Jane AustEn before and after 1870...
Posted by The Mysterious H.C. on August 18, 1998 at 04:46:30:
In response to Jane Austin through the ages., written by ValR on August 18, 1998 at 01:21:04
Jane Austen has always had her afficionados pretty much ever since the publication of Pride and Prejudice, but she wasn't really a best-selling author or prominent literary figure before her death, and between 1817 and 1870 she wasn't widely considered one of the canonical Great Authors. It seems to have been the publication of her nephew's Memoir (a biography) that sparked more widespread interest in her. If you really want to look this up in a scholarly way, go here.
in the High Victorian there were no doubt some strict types who considered all novels whatever to be morallly corrupting, but I would be surprised if there were anyone who had ever considered Jane Austen's novels to be particularly and especially corrupting ;-)
- Thanks ValR 00:37:24 8/19/98 (0)
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