By Claudia L. Johnson, Clara Tuite

Reflecting the dynamic and expansive nature of Austen stories, A spouse to Jane Austen presents forty two essays from a distinctive staff of literary students that research the whole breadth of the English novelist's works and occupation.

  • 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 stories
  • Engages at size with altering contexts and cultures of reception from the 19th to the twenty-first centuries

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His vanity compels him to devote his time exclusively (and with an idiosyncratic mixture of pride and dyspeptic, dynastic anxiety) to those passages in Debrett’s that detail the history of his own “ancient and respectable family” (P: 3–4). Sir Walter is also a writer. Not, it must be admitted, a very ambitious writer, but a writer nonetheless. Much as his overwhelming sense of his importance limits his reading to the “two handsome duodecimo pages” (P: 4) of the Baronetage that can always transform the domestic distress of others into pseudo-Aristotelian feelings of “pity and contempt” (P: 3), that same self-importance compels him to restrict his marginal or interlinear “hand-writing” to the necessarily limited task of “improving” his “favourite work” (P: 3, 14).

Letters: 93) Austen summarizes with cool amusement the little drama of miscommunication that the multiple reading of Cassandra’s letter raises among its female audience, teasing out its capacity to reinflect the same news as represented in other letters. , Letters: 126). And in a late letter to her niece Fanny, whose tangled love life is submitted to her aunt’s advice: “I shall be most glad to hear from you again my dearest Fanny . . and write something that may do to be read or told” (Letters: 287).

Miller refers to in his recent gripping study as “The Secret of Style” (Miller 2003). ” It is a claim which has proved remarkably resilient over the centuries. ” What he wrote was this: The style of her familiar correspondence was in all respects the same as that of her novels. Every thing came finished from her pen; for on all subjects she had ideas as clear as her expressions were well chosen. It is not hazarding too much to say that she never dispatched a note or letter unworthy of publication.

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