Miscellany: Edward Austen's Emma Reads Emma

McDonald, Kelly M.
June 2007
Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal;2007, Issue 29, p234
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
The article discusses how author James Edward Austen-Leigh valued the works of novelist Jane Austen. Austen-Leigh was Austen's nephew and first biographer. Austen-Leigh based his "Memoir of Jane Austen" on personal recollections, Jane's correspondence and family lore. Austen-Leigh valued his aunt's last three novels and the poignant significance of the novel "Emma" in Austen-Leigh's courtship of Emma Smith verifies this commendation. Excerpts from Smith's own diary showed that Emma was the book of choice in September 1828, when Austen-Leigh visited their estate Tring Park.The article notes that Smith may have identified herself with Emma Woodhouse, the leading character of the novel "Emma" because of age, family situation, and a single friend in want of a husband.


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