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An exquisite selection of letters from one of the most enduringly popular authors of all time: Jane Austen.
Beautifully illustrated with contemporary paintings and engravings of Regency England--the England that Jane Austen herself would have observed--this collection of correspondence by the beloved author is a must-have for her adoring fans. The letters, with commentary by Penelope Hughes-Hallett, cover six periods of Jane Austen's life between the years 1796, when she was 20, and 1817, when she died. They reveal Austen's abundant wit and talent for expressing exactly what she perceived, making this an illuminating companion to her novels.
The letters are divided into six sections:
Steventon 1796-1801: Early Creative Years
Bath 1801-1805: Farewells and Uncertainties
Southampton 1807-1809: New Perspectives
Chawton 1809-1813: A New and Settled Home
Chawton 1813-1816: Years of Fulfilment and Acclaim
Chawton and Winchester 1816-1817: Last Days.
About the Author
Penelope Hughes-Hallett was born in Jane Austen's village of Steventon in Hampshire. Before her death she lectured in English Literature for the Open University and the Oxford University Department of External Studies. Her special interest was nineteenth-century children's literature, and in 1988 she published an anthology, Childhood. She also assisted Valerie Eliiot in editing TS Eliot's letters.