Jane Austenâs earliest writing dates from when she was just eleven-years-old, and already shows the hallmarks of her mature work. But it is also a product of the times in which she grew upâdark, grotesque, often surprisingly bawdy, and a far cry from the polished, sparkling novels of manners for which she became famous. Drunken heroines, babies who bite off their mothersâ fingers, and a letter-writer who has murdered her whole family all feature in these highly spirited pieces. This edition includes all of Austenâs juvenilia, including her âHistory of Englandâ - written by a 'partial, prejudiced and ignorant Historian and the novella Lady Susan, in which the anti-heroine schemes and cheats her way through high society.Â With aÂ title that captures a young Austenâs original idiosyncratic spelling habits andÂ an introduction by Christine AlexanderÂ that shows how Austen was self-consciously fashioning herself as a writer from an early age, this is a must-have for any Austen lover.
About: Austenâs hilarious early stories and sketchesâcomplete with her delightfully quirky spelling habitsânow collected in one volume, includingÂ Lady Susan, the basis for Whit Stillman's feature filmÂ Love and FriendshipÂ starring Kate Beckinsale andÂ ChloÃ« SevignyJane Austenâs earliest writing dates from when she was just eleven-years-old, and already shows the hallmarks of her mature work.
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