Memoir of Jane Austen by James Edward Austen-Leigh

Memoir of Jane Austen by James Edward Austen-Leigh

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“The Memoir of my Aunt, Jane Austen, has been received with more favour than I had ventured to expect. The notices taken of it in the periodical press, as well as letters addressed to me by many with whom I am not personally acquainted, show that an unabated interest is still taken in every particular that can be told about her. I am thus encouraged not only to offer a Second Edition of the Memoir, but also to enlarge it with some additional matter which I might have scrupled to intrude on the public if they had not thus seemed to call for it. In the present Edition, the narrative is somewhat enlarged, and a few more letters are added; with a short specimen of her childish stories. The cancelled chapter of ‘Persuasion’ is given, in compliance with wishes both publicly and privately expressed. A fragment of a story entitled ‘The Watsons’ is printed; and extracts are given from a novel which she had begun a few months before her death; but the chief addition is a short tale never before published, called ‘Lady Susan.’ I regret that the little which I have been able to add could not appear in my First Edition; as much of it was either unknown to me, or not at my command, when I first published; and I hope that I may claim some indulgent allowance for the difficulty of recovering little facts and feelings which had been merged half a century deep in oblivion.” – James Edward Austen-Leigh in the Preface to Memoir of Jane Austen
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“The Memoir of my Aunt, Jane Austen, has been received with more favour than I had ventured to expect. The notices taken of it in the periodical press, as well as letters addressed to me by many with whom I am not personally acquainted, show that an unabated interest is still taken in every particular that can be told about her. I am thus encouraged not only to offer a Second Edition of the Memoir, but also to enlarge it with some additional matter which I might have scrupled to intrude on the public if they had not thus seemed to call for it. In the present Edition, the narrative is somewhat enlarged, and a few more letters are added; with a short specimen of her childish stories. The cancelled chapter of ‘Persuasion’ is given, in compliance with wishes both publicly and privately expressed. A fragment of a story entitled ‘The Watsons’ is printed; and extracts are given from a novel which she had begun a few months before her death; but the chief addition is a short tale never before published, called ‘Lady Susan.’ I regret that the little which I have been able to add could not appear in my First Edition; as much of it was either unknown to me, or not at my command, when I first published; and I hope that I may claim some indulgent allowance for the difficulty of recovering little facts and feelings which had been merged half a century deep in oblivion.” – James Edward Austen-Leigh in the Preface to Memoir of Jane Austen
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01 – Preface and Chapter ...

02 Jan 2021 | 23 mins 37 secs

01 – Preface and Cha...

02 Jan 2021 | 23 mins 37 secs

02 – Description of Steve...

01 Jan 2021 | 33 mins 07 secs

02 – Description of ...

01 Jan 2021 | 33 mins 07 secs

03 – Early Compositions–F...

31 Dec 2020 | 36 mins 37 secs

03 – Early Compositi...

31 Dec 2020 | 36 mins 37 secs

04 – Removal from Stevent...

30 Dec 2020 | 23 mins 26 secs

04 – Removal from St...

30 Dec 2020 | 23 mins 26 secs

05 – Description of Jane ...

29 Dec 2020 | 18 mins 49 secs

05 – Description of ...

29 Dec 2020 | 18 mins 49 secs

06 – Habits of Compositio...

28 Dec 2020 | 18 mins 19 secs

06 – Habits of Compo...

28 Dec 2020 | 18 mins 19 secs

07 – Seclusion from the l...

27 Dec 2020 | 31 mins 45 secs

07 – Seclusion from ...

27 Dec 2020 | 31 mins 45 secs

08 – Slow growth of her f...

26 Dec 2020 | 13 mins 06 secs

08 – Slow growth of ...

26 Dec 2020 | 13 mins 06 secs

09 – Opinions expressed b...

25 Dec 2020 | 13 mins 39 secs

09 – Opinions expres...

25 Dec 2020 | 13 mins 39 secs

10 – Observations on the ...

24 Dec 2020 | 09 mins 03 secs

10 – Observations on...

24 Dec 2020 | 09 mins 03 secs

11 – Declining health of ...

23 Dec 2020 | 27 mins 08 secs

11 – Declining healt...

23 Dec 2020 | 27 mins 08 secs

12 – The Cancelled Chapte...

22 Dec 2020 | 23 mins 11 secs

12 – The Cancelled C...

22 Dec 2020 | 23 mins 11 secs

13 – The Last Work

21 Dec 2020 | 20 mins 40 secs

13 – The Last Work

21 Dec 2020 | 20 mins 40 secs

14 – Chapter 14: Postscri...

20 Dec 2020 | 07 mins 10 secs

14 – Chapter 14: Pos...

20 Dec 2020 | 07 mins 10 secs