Posted by P. Bingham on April 06, 1998 at 00:08:03:
In response to Why JA stopped writing after the first three books..., written by Barbara on April 03, 1998 at 16:42:35
Tomalin's theory is fairly much as universal as I've seen. Most biographers have said the same but perhaps the extent of her depression (though this does not necessarily mean she was depressed. Being up-rooted can effectively cut off your writing capabilities alone. Writing is not a gift that just comes to you whenever you need it. It has to be cultivated.) has been less in others.
] Second, is there a generally held supposition as to why she stopped writing? I mean, is Tomalin's view generally accepted, or are there other theories? I have a book called The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen which suggests that the conditions once she settled in at Chawton were more suitable to writing, so she started back at it again. To me this suggests a feeling of rootlessness, but not necessarily depression.
I have this book too. One thing to understand is that it is not a biography. Their intentions are not to delve into Jane's physical mind, only her books and her publishing history. So they covered this part in particular briefly.
- an addition... P. Bingham 14:28:48 4/07/98 (0)
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