Jane Austen and Her Art by Mary Lascelles

By Mary Lascelles

First released in 1939, this continues to be a vintage research of Jane Austen's genius within the artwork of fiction. the outlet part, "Biography", presents an account of Jane Austen's existence and improvement as a author, from her earliest adolescence items to the ultimate, unfinished novel, "Sanditon", all started early in 1817, a couple of months prior to her demise.

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2 She was always shy with strangers3—'... though I like Miss H. M. as much as one can at my time of Life 1 3 Letters, p. 267. , p. 340. Life, p. 240, quoting one of the younger nieces. This is the most probable explanation of the unpleasant account of J. A. in middle age which reached Miss Mitford. Life of Mary Russell Mitford Related in a Selection from her Letters to her Friends, ed. A. G. L'Estrange, i. 305. 2 After all, the compensation for this effort was to be meagre; the tide of her fame flowed for so little a while that it only served to carry her as far as the Prince Regent's librarian.

P. 64. Letters, p. 56. Pride and Prejudice, p. 135, ch. xxiv. BIOGRAPHY 21 nothing amiss. The artist (I suppose) usually pays for his privilege by some sort of partial insomnia, by the possession of one faculty that will not be controlled nor put to sleep. In a poet this must often be the visual imagination, bringing before his eyes a succession of images which he never summoned, and of which some (it is only too likely) will be ugly or pitiful. In Jane Austen it was the critical faculty that would not be quieted; and that faculty, in her, played on men and women.

1 And further: 'A rational woman, exceptional in intellect, unique in wit, found herself in circumstances which were always meagre, and at times irrational; and endowed with fastidiousness on the one hand and enjoyment on the other, she employed her experience creatively in the service of Comedy. The novels are a vent . '2 But the method of reconciliation had to be learnt. It was not enough—after the high spirits of youth had ebbed—to admit, with her own Elizabeth, 'Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies,3 do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can'; not enough, even, by finding witty and apt expression for her own perceptions, to share her diversion with Cassandra.

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