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The Review of English Studies: Jane Austen, professional writer

2 May 2012

On the OUPblog, Kathryn Sutherland, author of a Review of English Studies paper, provides a glimpse into the professional life of Jane Austen.

"As a novelist, Jane Austen dealt in the little things that loom momentous in the everyday routines of an ordinary life: preparations for an outing, the choice of partners at a dance, the chance for intrigue in a game of cards. What we know of her life is drawn to the same miniature scale: small facts and slender insights hoarded, vetted, and handed down by a protective family who memorialized and effaced their famous aunt in equal measure. We have the six novels, all published in an intense seven-year period; some 160 letters, survivors from a much larger correspondence; and a little more than 1,100 pages of manuscript writings — apprentice pieces, experiments, and unfinished works — stretching over thirty years. Austen died aged 41 at the height of her powers."

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Read the paper: Jane Austen's Dealings with John Murray and his Firm (free for a time)