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Written by Jim Morris
(5/11/2013 1:23 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, By the way, ..., penned by gianni
I know as much about general history as you do, Gianni, believe me. My "history" ( ie, background) actually reffered to that related to the novels (although she did touch on the slave trade in Mansfield Park). Her works were strictly local and rural in relation to the upper middle class and above world she lived in and dealt with (which I know you are well aware of). They are mainly satirical social commentaries following the best advice an author can have, ie, "write about what you know". Jane Austen's work was classic escapism making no attempt on political matters. Via newspapers, and what her area knew of events outside it, she would be well aware of national events. People who sneer at her for not trying to be a moral historian are way off the mark. She made no attempt at such, making only passing reference to the armed services via her characters and avoided politics completely. Writers enough have covered war, politics and even the slave trade. Jane Austen gave us a view on the lighter side of life, never pretending otherwise. (-:
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