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 was once universal within the nineteenth century for households to burn all fabrics believed to be too own or too revealing.
In project to put in writing this "memoir" concerning the lifetime of his great aunt, J.E.Austen-Leigh unquestionably 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 basic terms simply because he knew her. those that recognize from her books concerning the sharpness of her humorousness and satire will take with a grain of salt her portrayal right here as continually genteel and decorous. yet he does have the ability to show a feeling of her playfulness, creativity, and inventiveness, and he's justified in concerning her as a genius.
Written in a now antiquated kind, parts of this slender memoir will be challenging going, however it is well worth the attempt.
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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. June, Henry Austen born at Steventon. January, Cassandra Austen born at Steventon; March, the Revd Austen becomes Rector of Deane as well as Steventon; Pupils are boarded at Steventon from now until .
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Reticence was a matter of moral responsibility for the Victorian biographer, but that does not mean that attention to the limits of what can or should be made known need prevent discerning speculation, or that the moral reading of a life cannot become its imaginative reading. One of the earliest and most insightful readers of the Memoir was the novelist Margaret Oliphant, whose review of the ﬁrst edition appeared in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine for March . Oliphant refuses to have any truck with Austen-Leigh’s idealized portrait of a selﬂess spinster aunt, grateful sister, and uncomplaining daughter.