A Memoir of Jane Austen

This unique edition brings together for the first time Austen-Leigh’s memoir of his aunt Jane Austen, together with shorter recollections by James Edward’s two sisters. It also includes Jane’s brother Henry’s two biographical accounts.


'I doubt whether it would be possible to mention any author of note, whose personal obscurity was so complete.'James Edward Austen-Leigh's Memoir of his aunt Jane Austen was published in 1870, over fifty years after her death. Together with the shorter recollections of James Edward's two sisters, Anna Lefroy and Caroline Austen, the Memoir remains the prime authority for her life and continues to inform all subsequent accounts. These are family memories, the record of Jane Austen's life shaped and limited by the loyalties, reserve, and affection of nieces and nephews recovering inold age the outlines of the young aunt they had each known. They still remembered the shape of her bonnet and the tone of her voice, and their first-hand accounts bring her vividly before us. Their declared partiality also raises fascinating issues concerning biographical truth, and the terms in which all biographyfunctions.This edition brings together for the first time these three memoirs, and also includes Jane's brother Henry Austen's 'Biographical Notice' of 1818 and his lesser known 'Memoir' of 1833, making a unique biographical record. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Weight 262 g
Dimensions 200 × 130 × 25 mm

James, Edward Austen-L


Oxford University Press


Oxford University Press








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823.7 (edition:22)


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