Posted by Kathleen T on March 19, 1998 at 10:47:30:
In response to But....., written by Clare on March 18, 1998 at 17:31:03
] But, again, I must remind you that in this instance Jane Austen had nothing to do with dealing with the publisher.
I wonder if the mere fact that Jane's father did not mention the name or the sex of the author was a signal to the publisher that he was dealing with a female. If the writer had been a male of some social standing, he wouldn't have had his manuscript submitted anonymously.
It might be like single women using only their initials in the phone book these days- it's usually a dead give away.
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