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The History of England: From the Reign of Henry the 4th to the Death of Charles the 1st

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Introduction by A. S. Byatt. The first-ever full-color facsimile edition of one of Jane Austen's early works, with delightful portraits painted by her sister Cassandra, followed by a transcribed version of the text. Sixteen-year-old Jane describes herself as "a partial, prejudiced, and ignorant historian," and her gleeful parody hints at the humor she would later bring to her novels. "Treats royalty with less respect (and more wit) than a British tabloid."--Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Book News Annotation:

Jane Austen wrote this slim "history" for fun when she was 16 years old, and her sister Cassandra illustrated the text with small portraits. Her subtitle reads: By a Partial, Prejudiced, & Ignorant Historian. (Note: There Will Be Very Few Dates in this History). This facsimile contains a transcription, an introduction by A.S. Byatt, and a note on the text by Deirdre Le Faye who explains how the manuscript came into the hands of the British Library.
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Synopsis:

Since the first publication of her major works at the start of the nineteenth century, generations of readers have loved Jane Austen - for her quick wit and for her keen observations of the manners and mores of her society. Even before Emma, Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility, Jane observed the English monarchs with an already keen eye and unmistakable wit in this, her History of England. When she was just sixteen years old, Jane wrote this gleeful parody of Goldsmith's four-volume History of England (which virtually every English schoolchild - Jane included - had to read). Her version is an irreverent look at a subject usually treated with deadly seriousness. The monarchs - from Henry IV to Charles I - are full of very human whims and weaknesses, both in Jane's text and in her sister Cassandra's miniature portraits, which depict the kings and queens of England as ordinary and sometimes rather disreputable-looking individuals. Produced in association with The British Library, with an introduction from A. S. Byatt and a note on the text from Austen biographer Deirdre Le Faye, this facsimile makes the spirit of the original work available for the first time to all who love Jane Austen's writing.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781565120556
Author:
Byatt, A. S.
Author:
Le Faye, Deirdre
Illustrator:
BYATT, A.S.
Author:
BYATT, A.S.
Author:
Le Faye, Deirdre
Publisher:
Algonquin Books
Location:
Chapel Hill, N.C. :
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
History
Subject:
England
Subject:
Tudors, 1485-1603
Subject:
Medieval period, 1066-1485
Subject:
England Humor.
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
9350
Publication Date:
19930110
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
60
Dimensions:
8.38 x 6.7 x .41 in .1 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Since the first publication of her major works at the start of the nineteenth century, generations of readers have loved Jane Austen - for her quick wit and for her keen observations of the manners and mores of her society. Even before Emma, Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility, Jane observed the English monarchs with an already keen eye and unmistakable wit in this, her History of England. When she was just sixteen years old, Jane wrote this gleeful parody of Goldsmith's four-volume History of England (which virtually every English schoolchild - Jane included - had to read). Her version is an irreverent look at a subject usually treated with deadly seriousness. The monarchs - from Henry IV to Charles I - are full of very human whims and weaknesses, both in Jane's text and in her sister Cassandra's miniature portraits, which depict the kings and queens of England as ordinary and sometimes rather disreputable-looking individuals. Produced in association with The British Library, with an introduction from A. S. Byatt and a note on the text from Austen biographer Deirdre Le Faye, this facsimile makes the spirit of the original work available for the first time to all who love Jane Austen's writing.
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