By James Edward Austen-Leigh
Jane Austen (as is so cogently famous during this quantity) won little observe or popularity in the course of her unfortunately brief existence. Likewise, except her six novels and a few letters, little basic facts exists to enlighten her admirers. regrettably, it was once universal within the nineteenth century for households to burn all fabrics believed to be too own or too revealing.
In project to jot down this "memoir" in regards to the lifetime of his outstanding aunt, J.E.Austen-Leigh definitely the mores of the days in holding her privateness. however the little he tells his readers approximately his stories of Jane Austen are worthy a cautious perusal, if purely 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 constantly genteel and decorous. yet he does be ready to exhibit a feeling of her playfulness, creativity, and inventiveness, and he's justified in relating her as a genius.
Written in a now antiquated variety, parts of this narrow memoir could be tough going, however it is definitely worth the attempt.
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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. Now Chapman adds the ﬁnishing touch, and Austen transforms from Marianne Dashwood into Anne Elliot, enacting the whole gamut of emotions from hysteria to settled melancholy. Implicitly, we are told, Jane Austen’s total achievement as a writer is to be explained in terms of the loss of Steventon. The trajectory of her ﬁction is determined by her need for reconnection with her natal environment.
It can hardly be because Jane Austen did not write any . . It can only be that Cassandra . . chose to destroy them . . ’ A favoured strategy among recent biographers has been to reconstitute empathetically such ‘destroyed’ textual traces. Accordingly, Nokes tells us that ‘Cassandra received the news [of Tom Fowle’s death] with a kind of numbness. Outwardly, she was strangely calm . . ’19 It is the biographer’s duty, in the interests of recording the complete life, to recover not only what must have existed and been destroyed but what only appears to be ‘unacknowledged and unperceived’.
Neither piece of discretion is surprising; both are matters of honour and, for the time, of good taste. Austen-Leigh was his great-uncle Leigh Perrot’s heir, adding Leigh to his name on his great-aunt’s death in . But the excitement and publicity of the imprisonment and trial, occurring only a year before the Austens moved to Bath, must have continued to hang in the air and to aﬀect the family’s social standing in the city. For this reason and others, we long to know more of Jane Austen’s impressions of life there.
A Memoir of Jane Austen: And Other Family Recollections (Oxford World's Classics) by James Edward Austen-Leigh