The Austen Papers
Posted by Carolyn B on March 23, 1998 at 23:14:01:
I'm trying to keep up with the reading!
About Tomalin: I do agree that sometimes she does stretch in her speculations but I feel that generally I can tell (either from the way she words her comments or by looking at the endnotes) what she writes based on historical evidence and what she hypothesizes.
My main reaction to reading this book = I want to see the primary sources for myself!! When she quotes just bits of letters I want to read the whole letter! I guess I can get a copy of JA's collected letters but what about "The Austen Papers" compiled by RA Austen-Leigh, which seems to be the main source for much of the Philadelphia and Eliza Hancock correspondence? Should I assume that if the copyright date is 1942, I'm only going to find it in some university library somewhere? Sigh... So much reading and so little time!!
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