Category Archives: news

Disappointment strikes: NOT a new letter by Jane Austen

Last week, the Mail Online wrote that a “Previously unseen letter by Jane Austen where she first writes about Pride and Prejudice goes on public display for the first time”.  The letter is described as a “handwritten note, which lay … Continue reading

Posted in news | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

New letter by Lowth

A new letter by Robert Lowth (1710-1787) has come to light. Read more about it here.

Posted in 18th-century letters, news | Leave a comment

Jane Austen and the art of letter writing

Is this a new image of Jane Austen? Would she have owned a writing desk like the one in the picture? And how would she have acquired the art of letter writing? Read all about it on OUPblog.

Posted in letter writing, news | Tagged | Leave a comment

Officially out today

Though the book was published several weeks ago already, the true publication date, so its actual birthday, is today, 20 February 2014. For a description of the book’s contents, look at OUP’s website, and feel free to get in touch if … Continue reading

Posted in 18th-century letters, 19th-century letters, news | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Just out

Earlier this week, my book In Search of Jane Austen: The Language of the Letters (OUP) was published. This is how it is described in the OUP linguistics catalogue that came in today: And here is the missing image:

Posted in 18th-century letters, 19th-century letters, news | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Queen Wilhelmina’s English

Earlier this week, NRC Handelsblad, one of the Dutch quality newspapers, published a review of a book called Dear Old Bones. Brieven van Koningin Wilhelmina aan haar Engelse gouvernante Miss Elizabeth Saxton Winter 1886-1935, edited by Emerentia van Heuven-van Nes. Fantastic, … Continue reading

Posted in news | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Lowth letters in Leiden

Great news: Leiden University Library owns two letters from the most authoritative 18th-century English grammarian, Robert Lowth (1710-1787). They were identified accidentally by Myrte Wouterse, BA English and Honours Academy student at the University of Leiden. Myrte and a fellow student had been taken … Continue reading

Posted in 18th-century letters, news | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Jane Austen’s letters

In October last year, a new edition was published of Jane Austen’s letters (OUP, 2011). It is the fourth edition, and the editor is Deirdre Le Faye, a well-known Austen specialist. The previous edition, also by her, dates from 1995 … Continue reading

Posted in news | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

On long s

Long <s> is a typical feature of 18th-century English spelling, as James Boswell’s letter, reproduced elsewhere in this blog, shows. But though it disappeared from printed texts around the turn of the 18th to the 19th century, it still appears … Continue reading

Posted in 18th-century letters, 19th-century letters, news | Tagged | Leave a comment

The Browning love letters

On Valentine’s Day, the Guardian announced the online publication of the Browning love letters, letters exchanged between Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, which I also reported on elsewhere in this blog. The article mentions that there are 574 letters, and a first glance … Continue reading

Posted in 19th-century letters, news | Tagged , | Leave a comment