Speaking notes from Jane Austen Society of New Zealand meeting, Wellington, 7 November 2015
By Joanne Wilkes
History of juvenilia: three vols, written over late 1780s through early 1790s, when JA from 11 to 17. Some evidence of later work on them, by JA and some of the family. Work most like beginning of a novel of the kind she later published is ‘Catharine; or The Bower’, dated Aug 1792 (when JA was 17), but later revised (eg with ref to a ‘Regency Walking-Dress’). Possibly she returned to them and mined them for ideas? A little published by Austen-Leigh, but generally not valued much by family. History of MSS very chequered, but now Vol. 1 is in Bodleian Library, Oxford, and Vols 2 and 3 in the British Library. Were published in Chapman’s edns, and have been repubd in big Cambridge edn (ed. Peter Sabor); also paperback versions, of which I use the World’s Classics edn, ‘Catharine and Other Writings’. Have received more attention since late 80s.
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