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Illustrated Letters of Jane Austen

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Jane Austen's Letters Brought to Life

This exquisite volume offers a captivating journey into the world of Jane Austen through her personal correspondence. Featuring a wealth of illustrations including portraits, facsimile letters, engravings, and fashion plates, this book provides a vivid portrayal of Austen's life and times.

Penned by Penelope Hughes-Hallett, the commentary enhances the understanding of Austen's letters, which are divided into six periods spanning from 1796 to 1817. These letters not only showcase Austen's keen observations but also her remarkable ability to articulate her thoughts and experiences, offering invaluable insights into her literary genius.

While the collection loosely follows Austen's life chronologically, the letters are grouped thematically, highlighting aspects such as the picturesque Hampshire countryside, the bustling social scenes of Bath and London, domestic life, social visits, and the elegant modes of travel in Austen's era.

Hughes-Hallett, a native of Austen's Hampshire village of Steventon, brings a deep understanding of the author's world, having lectured on English Literature at esteemed institutions like the Open University and the Oxford University Department of External Studies.