The Letters

  • F. B. Pinion
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When Tennyson’ s privacy suffered from the intrusions of auto- graph-hunters and correspondents, he vented his annoyance half-humorously by saying that the public would not be satisfied until he was ripped open like a pig; he then expressed his fervent gratitude that the world knew nothing of Shakespeare and Jane Austen but their works. A few years later the 1870 Memoir appeared; and in 1884, Lord Brabourne’ s edition of the letters. The latest collected edition (1959) is a substantial volume, which provides an enormous amount of detailed information, much of real interest, and some of inestimable value as an aid to an understanding of Jane and a better appreciation of her works. Few of her letters, however, enhance her literary reputation, and among letter-writers (Cowper, Lamb, Byron, and Jane Carlyle, for example) she cannot rank high.


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    Darrel Mansell, Jr., English Language Notes, Sept. 1969.Google Scholar
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    E. E. Duncan–Jones, Notes and Queries, Feb. 1957.Google Scholar
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    E. E. Duncan–Jones, The Times Literary Supplement 10 Sept. 1964.Google Scholar
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    A. D. McKillop, Notes and Queries, Sept. 1951.Google Scholar
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    See A. D. McKillop, Notes and Queries, Sept. 1951.Google Scholar

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