Love and Freindship: And Other Youthful Writings by Jane Austen

By Jane Austen

"Jane Austen's amazing, hilarious - and sometimes outrageous - early tales, sketches and items of nonsense.

Jane Austen's earliest writing dates from whilst she was once simply 11 years, and already exhibits the hallmarks of her mature paintings: wit, acute perception into human folly, and a preoccupation with manners, morals and funds. however it can be a fabricated from the eighteenth century within which she grew up - darkish, gruesome, frequently strangely bawdy, and a miles cry from the polished, gleaming novels of manners for which she grew to become well-known. Drunken heroines, infants who chew off their mother's palms, and a letter-writer who has murdered her entire relations all characteristic in those very humorous items. This variation comprises all of Austen's juvenilia, together with her 'History of England' - written by means of 'a partial, prejudiced, and ignorant Historian' - and the novella 'Lady Susan', during which the anti-heroine schemes and cheats her manner via excessive society. Taken jointly, they provide a desirable - and infrequently fabulous - perception into the early Austen.

This significant new version is the 1st time Austen's juvenilia has seemed in Penguin Classics. Edited via Professor Christine Alexander, it contains an creation, notes and different important editorial materials.

Jane Austen, born in 1775, wrote many burlesques, parodies and different tales in her formative years, together with a brief epistolary novel, Lady Susan. The novels released in her lifetime contain Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816). Persuasion was once written in a race opposed to failing well-being in 1815-16, and was once released, including Northanger Abbey,posthumously in 1818. Austen died in Winchester on 18 July 1817.

Christine Alexander is Scientia Professor of English on the college of latest South Wales and normal editor of the Juvenilia Press. She has released broadly at the Brontës and has co-edited the 1st ebook on literary juvenilia, The baby author from Austen to Woolf (2005).

'Spirited, effortless, jam-packed with enjoyable, verging with freedom upon sheer nonsense ... At fifteen she had few illusions approximately people and none approximately herself'
- Virginia Woolf'

[Her] suggestion was once the muse of Gargantua and of Pickwick; it was once the large notion of laughter'
- G. ok. Chesterton"

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