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Later Manuscripts

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Part of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen

  • Date Published: May 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107620407

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  • The manuscripts that survive from Jane Austen's maturity offer a unique insight into her life as a creative writer. This volume collects together, for the first time, all the literary manuscripts from Austen's adult years (with the exception of the cancelled chapters of Persuasion, in this edition printed with the finished novel), together with letters discussing the art of fiction, and her record of responses to her novels. Included here are the novella 'Lady Susan', the novel fragments of 'The Watsons' and 'Sanditon', poems and charades, and the comic 'Plan of a Novel’. In an Appendix are collected other works ascribed to Austen, including the play 'Sir Charles Grandison' and three prayers. The introduction offers a history of the manuscripts and a full account of the current state of scholarship on them, and the texts are accompanied by explanatory notes and contextual information.

    • A full scholarly edition of Austen's unpublished works, established from the original manuscripts and accompanied by full scholarly textual and explanatory notes
    • Includes every unpublished work known to be by Jane Austen, including the major unfinished narratives, Sanditon and The Watsons
    • This volume completes the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "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

    "In what is probably the most venturesome and rewarding volume in the splendid "Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen, Todd and Bree present scrupulously re-edited texts of Lady Susan, The Watsons, and Sandition, along with line-by-line transcriptions of the manuscripts of the last two, which allow readers to appreciate Austen's habits of revision. They also present Austen's letters and brief essays on fiction, and texts of her 18 poems and the late charades...[The editors] have provided both the best introduction to these later works of Austen and the most satisfying reading-texts of them to date."
    --Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107620407
    • length: 874 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 49 mm
    • weight: 1.09kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Chronology
    Introduction
    Note on the text
    The Fiction: Lady Susan
    The Watsons
    Sanditon
    Poems and Charades: Poems
    Charades
    Austen on Fiction: To Mrs. Hunter of Norwich
    Letters on Fiction
    Plan of a Novel
    Opinions of Mansfield Park
    Opinions of Emma
    Appendices: A. Transcription of The Watsons
    B. Transcription of Sanditon
    C. Sir Charles Grandison
    D. Prayers
    E. Family poems
    F. Attributed poems
    Corrections and emendations
    Explanatory notes.

  • Author

    Jane Austen

    Editors

    Janet Todd, Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge and University of Aberdeen
    Janet Todd is Professor of English Literature at the University of Aberdeen.

    Linda Bree
    Linda Bree is Publisher for Literature at Cambridge University Press.

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