By James Edward Austen-Leigh
Jane Austen (as is so cogently famous during this quantity) won little discover or status in the course of her unfortunately brief existence. Likewise, except her six novels and a few letters, little fundamental proof exists to enlighten her admirers. unfortunately, it used to be 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 significant aunt, J.E.Austen-Leigh absolutely the mores of the days in maintaining her privateness. however the little he tells his readers approximately his thoughts of Jane Austen are worthy a cautious perusal, if in simple terms simply because he knew her. those that be aware of from her books concerning the sharpness of her humorousness and satire will take with a grain of salt her portrayal the following as consistently genteel and decorous. yet he does be ready to express a feeling of her playfulness, creativity, and inventiveness, and he's justified in pertaining to her as a genius.
Written in a now antiquated sort, parts of this slender memoir could be challenging going, however it is well worth the attempt.
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26 Summing up the family traditions in , R. W. Chapman presses them yet further: Jane made the best of it. . Jane’s local attachments were of extraordinary strength; they were no small part of her genius. We cannot doubt that the loss of her native county, and of the multitude of associations which made up her girlish experience, was exquisitely painful. Her feelings cannot have been less acute than Marianne’s on leaving Norland, or Anne’s on leaving Kellynch. 27 Jane’s love of the local Hampshire countryside is partly drawn from Fanny Caroline’s account, but Chapman takes it on himself to strengthen the relationship of equivalence between author and ﬁctions by extending the link, arbitrarily made to Austen’s ﬁrst heroine by later generations of Austen-Leighs, to incorporate her ﬁnal heroine, Anne Elliot from Persuasion.
Shelley King and John B. Pierce. Scott, Sir Walter, The Antiquary, ed. Nicola Watson. —— Waverley, ed. Claire Lamont. Staël, Mme de, Corinne, trans. and ed. Sylvia Raphael. A CHRONOLOGY OF THE AUSTEN FAMILY April, Marriage of the Revd George Austen and Cassandra Leigh. February, James Austen, JEAL’s father and JA’s eldest brother, born at Deane. August, George Austen the younger born at Deane. October, Edward Austen born at Deane. July/August, Austen family move to Steventon.
In his opening chapter Austen-Leigh had been at some pains to point out that if ‘Cassandra’s character might indeed represent the “sense” of Elinor’, 25 William Austen-Leigh and Richard Arthur Austen-Leigh, Jane Austen: Her Life and Letters. , ), –. 26 Sense and Sensibility, vol. , ch. . 27 R. W. Chapman, Jane Austen: Facts and Problems (Oxford: Clarendon Press, ; repr. ), . xl Introduction ‘Jane’s had little in common with the “sensibility” of Marianne’ (p. ). But Lord Brabourne played up the romance of a more susceptible Aunt Jane, as did Austen-Leigh’s descendants.