By James Edward Austen-Leigh
James Edward Austen-Leigh's Memoir of his aunt Jane Austen used to be released in 1870, over fifty years after her loss of life. including the shorter reminiscences of James Edward's sisters, Anna Lefroy and Caroline Austen, the Memoir is still the major authority for her existence and maintains to notify all next bills. those are relations thoughts, the list of Jane Austen's existence formed and constrained by way of the loyalties, reserve, and affection of nieces and nephews recuperating in outdated age the outlines of the younger aunt they'd each one identified. They nonetheless remembered the form of her bonnet and the tone of her voice, and their first-hand bills carry her vividly sooner than us. Their declared partiality additionally increases interesting matters bearing on biographical fact, and the phrases during which all biography functions.
This version brings jointly for the 1st time those 3 memoirs, and in addition comprises Jane's brother Henry Austen's "Biographical Notice" of 1818 and his much less recognized "Memoir" of 1833.
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Additional info for A Memoir of Jane Austen: And Other Family Recollections (Oxford World's Classics)
Austen-Leigh, Mary Augusta, Personal Aspects of Jane Austen (London: John Murray, ). Austen-Leigh, William, and Austen-Leigh, Richard Arthur, Jane Austen: Her Life and Letters. , ). , ). , London: Richard Bentley and Son, ). Hubback, J. , Admiral of the Fleet, and Rear-Admiral Charles Austen (London: John Lane, ). Knatchbull, Lady, ‘Aunt Jane’, Cornhill Magazine, (), –. Knight, Fanny, Fanny Knight’s Diaries: Jane Austen Through Her Niece’s Eyes, ed. Deirdre Le Faye (Alton: Jane Austen Society, ).
This is their version: Tradition says that when Jane returned home accompanied by Martha Lloyd, the news was abruptly announced by her mother, who thus greeted them: ‘Well, girls, it is all settled; we have decided to leave Steventon in such a week, and go to Bath’; and that the shock of the intelligence was so great to Jane that she fainted away. Unfortunately, there is no further direct evidence to show how far Jane’s feelings Introduction xxxix resembled those she attributed to Marianne Dashwood on leaving Norland; but we have the negative evidence arising from the fact that none of her letters are preserved between November , , and January , , although Cassandra was at Godmersham during the whole of the intervening month.
That his primmer Victorian relatives found themselves defending Aunt Jane from the potential charge of unseemly frivolity. It is also in Henry’s two accounts that the long-running myth begins of eﬀortless artistic originality, the morally irreproachable spinster who, entirely unconsciously, produced exquisitely ﬁnished novels (‘Every thing came ﬁnished from her pen . ’ (p. ) ). His second account is the more considered––he removes all mention of those deathbed verses––and it is less narrowly grounded in xlviii Introduction family recollection.