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Memoir of Jane Austen

Download 01 ā€“ Preface and Chapter 1: Introductory Remarksā€“Birth of Jane Austenā€“Her Family audio
Download 02 ā€“ Description of Steventonā€“Life at Steventonā€“Changes of Habits and Customs in the last Century audio
Download 03 ā€“ Early Compositionsā€“Friends at Asheā€“A very Old Letterā€“Lines on the Death of Mrs. Lefroyā€“Observations on Jane Austenā€™s Letter-writingā€“Letters audio
Download 04 ā€“ Removal from Steventonā€“Residence at Bath and at Southamptonā€“Settling at Chawton audio
Download 05 ā€“ Description of Jane Austenā€™s person, character, and tastes audio
Download 06 ā€“ Habits of Composition resumed after a long intervalā€“First publicationā€“The interest taken by the Author in the success of her Works audio
Download 07 ā€“ Seclusion from the literary worldā€“Notice from the Prince Regentā€“Correspondence with Mr. Clarkeā€“Suggestions to alter her style of writing audio
Download 08 ā€“ Slow growth of her fameā€“Ill success of first attempts at publicationā€“Two Reviews of her works contrasted audio
Download 09 ā€“ Opinions expressed by eminent personsā€“Opinions of others of less eminenceā€“Opinion of American readers audio
Download 10 ā€“ Observations on the Novels audio
Download 11 ā€“ Declining health of Jane Austenā€“Elasticity of her spiritsā€“Her resignation and humilityā€“Her death audio
Download 12 ā€“ The Cancelled Chapter of ā€˜Persuasion.ā€™ audio
Download 13 ā€“ The Last Work audio
Download 14 ā€“ Chapter 14: Postscript audio

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ā€œThe Memoir of my Aunt, Jane Austen, has been received with more favour than I had ventured to expect. The notices taken of it in the periodical press, as well as letters addressed to me by many with whom I am not personally acquainted, show that an unabated interest is still taken in every particular that can be told about her. I am thus encouraged not only to offer a Second Edition of the Memoir, but also to enlarge it with some additional matter which I might have scrupled to intrude on the public if they had not thus seemed to call for it. In the present Edition, the narrative is somewhat enlarged, and a few more letters are added; with a short specimen of her childish stories. The cancelled chapter of ā€˜Persuasionā€™ is given, in compliance with wishes both publicly and privately expressed. A fragment of a story entitled ā€˜The Watsonsā€™ is printed; and extracts are given from a novel which she had begun a few months before her death; but the chief addition is a short tale never before published, called ā€˜Lady Susan.ā€™ I regret that the little which I have been able to add could not appear in my First Edition; as much of it was either unknown to me, or not at my command, when I first published; and I hope that I may claim some indulgent allowance for the difficulty of recovering little facts and feelings which had been merged half a century deep in oblivion.ā€ ā€“ James Edward Austen-Leigh in the Preface to Memoir of Jane Austen

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