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Chapter Five – Divine Jane In this chapter Harman discusses how Jane Austen became ‘Divine Jane’ or ‘Dear Jane’. In the 1880s the increasing audience was more for Miss Austen than the novels. She was still, however, being read by ‘a few cultured men’ which ensured her critical success. An idea seemed to emerged that […]

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In this chapter Harman writes about the Austen families response to Austen’s growing popularity (as Caroline wrote to James Edward ‘this vexed question between the Austens and the public’)and the demand for more information. Catherine-Anne Hubback (Frank’s daughter) wrote a novel (which was essentially a continuation of The Watsons – not that the public knew) […]

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When I set myself the task of reading two chapters a week of Jane’s Fame, I thought it would be easy. However, I have found myself at the end of a chapter without any real idea what I was reading. I haven’t been able to focus. This is in part because the book is such […]

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This post is a bit delayed because I’ve been away (for school holidays) anyway … Chapter One of Claire Harman’s Jane’s Fame provides some biographical detail, but more interestingly focuses on the writers in her family and amongst her acquaintance. We read about her brothers James and Henry who produced The Loiterer (every Saturday from […]

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My first selection in the Everything Austen Challenge was Jane’s Fame – How Jane Austen Conquered the World by Claire Harman. I found my copy (under a pile of to-be-dealt-with magazines and books) and I have planned my reading for the month. The book has seven chapters – I plan to read two chapters a […]

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Stephanie’s written word is offering an ‘Every Austen Challenge’. In this challenge you have to read or watch six Austen related items in six months (July to December 2009). Now my six Austen things are… Jane’s Fame by Claire Harman Mansfield Park by Jane Austen Lost in Austen by Emma Campbell Webster The Absenteeby Maria Edgeworth […]

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I had 500 spam comments! – must remember not to leave such a big gap between posts. I did discover a new plug-in that got rid of them. My local Jane Austen group had a very interesting discussion about Fanny Burney – when we discussed Evelina – so I decided to find out more about her. […]

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