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Ever yours?

The first letter by Jane Austen that has come down to us, addressed to her sister Cassandra, ends as follows: I condole with Miss M. on her losses and with Eliza¬†on her gains, and am ever yours,/J. A. (letter 1, … Continue reading

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Self-corrections and prepositions

This week, we are reading Anita Auer’s article on self-corrections in Late Modern English letters (Auer 2008). In this article, Auer discusses three case studies, and one of them concerns the letters of Lucy Whitaker (1759-1837), the wife of a … Continue reading

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OED not (yet) helpful on Turkies

Analysing Jane Austen’s spelling in her letters, I found the plural Turkies rather than Turkeys as we spell it today: he hopes all your Turkies & Ducks & Chicken & Guinea Fowls are very well (letter 21) We are just … Continue reading

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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

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Addison’s hand

One of my students was writing a paper on Joseph Addison’s Will, and because she wanted to verify if the Will was actually in his own hand, she googled for “Joseph Addison” and “handwriting”. Joseph Addison lived from 1672 to … Continue reading

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