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Jane Austen 's Letters.

Jane Austen's Letters. Deirde Le Faye, editor. Oxford University Press. [pounds sterling]25.00. xxv + 667 pages. ISBN 978-0-19-9.57607-4. Jane Austen's correspondence was first published by R.W. Chapman in 1932. There was a second edition in 1952 and a third, with major revisions, in 1995 edited by Deirde Le Faye. In this fourth edition the editor admits that no new letters have been uncovered since 1995 but research into the known letters since that date has 'brought to light much more information about her life and her family'. This new information allows readers to get a far more accurate understanding of her writing and of how informed she was about current affairs, all of which, of course, influenced her novels. The editor has incorporated this new understanding in the notes and has expanded the indices accordingly. She has also added a new subject index and this includes information in the expanded notes. Readers of Miss Austen's works will be delighted with this new edition and will be pleased to know that the pages have been sewn into the spine and not glued: Jane Austen deserves nothing less. (T.A.L.)

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Date:Jun 1, 2012
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