Biographical sources Last page of letter from Austen to her sister, Cassandra, 11 June There is little biographical information about Jane Austen's life except the few letters that survive and the biographical notes her family members wrote. Ostensibly, Cassandra destroyed or censored her sister's letters to prevent their falling into the hands of relatives and ensuring that "younger nieces did not read any of Jane Austen's sometimes acid or forthright comments on neighbours or family members". The paucity of record of Austen's life leaves modern biographers little to work with.
J may have influenced Jane Austen: Rambler 4 Dear Folks, In my continuing investigation of the claims that Samuel Johnson was an influence for Jane Austen, I have come across something rather startling that I want to share with you.
First of all, I should say I am growing ever more certain that he did not influence our Lady by example I will have more to say about that in a subsequent posting. Also, his outlook and temperament were nothing at all like those of Jane Austen and he could not have been any kind of influence in that way either.
However, he may have been an important influence by way of his opinions on what constituted a good novel and what a bad novel. To illustrate what I mean, I am going to concentrate on an essay that Dr.
J wrote insome twenty-five years before our Lady was born. As you will see his description of a good novel is an exact blueprint of the form that Jane Austen would use for her own novels.
I do not know if Jane Austen ever read this essay, but Johnson's thesis is so remarkably close to her own thinking, that it is reasonable to guess that she might have - might have read it and taken it to heart.
Firstly, a little background - Samuel Johnson was involved, at various times, in the production of three periodicals with rather short lives. It might be fun to pause here in order to enjoy these names - but I won't do that.
He also did a lot of the writing; in fact, he published over of his own essays in those issues. You may not find Boswell's interpretation of the nature of those essays to be useful.
Bound volumes of The Rambler and The Idler were afterwards bought by many including, I can only suppose, the clergyman of Steventon. It seems certain that Johnson won some respect in the Austen Family. Here is an interesting tidbit: When older brothers James and Henry Austen were at Oxford together they published an undergraduate periodical called The Loiterer, which, it seems to me, is an echo of the names that Dr.
Some strongly believe that their fourteen-year old baby sister Jane was allowed to contribute an essay to that college magazine under the pseudonym "Sophia Sentiment".
That essay is hilarious and slightly feminist, perhaps mockingly so.
To cap off this aside, let me inform you that the Austen family was proudly Tory while Johnson was devoutly Whig. Johnson thought he saw a new tendency in literature, one he called the "comedy of romance".
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