By James Edward Austen-Leigh
James Edward Austen-Leigh's Memoir of his aunt Jane Austen was once released in 1870, over fifty years after her demise. including the shorter memories of James Edward's sisters, Anna Lefroy and Caroline Austen, the Memoir is still the best authority for her lifestyles and keeps to notify all next money owed. those are kin thoughts, the checklist of Jane Austen's lifestyles formed and restricted by way of the loyalties, reserve, and affection of nieces and nephews recuperating in outdated age the outlines of the younger aunt that they had every one identified. They nonetheless remembered the form of her bonnet and the tone of her voice, and their first-hand debts deliver her vividly prior to us. Their declared partiality additionally increases attention-grabbing concerns touching on biographical fact, and the phrases within which all biography functions.
This variation brings jointly for the 1st time those 3 memoirs, and in addition comprises Jane's brother Henry Austen's "Biographical Notice" of 1818 and his much less recognized "Memoir" of 1833.
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London: Routledge and Kegan Paul): vol. , – (); vol. , – (). , London: Routledge/Thoemmes Press, ). The collection reprints, with new introductions by David Gilson, several of the standard reference and background works. ‘Jane Austen Studies’, listed regularly in the Jane Austen Society Reports (the journal of the Jane Austen Society, Chawton, Hants), provides an annual update on the main bibliography. Select Bibliography liii Jane Austen Society Reports (– ) and Persuasions (– ) (the journal of the Jane Austen Society of North America, JASNA) regularly include articles of biographical interest on Jane Austen and members of her family.
33 In defending the partiality of her father’s ‘life’ of Jane Austen, Mary Augusta Austen-Leigh hoped also to adjust its cultural impact. If the Memoir had the immediate eﬀect of awakening general public interest in an author virtually forgotten outside select critical circles, it had done so, or so it seemed in , on terms too narrow and comfortable. Certainly, AustenLeigh’s complacent presentation of his aunt had an incalculable inﬂuence on the popularization and critical reading of her novels far into the twentieth century.
Caroline wrote to James Edward: My Aunt was very sorry to leave her native home, as I have heard my Mother relate––My Aunts had been away a little while, and were met in the Hall ˆon their returnˆ by their Mother who told them it was all settled, and they were going to live at Bath. [sic] said my Aunt Jane was greatly distressed––All things were done in a hurry by Mr. Austen & of course that is not a fact to be written and printed––but you have authority for saying she did mind it––if you think it worth while–– (p.