The manuscripts that survive from Jane Austen's maturity offer a unique insight into her life as a creative writer. This volume collects together all the literary manuscripts from Austen's adult years (with the exception of the cancelled chapters of Persuasion, in this edition printed with the finished novel), together with letters discussing the art of fiction, and her record of responses to her novels. Included here are the novella Lady Susan, the novel fragments of The Watsons and Sanditon, poems and charades, and the comic 'Plan of a Novel'. In an appendix are collected other works ascribed to Austen, including the play Sir Charles Grandison and three prayers. The introduction offers a history of the manuscripts and a full account of the current state of scholarship on them, and the texts are accompanied by explanatory notes and contextual information.
Janet Todd is Professor of English Literature at the University of Aberdeen. Linda Bree is Publisher for Literature at Cambridge University Press.
Chronology; Introduction; Note on the text; The Fiction: Lady Susan; The Watsons; Sanditon; Poems and Charades: Poems; Charades; Austen on Fiction: To Mrs. Hunter of Norwich; Letters on Fiction; Plan of a Novel; Opinions of Mansfield Park; Opinions of Emma; Appendices: A. Transcription of The Watsons; B. Transcription of Sanditon; C. Sir Charles Grandison; D. Prayers; E. Family poems; F. Attributed poems; Corrections and emendations; Explanatory notes.