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By Christopher Brooke

`Can he be a wise guy, sir?' `No, my expensive; i believe not...'Thus Christopher Brooke prefaces his learn of Jane Austen, whose sharp intelligence and wit were the partners of his relaxation for a few years. In solution to the query to whether there will be something left to be acknowledged, Brooke returns rewardingly to her personal writing, the novels and the letters, and with a historian's precision finds new aspect and clean insights. what's the international Jane Austen describes, and the way is it concerning the realm within which she lived? an in depth analyzing of every of the main novels leads right into a special exam of a sheaf of topics - church and clergy, rank and standing, marriage - to work out how they're dealt with of their social and ancient environment, what's printed approximately Jane Austen's inner most convictions, and the way those may be validly deduced from the textual content of her novels. The knowledge and perception he has dropped at ancient study are actually rewardingly delivered to endure on a novelist of unending fascination.

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I certainly cannot. I have set out to give a view of Jane Austen based on ceaseless, reflective reading of her works. But I owe very much to many others who have done the same. I first encountered Pride and Prejudice in the old film starring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier, whose relation to the book was at times coincidental. My mother then read me the authentic version when I was in my early teens. In recent years my daughter-in-law Paulinemy 'eldest daughter'and my granddaughters Mary and Annie have sat me down to Page xii the videos of most of the novels.

One can only learn more about her by burrowing more deeply into her writings, or by portraying the world about heras Irene Collins has done most attractively in her Jane Austen and the Clergy (1993). Some historians love most of all their own conclusions: they are revisionists, forever presenting to an admiring audience the results of their research. I am much more interested in how one gets to results than in what one finds at the journey's end. In every period of history I have studied, the contemporary documents are more interesting than the modern historian's summary of them.

453-7. 5 Austen 1952. On Jane Austen's relation to children, see pp. 38-9 below. Page 5 love you, and you loved her naturally in return . . But soon came the delight of her playful talkEvery-thing she could make amusing to a childThen, as I got older, and when cousins came to share the entertainment, she would tell us the most delightful stories chiefly of Fairyland, and her Fairies had all characters of their own . . As to my Aunt's personal appearance, her's was the first face I can remember thinking pretty .

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