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Why Jane Austen?$
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Rachel Brownstein

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231153911

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231153911.001.0001

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Looking for Jane

Looking for Jane

(p.71) Chapter 2 Looking for Jane
Why Jane Austen?

Rachel M. Brownstein

Columbia University Press

This chapter describes Chawton Cottage, Jane Austen's home. Austen lived in Chawton Cottage with her mother and sister, and their friend Martha Lloyd from 1809 until close to her death in 1817. It was there that she composed her last three novels and rewrote the early drafts of her first three for publication. Since the conception of Jane Austen's House Museum at Chawton Cottage in 1949, it has been a place for the Annual General Meeting of the Jane Austen Society. Speakers have included novelists and critics, Elizabeth Bowen and Sir Harold Nicolson, and more recently John Bayley, Margaret Drabble, and P. D. James. In 1961, Andrew Wright, an American professor of English, held a talk about Jane Austen from an American point of view. By then, Americans had become deeply involved in things concerning Austen.

Keywords:   Chawton Cottage, Jane Austen's House Museum, Jane Austen Society, Elizabeth Bowen, Sir Harold Nicolson, John Bayley, Margaret Drabble, P. D. James, Andrew Wright

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