Selected Letters (Oxford World's Classics)

Selected Letters (Oxford World's Classics) In One Of Her Personal Letters, Jane Austen Wrote Little Matters They Are To Be Sure, But Highly Important In Fact, Letter Writing Was Something Of An Addiction For Young Women Of Jane Austen S Time And In Her Social Position, And Austen S Letters Have A Freedom And Familiarity That Only Intimate Writing Can Convey Wiser Than Her Critics, Who Were Disappointed That Her Correspondence Dwelt On Gossip And The Minutiae Of Everyday Living, Austen Understood The Importance Of Little Matters, Of The Emotional And Material Details Of Individual Lives Shared With Friends And Family Through The Medium Of The Letter Ironic, Acerbic, Always Entertaining, Jane Austen S Letters Are A Fascinating Record Not Only Of Her Own Day To Day Existence, But Of The Pleasures And Frustrations Experienced By Women Of Her Social Class Which Are So Central To Her Novels Vivien Jones S Selection Includes Nearly Two Thirds Of Austen S Surviving Correspondence, And Her Lively Introduction And Notes Set The Novelist S Most Private Writings In Their Wider Cultural Context

Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature, her realism and biting social commentary cementing her historical importance among scholars and critics Austen lived her entire life as part of a close knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed

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  • 348 pages
  • Selected Letters (Oxford World's Classics)
  • Jane Austen
  • English
  • 23 May 2018
  • 9780192801845

10 thoughts on “Selected Letters (Oxford World's Classics)

  1. says:

    I didn t specifically read this edition but a collection of Austen s letters from the public domain Quite enjoyed reading them even though I felt like a bit of an interloper The letters are about the everyday average things such as discussing Mansfield Park with her brother or sharing the news of the death of her father Truly humanizes the woman behind the novel.

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    Well what to say these are everyday letters sent from Jane Austen to Cassandra or other people and like domestic life usually is this was mostly a dull read Probably with context it would have been interesting But one gets glimpses into the wit and intelligence of Jane Austen As well into her reading taste or what plays she attended Macbeth, Tartuffe, And of course everything related to the creation of her books or the selling earning aspect of it was fascinating P P is sold., 1812, 125 Some favourite passages 26 To Martha Lloyd Wednesday 12 Nov 1800 I come to you to be talked to, not to read or hear reading I can do that at home 38 52 To Cassandra Austen Monday 20 June 1808 Mr Waller is dead I see I cannot greive about it, nor perhaps can his Widow very much 84 I am quite ashamed but you have certainly little events than we have Mr Lyford supplies you with a great deal of interesting Matter Matter Intellectual, not physical 85 76 To Cassandra Austen Friday 29 Jan. 1813 I do not write for such dull elvesAs have not a great deal of ingenuity themselves 132, parody of Marmion 91 To Cassandra Austen Saturday 6 Nov. 1813 Having half an hour before breakfast very snug, in my own room, lovely morng, excellent fire, fancy me I will give you some account of the last two days 147 By the bye, as I must leave off being young, I find many Douceurs in being a sort of Chaperon for I am put on the Sofa near the Fire can drink as much wine as I like 148 Jane Austen July 2019 Read something by Jane Austen that is not one of her main six novels.

  3. says:

    Some of Jane Austen s personal correspondences interesting reading, she writes letters just as well as she writes novels.

  4. says:

    Many people who read Austen s letters feel that something is missing surely the author of Pride and Prejudice and other novels famous for their adroit writing could have produced better letters There are instances where her sarcastic wit and humor shines through, as when she wryly described a dinner party guest as being at once both expensively and nakedly dressed , but to get at them we must wade through pages of fabric prices, travel logistics and seemingly random gossipy tidbits about people, some of them so obscure as to be of interest only to biographers or historians of the period Many of her letters, especially those written to her sister Cassandra, were also written in an elliptical, disjointed style that make them difficult to follow R.W Chapman, the prominent Austen scholar, speculated that the deficiencies of her extant correspondences must have been caused by Cassandra s destruction of the bulk of Austen s letters in her possession Everything interesting or piquant must have been censored in the name of the privacy that Austen so highly prized Others argued that the letters opaqueness were deliberate, a part of a defense mechanism for a poor spinster dependent on the generosity of wealthier relatives I have no idea which theory is valid, but I must admit that reading through her letters could be a slog at times My perseverance was rewarded by several amusing letters, mostly from the period after her books were successfully published one to an errant publisher in which she adopted an alias that enabled her to sign the letter M.A.D, another in which she self deprecatingly but not without a certain mocking irony declined the royal librarian s suggestion that she should write a historical romance about the Prince Regent s ancestors, and still another in which she visited a portrait exhibition to look for the likenesses of Mrs Bingley and Mrs Darcy she found Mrs Bingley, but not Mrs Darcy, whose husband, Austen speculated, prizes any Picture of her too much to like it should be exposed to the public eye Some critics have argued that Austen s fiction is too narrow in scope as it hardly acknowledges the Napoleonic wars and other historical events at that time, but her letters indicate how au courant she was with the wars and even certain colonial affairs She maintained an active correspondence with her brothers in the Royal Navy and must have received many firsthand reports If there are hardly any references to contemporary events in her fiction, it must have been deliberate on her part We can feel her growing confidence as a writer and a mature woman in her later letters, in which she revealed herself as an affectionate aunt who dispensed literary and romantic advices to her nieces Her last letters, written as her fatal illness progressed, are a moving testament to her determination to not surrender to physical or mental infirmity.

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    You deserve a longer letter than this but it is my unhappy fate seldom to treat people so well as they deserve Jane Austen, 24 December 1798 Jane Austen s personal correspondence has stirred up controversy since her untimely death in 1817 at age 41 The next year her brother Henry Austen wrote in the Biographical Notice of the Author included with the publication of her novels Northanger Abbey and Persuasion that she never dispatched a note or a letter unworthy of publication Years later, a niece Caroline Austen did not agree, there is nothing in those letters which I have seen that would be acceptable to the public In comparison to her published works, the letters do dwell upon little matters of domestic life in the county, but to the patient reader we begin to understand Austen s life and experiences beyond the minutia and realize through her clever descriptions and acerbic observations how this simple parson s daughter became the author of novels that are so valued and cherished close to 200 years after their publication This reissue by Oxford University Press of their 2004 edition of Jane Austen Selected Letters is than worthy of a second printing Not only does it include two thirds of the known surviving letters and a thoughtful introduction by scholar Vivien Jones chronicling the history of the letters stewardship with the family, its supplemental material alone makes it an incredible value for the price As with the other Oxford World s Classics of Austen s major and minor works that have been reissued this past year, it includes a brief biography, notes on the text, a select bibliography, a chronology of Jane Austen s life, and explanatory notes Unique to this edition, and by far the highlight are the glossary of people and places and the detailed index for quick reference For students and Austen enthusiast seeking a compact edition in comparison to the comprehensive and hefty Jane Austen s Letters edited by Deirdre Le Faye, this reissue is a sleek and densely informative package Usually I abhor abridged editions of anything, but in this instance we are given an excellent selection of letters and a lively introduction at less than a third of the price of its competitor In this economy, I say better and better.Laurel Ann, Austenprose

  6. says:

    The letters are edited by Vivien Jones Austen is funny, gossipy, and sly Well worth reading.

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    Having read the majority of Jane Austen s novels in the last few months, I ve found myself a little obsessed with her I think she s such an amazing character, with sassy wit, a feminist mind and a sharp tongue which all make her so accessible despite the 200 years separating us When I spotted this book of letters in the library where I work, I picked it up without hesitation The opportunity to get inside the mind of a genius was irresistible.Jane herself acknowledges that her letters are full of little matters , but that didn t put me off I didn t mind reading the minor occurrences that happened in her life, because it painted a picture of a version of England that I m never going to be lucky enough to experience There will be no long stimulating walks in the country or rides in horse drawn carriages for me, and it really blows my mind to consider just how vastly everything has changed in what is a relatively brief period of time.However, I struggled at points with the vast array of characters that Jane wrote about, and because a lot of them shared names it was hard to keep all of them in order If I d been studying the letters rather than reading them for enjoyment, I probably would have referred to the glossary in the back of the book regularly, but it s hard to appreciate them when you re breaking your flow by flipping to the back of the book every couple of pages

  8. says:

    I found this collection an excellent way of learning about the life of Jane Austen, her relationship with her family and friends, particularly her sister Cassandra and to a certain extent the inspiration for her novels It is interesting to note that back in Austen s day, the recipient of the letter actually paid for the letter so it was only right that the sender fill the whole page with as much content as possible, as otherwise the recipient would be payng for empty space As this was essentially a history book, it should be no shock to you that her last few letters before her death were extremely sad and served as a reminder that death can come all too soon, therefore make the most of life as you can.

  9. says:

    I am having a hard time getting through this one. I love JA but while it is interesting seeing her letters and things about her day to day life, it is just taking me a really long time to read.Finally finished I did enjoy reading about Jane s life as she is a most beloved author to me, but did have a hard time getting through it Since most of the letters are about day to day life, there was nothing spurning me on to get to the end.

  10. says:

    Let me get one thing straight Jane Austen is my favourite author by a long way and I have read a few of her books times than I can remember but and I believe I will be struck down for this I hated this I was looking forward to reading her letters but without context, with bits missing and a constant need to look at notes in the back of the book just killed this for me Yes she still writes well and is gossipy and all the things that you would expect But all the letters seem pointless because of lack of context It s like listening to a one sided phone conversation about people you have never heard off After a while you just get bored and want to hear something else I am saddened by this and it feels that because Jane Austen is probably our best author that everything she writes is worth reading, but to print her letters minus the full understanding of them does Austen a serious disservice I know there are those who would shout me down about this and feel I have missed the point, and maybe I have, but I just couldn t get on with this book and having forced myself to read nearly 70 pages I just couldn t take any Life is too short to waste on books that don t make you feel good What s I believe Jane Austen would agree after all she wrote novels for me to enjoy, which I do, and she wrote letters to her family and friends which were probably not meant for public consumption.

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