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Later Manuscripts


Part of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen

  • Date Published: December 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521843485

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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 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    • A full scholarly edition of Austen's unpublished works, established from the original manuscripts and accompanied by full scholarly textual and explanatory notes
    • Includes every unpublished work known to be by Jane Austen, including the major unfinished narratives, Sanditon and The Watsons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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    '… a fine and meticulous edition …' News Letter, The Jane Austen Society

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521843485
    • length: 874 pages
    • dimensions: 222 x 144 x 48 mm
    • weight: 1.1kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Note on the text
    The Fiction: Lady Susan
    The Watsons
    Poems and Charades: Poems
    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


    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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