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James Edward Austen-Leigh’s Memoir of Jane Austen

James Edward Austen-Leigh (1798 – 1874), a nephew of Jane Austen’s, first published A Memoir of Jane Austen in 1869. Its second edition in 1871 was much expanded to include more letters and biographical material. At this point in time, her reputation was somewhat waning, and this publication is credited for having helped to revive her reputation.

In the narrative, Austen-Leigh describes the difficulties experienced by Austen’s family to secure publication for her early works. Indeed, during Jane’s lifetime, her successes were solid yet modest, and much of her work was published under the generic nom de plume “A Lady.” Read More→

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