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Written by Alisa S
(6/20/2006 1:20 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, History of the Juvenilia, penned by Cheryl
Fay Weldon wrote the Foreword. She is more enthusiastic about the juvenilia than I--not that I haven't enjoyed L&F greatly, but it is as if she wants the juvenelia to be taken as seriously as the novels:
"Austen's early works tend to be dismissed as juvenilia: they should not be."
"But to my mind there is very little juvenile about these early works other than their subject matter and the odd spelling mistake at a time when spelling was not yet so highly regularised as it is today. The prescience of an early death seemed to hothouse the writers of her generation, as it did her. There was little time to practise. You got it right first time round. Death could come early."
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