'The Juvenilia, here presented with full explanatory notes, can now take their important place in Jane Austen's works.' The Jane Austen Society Newsletter 'Sabor provides in their respective volumes a generous, helpful, and historically informed introduction to the work and its reception; a set of informative, judicious explanatory notes; and a meticulously prepared and visually well presented text. ... Sabor's achievement in the edition of the Juvenilia is a tour de force.' Devoney Looser, University of Missouri
Jane Austen (1775-1817) is one of the most widely read English novelists. The seventh of eight children in a lively and affectionate, but also intellectual, family, Austen started writing as a child for their amusement. An eager novel-reader herself, with almost no formal education, she was educated at home by her father and brothers. By the age of twenty-three she wrote three novels, which were later altered into her most notable work: Sense and Sensibility (published in 1811), Pride and Prejudice (published in 1813) and Northanger Abbey. Her early writing resonated with satirical views of sentimental drama, a popular genre at the time, depicting social circles familiar to her through her own family circumstances. Three notebooks of poems, letters and other pieces, compiled by Austen later in life are now referred to as Juvenilia. It was the publication of reworked early writings Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice that brought Austen financial independence and popularity which allowed her to help support her family as she never married. Two more novels followed: Emma (1815) and Mansfield Park (1816) but by early 1816 Austen's health started to deteriorate. Austen continued writing, however, never resumed the same force of the early years. Northanger Abbey was published posthumously.
Introduction Note on the text Volume the First: Frederic and Elfrida Jack and Alice Edgar and Emma Henry and Eliza The adventures of Mr Harley Sir William Mountague Memoirs of Mr Clifford The beautiful Cassandra Amelia Webster The Visit The Mystery The Three Sisters A fragment - written to inculcate the practise of Virtue A beautiful description of the different effects of Sensibility on different Minds The Generous Curate Ode to Pity Volume the Second: Love and Freindship Lesley Castle The History of England A Collection of Letters The female philosopher The First Act of a Comedy A Letter from a Young Lady A Tour through Wales A Tale Volume the Third: Evelyn, Catharine, or the Bower Corrections and Emendations Appendix A. The History of England: facsimile Appendix B. Marginalia in Oliver Goldsmith's The History of England Appendix C. Marginalia in Vicesimus Knox's Elegant Extracts Appendix D. Sophia Sentiment's letter in The Loiterer Appendix D. Continuations of 'Evelyn' and 'Catharine' by James Edward Austen and Anna Lefroy Abbreviations Explanatory notes.