Jane & publishing...
Posted by P. Bingham on May 15, 1998 at 14:04:31:
In response to John Ruskin's father..., written by Helen on May 15, 1998 at 12:40:36
] I don't think he could have been anything to do with books (because I can't see JA on the first draft having any in-depth awareness of how exactly publishing worked, and by the time she had to deal with publishers, I would guess that like all writers she didn't think too well of them ;-)
Jane Austen had a large number of not only published authors in her family, but critically acclaimed ones. And many of these when Jane was too young to pick up the pen herself. Getting her work published was always a certainty for her, almost an expectation, based on the success of these particular family members, the only question was when! An agonizing question too. I had a list of these names somewhere but I cannot find the book. The Oxford Companion to Jane Austen or something like that. I misplaced it. So Jane did have some knowledge of how publishing worked or at least she had that knowledge readily available. If you are thinking of her early works when you mentioned the above quote, then her age was probably more of a factor.
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