Posted by Carolyn B on January 04, 1998 at 11:53:34:
In response to Let it never be said..., written by Greg on January 03, 1998 at 23:51:21
] that Jane Austen doesn't ever go for the belly laughs! Thanks, Carolyn, for transcribing all that!
Actually I used the very handy NA text link at the top of the board and cut and pasted!
BTW, I "heard that something very shocking indeed is coming out in London..."
I just treated myself to a new copy of NA, the 1995 Penguin classics edition with accompanying commentary by an Oxbridge type, Marilyn Butler, who explains that Catherine was probably referring to actual publicity material put out by William Lane's Minerva Press which had "a network of Minerva-only libraries Lane set up, often in small shops, across the country." And all but one of the "horrid" books on Isabella's list from Miss Andrews (Ch 6) were published by Minerva Press which was "launched specifically to appeal to lower-middle-class females"
Yes, I'm one of those people who reads footnotes...
I will probably quote some of Butler's academese here because it can torment/ instruct those of us who have not yet learned to make ourselves unintelligible. ; )
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