Jane Austen: Letters 3: Hazel Jones

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Starts: Monday, 14 September 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Friday, 18 September 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 7

Tutor: Hazel Jones

Jane Austen wrote many letters to her nephews and nieces, of which thirty-six survive. They comprise all we have of a correspondence with the children of her brother James – Anna, James Edward and Caroline – to Edward Knight's eldest daughter Fanny and one to little Cassandra Austen, Frank's eldest daughter.  These letters are very different in tone and content to those written to Jane's sister Cassandra, in being less wickedly critical of neighbours and acquaintances, but without them we would have a hazier picture of the novelist’s working practices, her opinions on marriage and men and her belief in the importance of aunts. The significance of Austen's nephews and nieces became apparent in the later nineteenth century, when their recollections of their famous aunt were key to the beginnings of a worldwide recognition of her literary excellence.


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