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On September 18, 1796, she tells Cassandra, "What dreadful Hot weather we have!--It keeps one in a continual state of Inelegance.--If Miss Pearson should return with me, pray be careful not to expect too much Beauty..." The dashes and capitalization alone make one long for the days before stylistic rules had so cemented. As for the sentiments! Austen paces her monologues to perfection, making the comic and ironic most out of the smallest incidents. Still, her frustration does occasionally emerge. "I am forced to be abusive," she implodes to Cassandra, "for want of a subject, having nothing really to say." Jane Austen has more than enough to say for lovers of literature and the cultural pinprick. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The content is great, and gives an insight into Jane Austen's stream of consciousness to her sister, and interesting tidbits about late 18th and early 19th century everyday life. Read morePublished 7 months ago by CelticJaneite
I ordered the book, believing it to be Deirdre Le Faye's famous compilation. What I got was a miserly coarsley printed booklet, with no commentary and footnotes. Read morePublished 13 months ago by YORAM COHEN
For a die hard JA fan this book is a great read. The letters themselves are mostly boring family news. But JA wrote them and this was her life. Read morePublished 14 months ago by smb
We can see where many of Jane Austen's heroines get their spunk by reading Ms. Austen's personal letters. Great for any fan or scholar of Ms. Austen's work.Published 14 months ago by WWJAD
This is a bit of a rip-off, frankly. It's a small selection of Austen's letters and that is clear once you hold this little book in your hand; but there's no indication in its... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jill
There are some real problems with the paperback editions, and luckily I read about them before deciding to purchase the hardcover fourth edition of this book, which has all the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Paper or Kindle
I got the hardcover version, edited by Deirdre Le Fay, out of the library and it's a wonderful and very complete version. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Maura D. Powerssmith
I have come to love Jane Austens writing and saw this book listed
in the back of one of the many I've read about Jane Austen and I'm so glad I did!
It's really something!
Although Jane Austen's letters stand out by themselves as fascinating and tantalizing glimpses of a beloved sister, daughter and now-famous author, the Pavilion Press edition is a... Read morePublished 23 months ago by P. T. McConnell