Biographical sources Last page of letter from Austen to her sister, Cassandra, 11 June There is little biographical information about Jane Austen's life except the few letters that survive and the biographical notes her family members wrote. Ostensibly, Cassandra destroyed or censored her sister's letters to prevent their falling into the hands of relatives and ensuring that "younger nieces did not read any of Jane Austen's sometimes acid or forthright comments on neighbours or family members". The paucity of record of Austen's life leaves modern biographers little to work with. The heirs of Jane's brother, Admiral Francis Austendestroyed more letters; details were excised from the "Biographical Notice" her brother wrote in ; and family details continued to be elided[ clarify ] or embellished in her nephew's A Memoir of Jane Austenpublished inand in William and Richard Arthur Austen-Leigh's biography Jane Austen:
Friday, went to the Lower Rooms; wore my sprigged muslin robe with blue trimmings -- plain black shoes -- appeared to much advantage; but was strangely harassed by a queer, half-witted man, who would make me dance with him, and distressed me by his nonsense.
King; had a great deal of conversation with him -- seems a most extraordinary genius -- hope I may know more of him. That, madam, is what I wish you to say.
These are points in which a doubt is equally possible.
Not keep a journal! How are your absent cousins to understand the tenour of your life in Bath without one? How are the civilities and compliments of every day to be related as they ought to be, unless noted down every evening in a journal?
How are your various dresses to be remembered, and the particular state of your complexion, and curl of your hair to be described in all their diversities, without having constant recourse to a journal? Everybody allows that the talent of writing agreeable letters is peculiarly female.
Nature may have done something, but I am sure it must be essentially assisted by the practice of keeping a journal.Last week’s post on the spooky dimensions of reading—the one-on-one encounter, in the silent places of the mind, with another person’s thinking—sparked a lively discussion on the comments page, and no shortage of interesting questions.
In Austens gentle parody of gothic fiction, Felicity Jones (Meadowlands) plays romance addict Catherine Morland. Invited to a medieval country house that appeals to her most lurid fantasies, she forms a close friendship with the younger son on the estate, Henry Tilney (JJ Feild, The Secret Life of Mrs.
Beeton), but their budding romance is mysteriously cut short. Love and Freindship is a juvenile story by Jane Austen, dated From the age of eleven until she was eighteen, Austen wrote her tales in three notebooks.
From the age of eleven until she was eighteen, Austen wrote her tales in three notebooks. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. Home / Literature / Northanger Abbey / Quotes / since Northanger Abbey is not only concerned with romantic love, but with friendship as well.
In fact, friendship might arguably play a more important role in the bulk of the text than romantic love. Friendship.
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