By James Edward Austen Leigh
Whilst James Edward Austen-Leigh's Memoir of his recognized aunt was once released in 1870, faraway from fulfilling public interest approximately Jane Austen because the kinfolk had meant, it easily raised a chain of latest questions, fairly approximately Jane Austen's unpublished paintings, which were pointed out purely in passing. Austen Leigh used to be persuaded to factor a much-expanded moment variation in 1871. right here he integrated for the 1st time the whole texts of Jane Austen's novel in letters, woman Susan, and the fragmentary novel The Watsons, in addition to a quick precis of her final unfinished paintings, later referred to as Sanditon. whilst he took the chance to revise the biographical sections of the Memoir partially to incorporate new details that had come to mild because the first version, in order that all in the entire moment variation has a value for Austen students fairly cut loose the 1st.
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I am, Sir, your most humble Servant, THE AUTHOR. T H E MYSTERY, A COMEDY. DRAMATIS PERSONM. Women. Men. Col. ELLIOTT. OLD HUMBUG. YOUNG HUMBUG. Sir EDWARD SPANGLE FANNY ELLIOTT. Mrs. HUMBUG and DAPHNE. and CORYDON. ACT I. —A Garden. Enter CORYDON. Corydon. But hush: I am interrupted. [Exit CORYDON. Enter OLD HUMBUG and his SON, talking. Old Hum. It is for that reason that I wish you to follow my advice. Are you convinced of its propriety ? 44 A Memoir of Young Hum. I am, sir, and will certainly act in the manner you have pointed out to me.
When my uncle undertook to teach me to shoot, his first lesson was how to clean my own gun. It was thought meritorious on the evening of a hunting day, to turn out after dinner, lanthorn in hand, and visit the stable, to ascertain that the horse had been well cared for. This was of the more importance, because, previous to the introduction of clipping, about the year 1820, it was a difficult and tedious work to make a long-coated hunter dry and comfortable, and was often very imperfectly done. ' I have drawn pictures for which my own experience, or what I heard from others in my youth, have supplied the materials.
She was very kind about it, and always had some praise to bestow, but at last she warned me against spending too much time upon them. —that she knew writing stories was a great amusement, and she thought a harmless one, though many people, she was aware, thought otherwise ; but that at my age it would be bad for me to be much taken up with my own compositions. ' As this niece was only twelve years old at the time of her aunt's death, these words seem to imply that the juvenile tales to which I have referred had, some of them at least, been written in her childhood.
A Memoir of Jane Austen: Together with ’Lady Susan’ by James Edward Austen Leigh