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Record Number: 10395


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

In a joking letter to her niece, Anna Austen, Jane Austen writes, 'Miss Jane Austen begs her best thanks may be conveyed to Mrs Hunter of Norwich [...] Miss Jane Austen's tears have flowed over each sweet sketch in such a way as would do Mrs Hunter's heart good to see; if Mrs Hunter could understand all Miss Jane Austen's interest in the subject she would certainly have the kindness to publish at least 4 vols more about the Flint family...'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1806 and 31 Oct 1812

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

n/a

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

Jane Austen

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

16 Dec 1775

Socio-Economic Group:

Clergy (includes all denominations)
daughter of clergyman

Occupation:

Novelist

Religion:

Anglican

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Rachel Hunter

Title:

Lady Maclairn, the Victim of Villainy

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

1806

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

10395

Source:

Print

Author:

Jane Austen

Editor:

Deirdre Le Faye

Title:

Jane Austen's Letters

Place of Publication:

Oxford

Date of Publication:

1995

Vol:

n/a

Page:

195

Additional Comments:

Letter from Jane Austen to Anna Austen, Thursday 29- Saturday 31 October, 1812.

Citation:

Jane Austen, Deirdre Le Faye (ed.), Jane Austen's Letters (Oxford, 1995), p. 195, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=10395, accessed: 17 January 2022


Additional Comments:

Le Faye notes: 'The book about which JA and Anna were joking was "Lady Maclairn, the Victim of Villainy" (1806), by Mrs Rachel Hunter of Norwich (1754-1813)'. She also quotes Fanny-Caroline Lefroy: 'The [...] note refers to a voluminous and most tiresome & prosy novel the Aunt and niece had been reading & laughing over, together. It was in eight volumes and the tears of the heroine were for ever flowing.'

   
   
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