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Vital companions for Austen fans

JANE AUSTEN, SENSE AND SENSIBILITY: An Annotated Edition Edited by Patricia Meyer Spacks. Harvard University Press. $54.95.JANE AUSTEN, VOLUME THE FIRSTBodleian Library. $59.95.
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Since 2010, beginning with Pride and Prejudice, The Belknap Press of Harvard University has commissioned and published handsome, lavishly illustrated, annotated editions of Jane Austen’s novels. Sense and Sensibility, edited by Patricia Meyer Spacks, Emerita Professor of English at the University of Virginia, is the fourth and latest in the series.

Sense and Sensibility was Austen’s first published novel, although not the first novel she had written. Her excitement on being published is reflected in a letter to her sister Cassandra. ”I am never too busy to think of S and S. I can no more forget it than a mother can forget her sucking child.”

Sense and Sensibility is a story of money and marriage and the Dashwood sisters. Marianne, the younger, is emotionally intense and rejects convention. Elinor, the elder, is thoughtful and practical with a concern for propriety and the needs of others. Hence the title. Spack, however, explores in both her introduction and her notes, Austen’s sympathy with both Elinor and Marianne, that they both display ”sense” and ”sensibility” and that as characters they need to learn from each other. As a result, by the end of the novel, despite both experiencing heartbreak and despair, they do find marital security and happiness.

As in all her novels, through her heroines, Austen reveals the social and psychological restrictions on women in her time. For Spack, Sense and Sensibility is ”a story of women and how they make their way in a world where men possess most of the power”.

Spack’s extensive annotations are more a commentary than notes, referring constantly to other Austen novels as well as Austen’s literary contemporaries. Spack comments on the concept of the ”cottage” offered to the Dashwoods by Sir John Middleton, explaining that in Austen’s time ”the term applied to country residences intended for a moderate scale of living but designed to be comfortable and refined”. To support this, Spack uses Robert Southey writing in 1820, who refers to ”a cottage with a double coach house. A cottage of gentility” and then Persuasion, in which Mary and Charles Musgrove live in Uppercross Cottage, which ”had received the improvement of a farm house elevated into a cottage … with its viranda, French windows and other prettiness”.

This annotated edition of Sense and Sensibility is a beautiful book, printed on acid-free, cream vellum paper with generous margins and woven bindings. It is an intelligent and enlightening literary companion, and an essential addition to any serious collection of Jane Austen’s works.

Equally essential is Volume the First, of the juvenilia published in facsimile by the Bodleian Library, giving Austen followers ”a unique opportunity to own a likeness of Jane Austen’s hand in the form of a complete manuscript facsimile”.

In her introduction, Kathryn Sutherland, Professor of Bibliography and Textual Criticism at the University of Oxford, reveals that all three volumes of Jane Austen’s juvenilia were suppressed until the twentieth century, as the Austen family ”seemed reluctant to jeopardise a reputation in realism and naturalism by exposing to view the zany and surreal fiction of the juvenilia” which contains drunkenness, female brawling, murder and sexual impropriety.

From the age of 11, the precocious Jane Austen took delight in cleverly parodying and satirising the literature of her time for her family and friends. For Sutherland, Volume the First ”holds precious clues to how Jane Austen worked” as it shows ”signs of complication through revision and the entry of items over a considerable length of time”. It takes the form of a ”mock book” with a table of contents, titles and chapters and the affectionate dedication of each item to a member of her family by ”the author”.

In A Truth Universally Acknowledged. 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen (Particular Books, 2010), eminent Austen scholar Brian Southam reveals it was his encounter with Volume the Second of the juvenilia in a farmhouse in Kent, in 1960, that changed him from ”dutiful student into Janeite devotee”. The Bodleian Library facsimile of Volume the First may have a similar impact on many readers, as it provides a rare insight into the real mind of a novelist whose reputation has been so carefully shaped by her family.

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