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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