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Catharine

Catharine

(1993)
And Other Writings
A collection of stories by

 
Jane Austen began writing in her early teens, and filled three notebooks with her fiction. Her earliest work reflects her interest in the novel as a genre; in brilliant short pieces she plays with plots, stock characters, diction, and style, developing a sense of form at a remarkably early age.

The characters of these stories have a jaunty and never-failing devotion to themselves. They perpetually lie, cheat, steal - and occasionally commit murder. Throughout these short or unfinished pieces, Austen exhibits her sense of the preposterous in life and fiction with tough-mindedness and robust humour. Alice, the mock-heroine of Jack and Alice has 'many rare and charming qualities, but Sobriety is not one of them'. In her later published fiction, Austen had learned to takedemands for propriety seriously, reining in whatever might be thought boisterous or coarse. Here we see Jane Austen without her inhibitions.

In addition to prose fiction and prayers, this collection also contains many of Jane Austen's poems, written to amuse or console friends, and rarely reprinted. The texts have been compared with the manuscripts and edited to give a number of new readings. The notes recreate the texture of daily life in Jane Austen's age, and demonstrate her knowledge of the fiction of her time. The introduction by Margaret Anne Doody sets the writings within the context of Jane Austen's life and literary career.

 
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Paperback Editions

January 2009 : UK Paperback
Title: Catharine and Other Writings (Oxford World's Classics)
Author(s): Jane Austen
ISBN: 0-19-953842-5 / 978-0-19-953842-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: OUP Oxford
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November 2000 : USA Paperback
Title: Catharine and Other Writings
Author(s): Jane Austen
ISBN: 0-543-90084-3 / 978-0-543-90084-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Adamant Media Corporation
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June 1998 : UK Paperback
Title: Catharine and Other Writings (Oxford World's Classics)
Author(s): Jane Austen
ISBN: 0-19-283521-1 / 978-0-19-283521-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
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June 1996 : UK Paperback
Title: Catharine (Phoenix 60p paperbacks)
Author(s): Jane Austen
ISBN: 1-85799-751-4 / 978-1-85799-751-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson History
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March 1993 : UK Paperback
Title: Catharine (World's Classics)
Author(s): Jane Austen
ISBN: 0-19-282823-1 / 978-0-19-282823-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
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Kindle Editions

November 2000 : USA Kindle edition
Title: Catharine and Other Writings
Author(s): Jane Austen
Publisher: Adamant Media Corporation
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June 1998 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Catharine and Other Writings (Oxford World's Classics)
Author(s): Jane Austen
Publisher: OUP Oxford
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