Jane Austen 1775–1817
Jane Austen’s great period belongs to the nineteenth century; but in her early teens she was evidently an avid reader and critic of contemporary fiction, whose absurdities get short shrift in her juvenile writing. In ‘Love and Friendship’ (written by age 15), the teenage narrator Laura and her friend Sophia (‘all Sensibility and Feeling’) are staying with Sophia’s cousin Macdonald, whose daughter Janetta they encourage to desert her suitor Graham and elope with Captain McKenzie. (The text is partly modernised.)
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