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Jane Austen's Beginnings: The Juvenilia and Lady Susan (Nineteenth-Century Studies)

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Hardcover, 270 pages
Published March 28th 1989 by Univ of Rochester Pr (first published March 1989)
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Speaking of Jane Austen's Victorian descendants....Hugh McKellar says about Lady Susan:

"For the peace of mind of all concerned, Lady Susan had to be declared a cuckoo in the Austen nest, with her existence explicable only on the assumption that her creator had not yet put away childish things" -Hugh McKellar pg 206
Cheryl Klein
As Emma Thompson points out in the SENSE AND SENSIBILITY SCREENPLAY AND DIARIES, Jane Austen's juvenilia reads like Monty Python -- one pretension-puncturing nonsequitur after another. It's hilarious, and instructive too, to see her working out her themes and voice and developing her plot structures.
Austen as a teenager...very, very different than her later stuff, and clearly immature, but also very funny.
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