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|The original Mr Collins?
Written by Tracy W
(5/24/2007 7:32 p.m.)
I've been reading Jane Austen: A collection of Critical Essays (editor Ian Watt, Prentice-Hall, 1963) and in the essay titled "Jane Austen and the Peerage", which I read this morning, Donald J Green finds what may be the original Mr Collins.
Green talks about Arthur Collins' (1682?-1760) book The Peerage of England, in which occurs many of JA's characters' names, ones relevant to P&P are:
Green states he has never come across to a specific reference to a copy of Collins' Peerage being in JA's family library. But he does describe the Collins who wrote the Peerage as:
I will not quote any more, as unlike P&P Green's essay is in copyright, but the passage quoted so rings of JA's Mr Collins that I had to share this.
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