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By Claudia L. Johnson, Clara Tuite

Reflecting the dynamic and expansive nature of Austen reviews, A significant other to Jane Austen offers forty two essays from a special workforce of literary students that research the entire breadth of the English novelist's works and occupation.

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

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There has been a cold & sorethroat prevailing very much in this House lately . . I want to hear of your gathering Strawberries, we have had them three times here . . (Letters: 130–1) We hear it in the way these letters create a picture of the writer which is intended to overcome distance and in which her body, her situation as she writes and reads, is essential to the effect: “I am in the Yellow room – very literally – for I am writing in it at this moment” (Letters: 125); “it is now half past twelve, & having heard Lizzy read, I am moved down into the Library for the sake of a fire which agreeably surprised us when we assembled at Ten, & here in warm & happy solitude proceed to acknowledge this day’s Letter” (Letters: 137).

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. ” Frank and Charles were naval officers, a fact which is embellished to explain why she “never touched upon politics, law, or medicine . . But with ships and sailors she felt herself at home, or at least could always trust to a brotherly critic to keep her right” (AustenLeigh 2002: 16–18). How else might Austen have known, not only about ships, but also and more generally about matters requiring literary judgment if it were not for her brothers?

Habitually supplementing the information in his treasured genealogy, Sir Walter has been reduced in the opening pages of Persuasion to using his own copy of Debrett’s as a form of apotropaic talisman. “When he now took up the Baronetage,” we are told, “it was to drive the heavy bills of tradespeople, and the unwelcome hints of Mr. Shepherd, his agent, from his thoughts” (p. 9). Sir Walter has managed to pass this attitude with regards to books and writing on to the eldest of his three daughters, Elizabeth, though for her the volume is not consolatory.

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