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Jane Austen's Letters

I had never heard about this book until I read a few quotes from it in the introduction to Persuasion. Has anyone read it?
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drclawgirl wrote:
I had never heard about this book until I read a few quotes from it in the introduction to Persuasion. Has anyone read it?




I presume you are referring to a book on Jane Austen Letters. When visiting Chawton, one of Jane's homes, I purchased a lovely little book of "Jane Austen Letters, selected and edited by R.W. Chapman" and published by Oxford University Press as part of a 1955 World Classics series. In addition, I have a 2004 paperback, "Jane Austen Selected Letters, selected with an introduction and notes by Vivien Jones"; Oxford University Press. The letters were sourced from a Deirdre Le Faye publication of Jane's Letters.
The letters are very much like reading the correspondence from a friend or family member about the routines, occasions, and people experienced in the course of living. Jane's personality is evident and, I feel, identifiable in some of her characters from her novels. This is the fun I receive from reading her letters, in addition to the details of the activities and events of her time. I have not made a thorough reading of the letters, more an occasional leafing through of a few letters at a time,as if I have just received a letter from a friend.
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drclawgirl wrote:
I had never heard about this book until I read a few quotes from it in the introduction to Persuasion. Has anyone read it?


Oh, absolutely. I have the third edition with Le Faye as editor, which is based on the Chapman edition of 1932 augmented with additional letters and fragments which have come to light, and with valuable notes. It also has several indices, including a biographical information with a brief comment on all the people mentioned in the letters (as far as they can be identified), a topographical index of all the places mentioned in the letters, and a general index.

I wouldn't read it straight through myself, but it's a delight to browse in. And it's also useful to look up references in; if you want to know what JA's connection with Bath was, for example, you can look up Bath in the index and find all the letters that mention it.

I recommend it highly.
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...and here's a link to the paperback edition of the letters from Oxford University Press.
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...and here's a link to the paperback edition of the letters from Oxford University Press.

Yep. That's the edition I have. Highly recommended.
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drclawgirl wrote:
I had never heard about this book until I read a few quotes from it in the introduction to Persuasion. Has anyone read it?




I have a beautiful Folio Socity editon of Jane Austin's letters. A lot of the letters are written to her sister Cassandra.

Interest reading.

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