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A Memoir of Jane Austen: and Other Family Recollections | James Edward Austen-Leigh
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'I doubt whether it would be possible to mention any author of note, whose personal obscurity was so complete.' James Edward Austen-Leigh's Memoir of his aunt Jane Austen was published in 1870, over fifty years after her death. Together with the shorter recollections of James Edward's two sisters, Anna Lefroy and Caroline Austen, the Memoir remains the prime authority for her life and continues to inform all subsequent accounts. These are family memories, the record of Jane Austen's life shaped and limited by the loyalties, reserve, and affection of nieces and nephews recovering in old age the outlines of the young aunt they had each known. They still remembered the shape of her bonnet and the tone of her voice, and their first-hand accounts bring her vividly before us. Their declared partiality also raises fascinating issues concerning biographical truth, and the terms in which all biography functions. This edition brings together for the first time these three memoirs, and also includes Jane's brother Henry Austen's 'Biographical Notice' of 1818 and his lesser known 'Memoir' of 1833, making a unique biographical record. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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I‘ll post the rest of my #bookhaul in a separate post, but this beauty deserves its own. Book Planet in Raleigh is going out of business and I picked this up for $5. #pnp #folio @CrowCAH @rubyslippersreads @Crinoline_Laphroaig @sprainedbrain @LeahBergen @Dragonfairykats @mabell

sprainedbrain Oh my goodness! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
Sarah83 Ohhh 😍😍😍 I also own this edition and it is wonderful 😍 6mo
CrowCAH Wow that‘s beautiful 🥰 6mo
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LeahBergen Lucky you! 👏🏻👏🏻 I have the older Folio Society edition of this (it‘s a great read!). 6mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m drooling! 😍 6mo
Dragonfairykats Such a beautiful book! 6mo
mabell How pretty! What a deal! 6mo
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A Memoir of Jane Austen | Edward James Austen-Leigh
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The #150PnPCoverParty photo challenge has put me in the mood for some new Austen-related-something in my life, so it felt like the perfect time to pick up this memoir written by her nephew.

Fun fact: a one-horse-drawn carriage was no way to transport a lady around, because it would be to uncomfortable for her fragile body #carriages

LeahBergen You‘re all set for a perfect evening. ❤️❤️ 2y
rohit-sawant Great picture! 2y
kspenmoll Love your photo! 2y
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ferskner Three of my favorite things in one photo: Jane Austen, Obvious State, and turkisk peber med gummi. 👏 2y
Kalalalatja @rohit-sawant @kspenmoll thank you! @LeahBergen if I don‘t count my sleepiness and lack of concentration, then you are spot on! 😄 @ferskner well spotted! 👏 2y
CrowCAH That‘s right. A four horse carriage is a lot better!!! 2y
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Austen‘s nephew wrote this short biography of his “dear aunt Jane”.


Kalalalatja I have this in the new Folio Society edition, and I‘m really excited about reading it (at some point in the not so distant future.. hopefully...) 😍 2y
DeborahSmall Lovely ❤️ 2y
CrowCAH So cool! 😊 2y
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readordierachel Pretty! 2y
LeahBergen @Kalalalatja I‘m planning on getting to it soon, too. 😄 2y
KVanRead Lovely! 2y
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I'm travelling with my husband for business and you know what that means ... new bookshops! I can't tell you where I found these used (and cheap) #FolioSociety editions because then I'd have to kill you. 😂


Cathythoughts Enjoy 👍 2y
Tamra Lucky you!! 2y
ScorpioBookDreams The Silver Sword! 😍😍 2y
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Megabooks Awesome!! 😍😍 2y
Sarah83 What's the silver sword? 2y
rubyslippersreads 😍📚😍 2y
Suet624 Are they crooked or is it me? 2y
LeahBergen @Sarah83 It's a children's classic about kids fleeing from Poland in WWII. I haven't read it yet. 😃 2y
LeahBergen @Suet624 I think it's the obnoxious wallpaper in this hotel room that's giving them the curved illusion. 😂 They're actually straight! 2y
Sarah83 Sounds great. 😍 Can you take some pics, if you have the time? 2y
Cinfhen That's fabulous 2y
Suet624 That‘s so weird. 2y
LeahBergen @Sarah83 Will do! 2y
LeahBergen @Cinfhen 😘😘 2y
emilyhaldi Amazing finds!! 2y
BarbaraBB Enjoy... so much fun!! 2y
batsy Have fun, these look great! And I see it as curved too, @Suet624 😂 It's kinda cool/weird. 2y
mrp27 😂😂😂😂 2y
rohit-sawant How awesome! Found myself wondering if they're curved as well! 😆 2y
LeahBergen @emilyhaldi Thanks! 😘 2y
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB Thank you! 😀 2y
LeahBergen @batsy @rohit-sawant I'm starting to think it's the curved shape of the Folio cases that's making them look wonky here. 😂 2y
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