
- Engages at size with altering contexts and cultures of reception from the 19th to the twenty-first centuries
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For hers. Jane Austen had six brothers, five of whom lived actively in society; she had only one sister. Yet the evidence of her letters, as of the novels, argues the overwhelming importance of female society as her laboratory, the ambit and testing ground of her fiction. But until very recently women have lived such hidden lives that it has always been easier to uncover the actions and opinions of their male counterparts, however insignificant. Her nephew, James Edward Austen-Leigh, was the first to suggest that Austen circumscribed her art to her brothers’ talents, each brother taking a significant role in shaping her abilities.
I can no more forget it, than a mother can forget her suckling child” (Letters: 182). Even so, she did look forward to a party: “The day of the Party is settled, and drawing near; above 80 people are invited . . & there is to be some very good Music. One of the Hirelings, is a Capital on the Harp, from which I expect great pleasure” (Letters: 179–80). So do we, and we hope the reader finds this volume to be an occasion of pleasure. Notes 1 James’s remarks, originally appearing in “The lesson of Balzac” (1905) and reprinted in The House of Fiction, are included in B.
A fortnight afterwards she is to be called again from the shades of her red-check’d bed in an alley near the end of the High Street to clean the new House & air the Bedding. (Letters: 123) We found our friend as comfortable, as she can ever allow herself to be in cold weather; – there is a very neat parlour behind the Shop for her to sit in, not very light indeed, being a la Southampton, the middle of Three deep – but very lively from the frequent sound of the pestle & mortar. (Letters: 167) We might describe these vagaries of a fiction-making mind, a feature of the letters from this unsettled period, as both practice and release; like The Watsons, for whose growth out of and into the events of her own life we can find particular evidence.
A Companion to Jane Austen by Claudia L. Johnson, Clara Tuite