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Catharine and Other Writings By Jane Austen

Catharine and Other Writings

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Jane Austen began writing in her early teens, and filled three notebooks with her fiction. This collection of her earliest work reflects her interest in the novel as a genre and also presents many of her poems, written to console or amuse friends and rarely reprinted.
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Catharine and Other Writings by Jane Austen

Jane Austen began writing in her early teens, and filled three notebooks with her fiction. Her earliest work reflects her interest in the novel as a genre; in short pieces she plays with plots, stock characters, diction and style, developing a sense of form at a remarkably early age. The characters of these stories have a jaunty and never-failing devotion to themselves. They perpetually lie, cheat, steal - and occasionally commit murder. Throughout these short or unfinished pieces, Austen exhibits her sense of the preposterous in life and fiction with tough-mindedness and robust humour. Alice, the mock-heroine of "Jack and Alice" has "many rare and charming qualities, but sobriety is not one of them". In her later published fiction, Austen had learned to take demands for propriety seriously, reining in whatever might be thought boisterous or coarse. Here we see Jane Austen without her inhibitions. In addition to prose fiction and prayers, this collection also contains many of Jane Austen's poems, written to amuse or console friends, and rarely reprinted. The texts have been compared with the manuscripts and edited to give a number of new readings. The notes recreate the texture of daily life in Jane Austen's age, and demonstrate her knowledge of the fiction of her time. The introduction by Margaret Anne Doody sets the writings within the context of Jane Austen's life and literary career.

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"An excellent collection and some of the these items have been hard to find in print."--Edna L. Steeves, University of Rhode Island


"An excellent collection and some of the these items have been hard to find in print."--Edna L. Steeves, University of Rhode Island

"An excellent collection and some of the these items have been hard to find in print."--Edna L. Steeves, University of Rhode Island


"An excellent collection and some of the these items have been hard to find in print."--Edna L. Steeves, University of Rhode Island


Table of Contents


Frederic and Elfrida; Jack and Alice; Edgar and Emma; Henry and Eliza; Mr Harley; Sir William Montague; Mr Clifford; The Beautiful Cassandra; Amelia Webster; The Visit; The Mystery; The Three Sisters; Detached Pieces; Ode to Pity; Love and Friendship; Lesley Castle; The History of England; A Collection of Letters; Scaps; Evelyn; Catharine; Plan of a Novel; Verses; Prayers

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GOR001282398
Catharine and Other Writings by Jane Austen
Jane Austen
Oxford World's Classics
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press
1998-06-18
418
0192835211
9780192835215
N/A
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