A Jane Austen Encyclopedia by Paul Poplawski

By Paul Poplawski

Maybe the 1st smooth novelist, Jane Austen (1775-1817) has left an indelible mark at the global of letters. She is better referred to as the writer of penetrating stories of family existence and manners in Georgian England, and her works stay learn and preferred this present day. Her writings have additionally generated an immense quantity of scholarship, and critics proceed to supply insightful interpretations of her writings. This reference booklet is a correct, finished, and distinctive consultant to her existence and works. The chronologies that start the amount define the vital occasions in her existence and position her works inside better old and literary contexts. the loads of alphabetically prepared entries that stick to establish characters, talk about works and issues, and synthesize the gigantic physique of feedback dedicated to her writings. the amount concludes with wide bibliographies of works via and approximately Austen.

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1975 The MS of Sanditon, edited by B. C. Southam. 1975–1976 First publication of complete text of manuscript of ‘‘Lines to Martha Lloyd,’’ edited by Donald Greene, in Nineteenth-Century Fiction 30 (1975–1976): 257–60. ’’ Although in Jane Austen’s hand, the play had traditionally been ascribed to Jane Austen’s niece, Anna, by the Austen family; however, when the manuscript came to auction in the autumn of 1977 and became open to scholarly inspection for the first time, its length, nature, and apparent chronology of composition provided strong (though not conclusive) evidence of Jane Austen’s authorship.

1780. Drawing by Emily Smith. Reproduced with permission. Fashion, c. 1804. Drawing by Emily Smith. Reproduced with permission. Female Headwear, 1780–1820. Drawing by Emily Smith. Reproduced with permission. Carriages, c. 1800. Drawing by Emily Smith. Reproduced with permission. Queen Square, Bath. On Jane Austen’s second recorded visit to the city in 1799, she stayed at No. 13 which is the house on the corner with the arched doorway. Chawton Cottage, where Jane Austen lived from July 1809 until shortly before her death in 1817.

1779 Spain enters war on American side: siege of Gibraltar begins (continues until February 1783). Samuel Crompton (1753–1827) invents his ‘‘mule,’’ a cross between the water frame and the spinning jenny, capable of spinning cotton that is at once strong and fine. 1780 Holland enters war on American side. June: Gordon Riots in London: anti-Catholic demonstration escalates into full-scale rioting over ten days; some 700 die, with 450 arrests and twenty-five subsequent executions. Society for Constitutional Information founded in London to promote parliamentary reform.

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