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 best authority for her existence and keeps to notify all next debts. those are family members thoughts, the list of Jane Austen's lifestyles formed and constrained via the loyalties, reserve, and affection of nieces and nephews convalescing in outdated age the outlines of the younger aunt they'd every one identified. They nonetheless remembered the form of her bonnet and the tone of her voice, and their first-hand debts convey her vividly prior to us. Their declared partiality additionally increases interesting matters touching on biographical fact, and the phrases within which all biography functions.
This version brings jointly for the 1st time those 3 memoirs, and in addition contains Jane's brother Henry Austen's "Biographical Notice" of 1818 and his much less identified "Memoir" of 1833.
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Extra resources for A Memoir of Jane Austen: And Other Family Recollections (Oxford World's Classics)
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The structuring device of home, and of Hampshire homes in xlii Introduction particular, sustains Austen-Leigh’s account, with its emphasis on well-regulated domesticity and family harmony. The Austens were a close-knit and talented family. ‘[U]ncommon abilities . . 29 Their closeness, strengthened by marriages between cousins and within a small circle of long-time friends, and by the recurrence across generations of the same Christian names, can disorientate the reader attempting to separate the various threads of connection.
33 34 xlvi Introduction Esten, Charles’s daughter, and was considered by Anna Lefroy to be ‘hideously unlike’. ’35 It is tempting to ﬁnd in the story of the portraits a lesson for the biography reader. Other Family Recollections One of the purposes of this collection of family biographies is to help the reader of Jane Austen’s life recover the texts and contexts from which it continues to be rewritten; and to help reconsider the steps by which we have moved from a reticent to a revelatory view of the individual life.
A Memoir of Jane Austen: And Other Family Recollections (Oxford World's Classics) by James Edward Austen-Leigh