Jane Austen’s Children

Brigid Brophy

  • Jane Austen’s Letters edited by R.W. Chapman
    Oxford, 519 pp, £15.00

In one respect at least we must be glad Jane Austen refused the proposal of marriage made her in 1802. Literature would be a little less seemly had she obliged us to think of our greatest (indeed, I more and more suspect, the greatest) novelist as Jane Bigg-Wither.

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