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Fri Mar 31 02:39:51 2017 1 The Project Gutenberg eBook, Memoir of Jane Austen, by James Edward Austen-Leigh This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at Title: Memoir of Jane Austen Author: James Edward Austen-Leigh Release Date: February 19, 2006 [eBook #17797] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-646-US (US-ASCII) ***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK MEMOIR OF JANE AUSTEN*** Transcribed from the 1871 Richard Bentley and Son edition by Les Bowler. A MEMOIR OF JANE AUSTEN. [Jane Austen: Jane.jpg] [Title Page: title.jpg] PREFACE. THE MEMOIR of my AUNT, JANE AUSTEN, has been received with more favour than I had ventured to expect.
The notices taken of it in the periodical press, as well as letters addressed to me by many with whom I am not personally acquainted, show that an unabated interest is still taken in every particular that can be told about her.
I am thus encouraged not only to offer a Second Edition of the Memoir, but also to enlarge it with some additional matter which I might have scrupled to intrude on the public if they had not thus seemed to call for it.
In the present Edition, the narrative is somewhat enlarged, and a few more letters are added; with a short specimen of her childish stories.
The cancelled chapter of ’Persuasion’ is given, in compliance with wishes both publicly and privately expressed.
A fragment of a story entitled ’The Watsons’ is printed; and extracts are given from a novel which she had begun a few months before her death; but the chief addition is a short tale never before published, called ’Lady Susan.’ {0a} I regret that the little which I have been able to add could not appear in my First Edition; as Fri Mar 31 02:39:51 2017 2 much of it was either unknown to me, or not at my command, wh...

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