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Part of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen

  • Date Published: May 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107044166

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  • Jane Austen's remarkable juvenilia date from 1787, when she was eleven, to 1793, when she was seventeen. She preserved these early writings in three manuscript notebooks, entitled, with mock solemnity, 'Volume the First', 'Volume the Second', and 'Volume the Third'. Most of these works are short fictions, but Austen also wrote the opening of what could have become a full-length novel, 'Catharine', as well as dramatic sketches, verses, and a few non-fictional pieces. Astonishingly sophisticated and inventive, these writings are now receiving the scholarly attention they deserve. This edition provides a fresh transcription of Austen's manuscripts, with comprehensive explanatory notes, an extensive critical introduction, covering the context and publication history of the juvenilia, a chronology of Austen's life and an authoritative textual apparatus. It also prints, for the first time, the copious satirical marginalia that Austen wrote on her copies of Oliver Goldsmith's History of England.

    • The authoritative edition of Austen's complete juvenilia
    • Displays Austen's revisions to her earliest writings
    • Includes a facsimile of A History of England with Cassandra Austen's illustrations
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Sabor’s achievement in the edition of the Juvenilia is a tour de force...The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen performs an admirable service for readers--and particularly scholars – of Austen. It is a service that will no doubt last for generations to come."
    -Devoney Looser, University of Missouri, Editionen in der Kritik

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107044166
    • length: 574 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 32 mm
    • weight: 0.72kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Note on the text
    Volume the First: Frederic and Elfrida
    Jack and Alice
    Edgar and Emma
    Henry and Eliza
    The adventures of Mr Harley
    Sir William Mountague
    Memoirs of Mr Clifford
    The beautiful Cassandra
    Amelia Webster
    The Visit
    The Mystery
    The Three Sisters
    A fragment - written to inculcate the practise of Virtue
    A beautiful description of the different effects of Sensibility on different Minds
    The Generous Curate
    Ode to Pity
    Volume the Second: Love and Freindship
    Lesley Castle
    The History of England
    A Collection of Letters
    The female philosopher
    The First Act of a Comedy
    A Letter from a Young Lady
    A Tour through Wales
    A Tale
    Volume the Third: Evelyn, Catharine, or the Bower
    Corrections and Emendations
    Appendix A. The History of England: facsimile
    Appendix B. Marginalia in Oliver Goldsmith's The History of England
    Appendix C. Marginalia in Vicesimus Knox's Elegant Extracts
    Appendix D. Sophia Sentiment's letter in The Loiterer
    Appendix D. Continuations of 'Evelyn' and 'Catharine' by James Edward Austen and Anna Lefroy
    Explanatory notes.

  • Author

    Jane Austen


    Peter Sabor, McGill University, Montréal
    Peter Sabor is Director of the Burney Centre and Canada Research Chair in Eighteenth-Century Studies at McGill University, Montreal.

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