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Dopo qualche anno avrebbe scritto i romanzi che l'hanno immortalata come una delle autrici più popolari e amate di tutti i tempi, ma già da giovanissima, in un'età compresa tra i dodici e i diciotto anni, Jane Austen si dilettava con il gioco della scrittura. La caricatura di una storia dell'Inghilterra descritta "da uno storico parziale, prevenuto e ignorante" che mette aDopo qualche anno avrebbe scritto i romanzi che l'hanno immortalata come una delle autrici più popolari e amate di tutti i tempi, ma già da giovanissima, in un'età compresa tra i dodici e i diciotto anni, Jane Austen si dilettava con il gioco della scrittura. La caricatura di una storia dell'Inghilterra descritta "da uno storico parziale, prevenuto e ignorante" che mette alla berlina i manuali scolastici dell'epoca, due esempi di quel romanzo epistolare così di moda alla fine del secolo, uno dei quali dà il titolo all'antologia e il primo atto di una commedia mai compiuta, sono gli scritti giovanili, raccolti insieme ad altri in tre quaderni nel 1793. Essi contengono in nuce i temi che saranno costanti e fondamentali per l'autrice: gli amori non corrisposti, i viaggi, gli incontri di una giovane ben educata e perfettamente inserita nella società inglese contemporanea, con i suoi riti e i suoi pregiudizi....

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Amore e amicizia e altri scritti giovanili Reviews

  • Alex
    2018-11-20 09:21

    Jane Austen. You may have heard of her. She wrote a book called Pride and Prejudice, later made famous by dashing actor Colin Firth and his wet shirt. Many Americans still want her autograph and others ask questions as to whether she might be enjoyed by male readers, the answer to which may seriously cause me concerns regarding my sexual and gender identity.Austen refuses to throw any Conan the Barbarian-like bones to her male readership, who are going to have to take it on trust that their penis won't fall off after perusal of these satirical delights, written for no-one but her family, who were appreciative enough to provide illustrations. I am sure they were also appreciative enough that their Jane was something of a genius and that these miniature works, whilst notably unpolished, moved from brilliant all-out satire on the literary conventions of the day (Love and Freindship, the volume's highlight, much obliged to the constant swoons and shocking multiple sudden deaths) through a notorious takedown of historical method (A History of England), towards the subtler novelistic style that she would perfect as an adult. Catharine comes to a crashing halt after 30 pages but as a first attempt shows a lot of style and finesse.Reading this volume makes me weep for my teenage self who could barely construct a sentence, despite similar as-yet-still-unrealised ambition. It also makes me weep for the cult of Jane Austen who still think that mother of chick lit is something of an empowering label. One likes to imagine what Jane Austen would have said about the work of Stephanie Meyer or Jodi Piccoult, amongst close acquaintances. "A lot of fucking shite", or something a little more biting, I imagine.

  • Kara
    2018-12-10 06:19

    I discovered this little gem a few months ago and couldn't pass it up since it was Jane Austen! A compilation of stories, some finished and some not (or at least they felt unfinished to me), some sent to family members for various reasons, others discovered after her death, and all a good deal of fun to read. Since most are pretty short, it was easy to read bits and pieces as the notion arose. Many of the stories are written in epistolary form as well and I really enjoyed that aspect of them. One can never go wrong with reading Austen, right?

  • C Valeri
    2018-11-16 10:36

    Whew finally....took me almost a year to finish that since I was reading a million other things. Anyway, hilarious and delightful early Austen--she wrote this stuff when she was like 12, 13, 14...makes me feel even worse for thinking Twilight was a good book when I was 12....Would recommend for the big Austen fans who have been through all 6 of the novels and want more! But be aware these stories are quite different in content and tone at times!

  • Merel
    2018-12-13 13:21

    I'm so happy I got to discover this part of Jane Austen. I loved the stories, no matter how ridiculous, and often couldn't stop myself from laughing out loud. Jane Austen was truly brilliant, and these works make that ever the more obvious. Without a doubt this little collection makes me appreciate her and her famous works even more than I did before!

  • Lisa Brantly
    2018-11-21 11:32

    I haven't finished it, but I think I'll read Emma for awhile....😕

  • Marmott79
    2018-11-16 06:27

    Meglio di Zelig!Si tratta di racconti inediti, scritti giovanili non destinati alla pubblicazione dati in pasto al pubblico senza uno straccio di introduzione, come una pietanza fredda da buttar giù "sta' zitt e magna!". Eppure ci sarebbero tante domande e curiosità che non vengono soddisfatte e che bisogna appagare altrove...Nonostante la mancanza di introduzione però il libretto risulta godibilissimo, soprattutto i primi tre scritti: i due racconti epistolari "Amore e Amicizia" e "Lesley Castle" e "La Storia d'Inghilterra" Amore e Amicizia (le quattro stelle infatti sono per i primi tre scritti.Il racconto epistolare rivela nella quindicenne Jane Austen un umorismo degno dei migliori sketch televisivi. Rivisita tutti gli stereotipi letterari dell'epoca infarciti di pathos, esotismo, fughe rocambolesche e riconoscimento di parenti perduti da tempo svelandone i paradossi e le esagerazioni. Persino nelle raccomandazioni non riesce a trattenere l'umorismo:"Guardatevi, Laura mia (diceva spesso) Guardatevi dalle insulse Vanità e dalle vane dissolutezze della Capitale dell'Inghilterra; Guardatevi dagli insensati Lussi di Bath e dal fetido pesce di Southampton."L'EsotismoTerza lettera: "Mio Padre era originario dell'Irlanda e viveva del Galles; mia Madre era la Figlia naturale di un Pari di Scozia e di una ballerina italiana dell'Opera - io sono nata in Spagna e sono stata educata in un Convento in Francia."In tre righe si apre e chiude il giro dell'Europa, nessuna di queste informazioni sarà rilevante ai fini della storia ma il solo fatto di metterli denota un'attenzione nei confronti della narrativa dell'epoca infarcita di personaggi esotici.Il PathosLa Quinta lettera è la madre di tutte le scene da telenoveas poi riprese in chiave comica dal trio Lopez Marchesini Solenghi in molti spettacoli teatrali. Chi ha visto il trio in tv o in teatro e legge questo libro non può assolutamente rimanere impassibile, alla mente torna il volto di Anna Marchesini che dice "suonano alla porta... chi sarà?" e lì è davvero difficile trattenere la risata. E pathos alla fine del Settecento significa soprattutto svenimenti. Le donne svengono di continuo, rigorosamente sul sofà, passando velocemente dal pathos al patetico.E bisogna essere davvero rigorosi nella scelta del luogo dove svenire perché se per caso capita di farlo in strada le conseguenze potrebbero essere tragiche.Fughe rocamboleschePer tutto il racconto ritorna il tema del matrimonio combinato, disprezzato per principio più che per necessità come si intuisce dalle parole del nobile Lindsay:"No, mai esclamai. Lady Dorothea è deliziosa e attraente; non pongo nessun'altra donna al di sopra di lei; ma sappiate signore, che disprezzo l'idea di sposarla per compiacere i vostri desideri. No! Non sia mai detto che io mi pieghi a mio Padre."Questa opposizione al matrimonio combinato porterà a una serie di sciagure, fughe, smarrimenti e ritrovamenti di parenti lungo il cammino. I protagonisti sono sempre in movimento da un punto all'altro alla ricerca di una stabilità che nessuno può offrire.Ipocrisia, bigottismo e pregiudizi sono qui portati all'estremo, i valori sono totalmente ribaltati: sir Edward è una persona orribile perché russa e perciò in grado di commettere qualsiasi nefandezza, Laura e Sofia rubano a Macdonald ma dato che questi è giudicato da loro persona cattiva non si possono biasimare, i due giovani Philander e Gustavus lasciano le madri morire di fame e vengono considerati "amabili giovani". C'è un'ironia che a tratti ricorda don Chisciotte, a tratti Gargantua regalando al lettore pagine di pura goduria.Lesley castleMolto simile al precedente racconto epistolare nella forma e nel soggetto, nello svelare le ipocrisie e il ribaltamento dei valori della letteratura contemporanea. Il racconto è un susseguirsi di pettegolezzi, malignità e idiozie e riesce a raggiungere lo zero comico assoluto di livello tafazziano.La storia d'Inghilterra dal regno di Enrico IV alla morte di Carlo IL'intento è chiaro e ribadito più volte: "Di uno Storico parziale, prevenuto e ignorante" schierato dalla parte degli Stuart e degli York si accanisce ovviamente contro Tudor e Lancaster.Riguardo Enrico VI (Lancaster)Immagino sappiate tutto circa le Guerre tra lui e il Duca di York che era dalla parte della ragione; se non lo sapete, avreste fatto meglio a leggere qualche altro trattato di storia, poiché non mi dilungherò molto su queste cose, che intendo usare solo per sfogare il mio astio contro, e mostrare il mio odio per tutti coloro le cui fazioni o idee non si adattino alle mie, e non per fornire informazioni.e ancoraIl motivo principale per cui ho intrapreso questa Storia dell'Inghilterra era di dimostrare l'innocenza della Regina di Scozia, il che mi lusingo di aver fatto in modo efficace, e di maltrattare Elisabetta, anche se non sono del tutto soddisfatta in merito a quest'ultima parte del progetto.Trovo molto carino inoltre che nel manoscritto vi siano 13 medaglioni ad acquerello per 13 monarchi, non in questa edizione però. Insomma, il libro è un piccolo capolavoro di ironia e arguzia, piccolo assaggio di quanto si ritrova nei romanzi pubblicati.Per approfondire https://marmott79.blogspot.it/2018/02...

  • Becky
    2018-12-07 08:28

    I can't say that this is one of my favorites of Austen's. It was very quick, and very short, and funny in an over-the-top way, but I find that I much prefer her subtlety. Considering how young she was when writing this though, it's pretty damn impressive. "Run mad as often as you chuse; but do not faint--"Words to live by. ;)

  • Cody
    2018-11-26 06:35

    I think I'm just not into Austen. granted, this was written when she was very young, but I find a lot of her works quite hard to understand, both in language and very British centric culture. may pick this up again, or another one of her novels- but I'm not really feeling it right now.

  • Pamela Shropshire
    2018-12-02 05:22

    This collection of writings of a young Jane Austen is enjoyable in its own right, but particularly of interest to the casual JA fan who only is acquainted through her 6 complete novels. Written between the ages of 12 and 19, these works show an impressive understanding of literary parody (thanks to the extensive notes included in this edition) which demonstrates that, in spite of a lack of structured education, she was indeed well-read and had been instilled with reason and logic from an early age. She employs wit and irony and sometimes biting sarcasm very humorously and effectively; so much so, that apparently they were suppressed for many years.JA experimented so much with the epistolary form that I find it surprising that she abandoned it. Lady Susan, the latest and most mature of the juvenilia, is in this form and very effectively done. In contrast, only one work, Catherine, or The Bower, is in the third-person narrative, the mode in which she wrote all her novels.As far as my favorites: I found Jack and Alice very amusing; I LOLed during the very brief but hilarious The Adventures of Mr. Harley; and thoroughly enjoyed Lesley Castle and Catherine, or The Bower; but by far, my favorite is Lady Susan.The heroine of that work, the titular Lady Susan Vernon, is not a very admirable woman, especially not by standards of JA's time. She has been lately made a widow and is in straitened circumstances with a daughter to support. She and the daughter appear to be polar opposites and to lack any affection whatsoever for the other. Lady Susan is apparently carrying on a serious flirtation (and more is hinted at) with a married man; she encourages, Mrs. Johnson, her best friend, by letter, perhaps -hopefully! - in jest, to hasten the early demise of the wife by keeping her nerves stirred up in jealousy! Quite remarkable for a country rector's genteel teenage daughter!

  • LdyGray
    2018-12-13 11:19

    Delightful. Austen was a sharp observer of the ridiculous even in her teens, and this short epistolary novel and fragments of other works presages her novels to come. She has a particularly keen eye for the ridiculousness of young women in love.Some of the letters contain names that will reappear in Austen's novels - Dashwood, Willoughby, Crawford, Jane, Elinor, Louisa, Charlotte, Edward. I enjoyed "THE FIRST ACT OF A COMEDY," which reads like the start of a musical, complete with unnecessary exposition:Pistoletta) Pray papa how far is it to London?Popgun) My Girl, my Darling, my favourite of all my Children, who art the picture of thy poor Mother who died two months ago, with whom I am going to Town to marry to Strephon, and to whom I mean to bequeath my whole Estate, it wants seven Miles.It was also fun to find pieces, notably "Love and Freindship" and "The History of England," which are quoted in Patricia Rozema's movie version of Mansfield Park (1999).My favorite piece was "A LETTER from a YOUNG LADY, whose feelings being too strong for her Judgement led her into the commission of Errors which her Heart disapproved."It reads, in whole:Many have been the cares and vicissitudes of my past life, my beloved Ellinor, and the only consolation I feel for their bitterness is that on a close examination of my conduct, I am convinced that I have strictly deserved them. I murdered my father at a very early period of my Life, I have since murdered my Mother, and I am now going to murder my Sister. I have changed my religion so often that at present I have not an idea of any left. I have been a perjured witness in every public tryal for these last twelve years; and I have forged my own Will. In short there is scarcely a crime that I have not committed—But I am now going to reform. Colonel Martin of the Horse guards has paid his Addresses to me, and we are to be married in a few days. As there is something singular in our Courtship, I will give you an account of it. Colonel Martin is the second son of the late Sir John Martin who died immensely rich, but bequeathing only one hundred thousand pound apeice to his three younger Children, left the bulk of his fortune, about eight Million to the present Sir Thomas. Upon his small pittance the Colonel lived tolerably contented for nearly four months when he took it into his head to determine on getting the whole of his eldest Brother’s Estate. A new will was forged and the Colonel produced it in Court—but nobody would swear to it’s being the right will except himself, and he had sworn so much that Nobody beleived him. At that moment I happened to be passing by the door of the Court, and was beckoned in by the Judge who told the Colonel that I was a Lady ready to witness anything for the cause of Justice, and advised him to apply to me. In short the Affair was soon adjusted. The Colonel and I swore to its’ being the right will, and Sir Thomas has been obliged to resign all his illgotten wealth. The Colonel in gratitude waited on me the next day with an offer of his hand—. I am now going to murder my Sister. Yours Ever, Anna Parker.

  • Kat
    2018-11-30 06:07

    Fainting spells, arranged marriages, an excess of victuals, jealous stepmothers and...did I mention fainting spells? Such are the topics in Jane Austen's juvenilia. This book contains short stories told in epistolary form. Written by Austen when she was 14-16 years old, they are a testament to the author's wit and penchant for writing some of the most comical characters in print. I read this book on my iPod, and I love that the version I read kept all of Jane Austen's original misspellings. Some newer versions of the text correct these things, but seeing the errors made it feel more personal...like I was reading from Austen's manuscripts. In electronic form, of course.Love and Freindship, the first tale in the book, is a series of letters from Laura to her friend's daughter Marianne, in which she tells of her adventures in (what else?) love and friendship. Laura is romanced by Edward, whose father doesn't exactly rejoice in the union (as he wants his son to marry an heiress, Lady Dorothea). Laura and Edward, and their friends Sophia and Augustus, find themselves in a few mixups dealing with money, inheritance, long-lost family, you name it. Whenever something major (or not so major) occurs, Laura and Sophia collapse into each other's arms. They faint all the time, no matter what the situation is. Austen is obviously poking fun at the idea of sensibility and how possessing too much of it isn't the best.Lesley Castle is another epistolary tale that takes its name from the residence of one of the main correspondents, Margaret Lesley. She and her friend Charlotte exchange letters and discuss trivial matters, e.g., what to do with food left over from a wedding that gets canceled. The two friends talk about events that occur in their lives — like Charlotte's sister's fiancé dying, and Margaret's father getting remarried to a gold-digger (who happens to be Charlotte's friend) — but as important as those occurrences are, they can do little else but worry about the minor things. Charlotte is a most entertaining character, as she delights in all things culinary and prides herself on her "pyes." One of my favorite lines in her letters is, "I was as cool as a cream-cheese."Do all these crazy plotlines sounds confusing? Sure, they do. But I had a good laugh reading this collection of Austen's early works. One can imagine what it must have been like to be a member of the Austen household and listen to young Jane read her stories aloud after dinner. If you're a fan of Jane Austen's novels and are curious to see what she was like as a youth, give this one a read. It's pure entertainment.

  • Laura
    2018-12-05 13:08

    Free download available at Project Gutenberg.CONTENTSLOVE AND FREINDSHIPLETTER the FIRST From ISABEL to LAURALETTER 2nd LAURA to ISABELLETTER 3rd LAURA to MARIANNELETTER 4th Laura to MARIANNELETTER 5th LAURA to MARIANNELETTER 6th LAURA to MARIANNELETTER 7th LAURA to MARIANNELETTER 8th LAURA to MARIANNE, in continuationLETTER the 9th From the same to the sameLETTER 10th LAURA in continuationLETTER 11th LAURA in continuationLETTER the 12th LAURA in continuationLETTER the 13th LAURA in continuationLETTER the 14th LAURA in continuationLETTER the 15th LAURA in continuation.AN UNFINISHED NOVEL IN LETTERSLESLEY CASTLELETTER the FIRST is from Miss MARGARET LESLEY to Miss CHARLOTTELETTER the SECOND From Miss C. LUTTERELL to Miss M. LESLEY in answer.LETTER the THIRD From Miss MARGARET LESLEY to Miss C. LUTTERELL LesleyLETTER the FOURTH From Miss C. LUTTERELL to Miss M. LESLEY BristolLETTER the FIFTH Miss MARGARET LESLEY to Miss CHARLOTTE LUTTERELLLETTER the SIXTH LADY LESLEY to Miss CHARLOTTE LUTTERELL Lesley-CastleLETTER the SEVENTH From Miss C. LUTTERELL to Miss M. LESLEY BristolLETTER the EIGHTH Miss LUTTERELL to Mrs MARLOWE Bristol April 4thLETTER the NINTH Mrs MARLOWE to Miss LUTTERELL Grosvenor Street, AprilLETTER the TENTH From Miss MARGARET LESLEY to Miss CHARLOTTE LUTTERELLTHE HISTORY OF ENGLANDA COLLECTION OF LETTERSTo Miss COOPERLETTER the FIRST From a MOTHER to her FREIND.LETTER the SECOND From a YOUNG LADY crossed in Love to her freindLETTER the THIRD From a YOUNG LADY in distressed CircumstancesLETTER the FOURTH From a YOUNG LADY rather impertinent to her freindLETTER the FIFTH From a YOUNG LADY very much in love to her FreindTHE FEMALE PHILOSOPHERTHE FIRST ACT OF A COMEDYA LETTER from a YOUNG LADY, whose feelings being too strongA TOUR THROUGH WALES—in a LETTER from a YOUNG LADY—A TALE.

  • Sarkamatty
    2018-12-06 13:29

    Jelikož jsem si o této sbírce rané prózy Jane Austenové dopředu nic nezjistila, byla jsem po prvních stránkách poměrně překvapená stylem psaní, chováním postav i prostředím. To proto, že Láska a Přátelství a další prózy vůbec nejsou jako nejslavnější romány Austenové. Jsou téměř jejich opakem, jsou vtipné, sarkastické a strefují se bez okolků do čehokoli, k čemu měla mladičká Jane Austenová (napsáno v jejích třinácti až sedmnácti letech) nějaké výhrady. Hlavní postavy často omdlévají (několikrát za sebou), lásku dostanete na počkání a je více než pravděpodobné, že ve svém spolucestujícím hrdinka pozná svého dědečka (kterého nikdy neviděla)/adoptivní rodiče (kteří si uvědomí, že je vlastně jejich pravá dcera)/svého umírajícího manžela/sestřenici z dvacátého kolena (kterou něviděla deset let, ale samozřejmě, že se poznají). No byla to paráda. :D

  • Flaneurette
    2018-12-09 08:08

    The endless swooning in "Love and Freindship" and the Stephen Fry-witty "History of England" were quite amusing, but the remaining works were indeed juvenile and not particularly stimulating. Jane clearly found her voice at an early age, and her language is as ever a delight, but any aspiring author who thinks that their diaries make interesting reads should have a glance at the young Miss Austen's letters and ask themselves if there is any resemblance; all flowery language, little substance and lack of direction - only deserving publication after one has become a legend.

  • Julia
    2018-11-15 12:12

    I confess I read Love & Freindship and not the "other works," but I hope to come back to them. L&F is hilarious though and I kind of wish the Whit Stillman movie was actually based on, well, Love & Freindship instead of Lady Susan.

  • Laura
    2018-11-15 06:24

    To have written these works before the age of 17 is a mark of Austen's genius. She ridicules the silliness of Society and Sentiment with a truly acid wit, and a worldliness far beyond her years.

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    2018-12-06 09:07

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  • Maria Grazia
    2018-11-17 07:32

    When I studied Jane Austen at university I imagined her a middle-aged, strong -willed , intelligent woman who happened to live in the wrong age for her wish for independence and was quite angry for her unlucky fate. I thought her as proud as Elizabeth, as sensible and good mannered as Elinore, quite reserved and very generous like Anne Elliot. Anyhow, I got the image of the serious, reserved spinster feeling rather superior to many other women who had to come to a compromise with marriage.Reading her minor works, Lady Susan last summer and these Juvenilia this weekend gave me a new image of Jane Austen. That of a lively, open-minded, humorous young woman who loved laughing, reading, gossiping and being under the spotlight. Love and Freindship (she wrote freind and freindship all the short story through!) is the demonstration that her six major novels did not spring fully formed from Austen’s mind. She had a long literary apprenticeship supported and nurtured by her large, loving and scholarly family. Jane was born in 1775, the 7th of 8 children. Life at the Rectory at Steventon was entertaining and educational, the children were often staging plays or publishing magazines. During her teenage Jane wrote 3 volumes (the notebooks still exist – one in the Bodleian Library; the other two in the British Museum) of absurd but amusing stories and skits to be read aloud to entertain her family. Love and Freindship is the second of these volumes. She wrote Love and Freindship and Other Early Works between 1790-93 , when she was 15/17. This volume contains two short stories L&F and Lesley Castle , The History of England and A Collection of letters.In the pair of delightfully silly short stories Austen lampoons sentimental and Gothic fictions of the day with disrespectful parodies of the ridiculous overabundance in this novels of clichès such as love at first sight, elopements, long-lost relatives, fainting, fatal riding accidents, adultery and castles. LOVE AND FREINDSHIPIn the first story, written in the epistolary form , the heroine Laura writes to Marianne, the daughter of her friend, Isabel. It was lovely to imagine young Jane reading it aloud and all her dear laughing around her. There are several hilarious silly passages ,featuring an improbable series of faints, which made me laugh too:(from letter 8) She (Sophia) was all Sensibility and Feeling. We flew into each other's arms and after having exchanged vows of mutual Freindship for the rest of our Lives, instantly unfolded to each other the most inward secrets of our Hearts. -- We were interrupted in the delightfull Employment by the entrance of Augustus (Edward's freind), who was just returned from a solitary ramble.Never did I see such an affecting Scene as was the meeting of Edward and Augustus."My Life! my Soul!" (exclaimed the former) "My Adorable Angel!" (replied the latter), as they flew into each other's arms. It was too pathetic for the feelings of Sophia and myself -- We fainted alternately on a sofa.(from letter 9)The beautifull Augustus was arrested and we were all undone. Such perfidious Treachery in the merciless perpetrators of the Deed will shock your gentle nature, Dearest Marianne, as much as it then affected the Delicate Sensibility of Edward, Sophia, your Laura, and of Augustus himself. To compleat such unparalelled Barbarity, we were informed that an Execution in the House would shortly take place. Ah! what could we do but what we did! We sighed and fainted on the sofa.(from letter 13)“I screamed and instantly ran mad. -- We remained thus mutually deprived of our Senses some minutes, and on regaining them were deprived of them again. For an Hour and a Quarter did we continue in this unfortunate Situation -- Sophia fainting every moment and I running Mad as often”.The cult of sensibility – in which emotions are irresistible and overpowering and plots far-fetched and convoluted- was at its heights during Austen’s teenage years and scenes of fainting, raving heroines were inescapable.To convey her satirical view of love and friendship, Jane Austen makes these themes oversimplified and stereotypical. They become paradoxical and make us laugh. The device she uses to make sentimental clichés comical is exaggeration. For instance, the hasty decision to get married make Edward and Laura’s love at first sight rather improbable .This also shows that Jane Austen considered the romantic notion of sensibility as a myth. An improbable one.So reading this short story can be just fun but it can also give us an insight to understand and appreciate Austen’s method of pointing out the flaws of previous romantic views of love and friendship through satirical representations of anecdotes. LESLEY CASTLELesley Castle was probably written in early 1792 (when Jane was 16). It contains some amusing bits, a number of separate sub-plots and supporting characters. Peculiar is Jane Austen’s gleeful narrative employment of scandalous actions like seduction, elopement and divorce. She would tell about them in her major novels too, of course. We all remember the scandalous elopements of Whickham and Lydia in P&P or of Henry Crawford and married Maria Rushworth in Mansfield Park . But we can notice a big difference in Austen’s treatment of scandalous actions : both elopements in the novels are condemned while, here, in Lesley Castle when Louisa abandons her husband and child to run off with two other men, not only she isn’t punished but at the end of the story her ex- husband reports that they have both converted to Roman Catholicism, obtained an annulment, married other people and “are at present very good friends, have quite forgiven all past errors and intend in the future to be very good neighbours”.This gleeful dealing with scandalous facts may be the reason why her family resisted the temptation to publish these Early Works until 1922. Notoriously, Jane’s sister Cassandra, who survived her by almost 30 years, destroyed in part her letters because she did not think them appropriately refined for the prudish Victorian era.My lovely edition of this early works by Austen contains also: - The History of Englandwritten when Jane was fifteen (1791) . It is a parody which pokes fun at widely used schoolroom history books such as Oliver Goldsmith's 1771 The History of England from the Earliest Times to the Death of George II;- A Collection of Letters, which reveals Austen consciously experimenting with writing techniques and characters sketches. It is commonly said that Lady Greville of “Letter the Third” is the prototype for Lady Catherine De Burgh from P&P.Read this review on my blog http://thesecretunderstandingofthehea...

  • Erica Zahn
    2018-11-26 07:10

    This includes Jane Austen’s juvenilia, but it seems that editions vary quite a lot. My edition, by Hesperus Press-perus (view spoiler)[(I know I’m not funny but I couldn’t resist the way it sounds) (hide spoiler)] includes Love and Friendship (I prefer ‘Freindship’, the original spelling by the author, myself), The Three Sisters (an unfinished work), and A Collection of Letters, which is just five individual satirical letters giving snapshots of characters in different situations. They are all epistolary in form. It makes the most sense to me to review them individually, so here’s the low-down in case anyone wants it.Love and Friendship (or Freindship, as she called it)★★★☆My attempt at a synopsis: this is about a young woman, very beautiful and accomplished, who leaves home after abruptly marrying a seemingly eligible man who comes to visit; they drive from place to place looking for older relatives and wealthier friends to support them, defying their fathers’ wishes as much as they possibly can all the while (this is a running theme). They run into some long-lost relatives and make snap judgements at other characters according to the extent of their romantic attributes along the way.The first thing that struck me in this, apart from the protagonist’s vanity (unusual for Austen), was that she gets married faster than a Disney princess. It definitely verges on the absurd side of Austen that you see some of in Northanger Abbey and her other earlier work, rather than portraying her satire, as it is seen later, in a more ‘realistic’ way, like the events of the novel could plausibly happen (thinking of Pride and Prejudice, if you can accept a rich man marrying a woman who has insulted him as ‘plausible’, and Emma).It may be very much on the farcical side of things, but she achieves this well as it is extremely funny. Austen has very good comic timing in her writing (as much as you can have it in writing) even at a young age, and this made me laugh a lot, even though she repeats her jokes a few times, and also entertained me in the sense that I didn’t always feel sure where the story was headed.The Three Sisters (unfinished work) ★★★The eldest sister of three is proposed to by a man she thoroughly dislikes, and faces a dilemma: whether to accept his proposal and resign herself to lifelong misery, or reject him, knowing that he will propose to one or both of her younger sisters and so, if they accept, they will get married before her, a thought she dreads. (The youngest sister will be forced to marry him by their mother if the other two refuse, so they can’t agree to have all of them reject him.)Since this is unfinished, although the initial dilemma is resolved (though I won’t give the result away), it is difficult to tell in what directions she would have taken the work, and for how long – it is an alright start but doesn’t really find the chance to progress beyond the original antics (or, perhaps, just the one antic) of the characters, as it is so short. I enjoyed it, but I wouldn’t recommend anyone dashing out to buy an edition that includes it as I think Love and Friendship itself just has more to it.A Collection of Letters★★☆There are five different letters here, with a bit of context given in the title (e.g. ‘From a young lady in love to her friend’, that sort of thing), intended as short satires for the amusement of Austen’s cousin.I had some mixed feelings about this, letter by letter: some I didn’t find so amusing, so it is possible that I didn’t get the joke. The first letter wasn’t very funny to me (something about a mother introducing her daughters to society all at once as a group, but gradually in the process). In the second letter, however, the way that the letter-writer treats her friend’s grief and misery as a source of entertainment (and too feel better about her own situation) made me laugh, whereas in the third letter (about a girl in financial difficulties who is made fun of for it) I just felt sorry for her. (Perhaps a connection with Emma here, however, in that satire is all in good fun but making fun of poor people is always going too far.)The fourth letter is also a bit of a non-entity (I think a girl makes a social faux pas in conversation and is embarrassed? It’s not particularly memorable, whatever it is), but the fifth (about a girl eager for her uncle and aunt to die so she can inherit and marry her sweetheart) made me laugh, and was one of the better ones along with the second. I give it 2.5 stars because, as you can see, it is quite hit-and-miss.****************************************Generally I would say that juvenilia is not a good place to start with any author (if you end up loving the author, you can read them later; if you didn’t like their major works, you probably wouldn’t bother with their juvenilia), but I think this is an entertaining read for those who already enjoy Austen’s satire and/or eighteenth century humour in general (it actually reminded me of Candide in parts, and I love Candide). I see some noticeable similarities to her earliest major work, Northanger Abbey, in the ‘heavy on the satire’ approach and the absurdist elements that all of these works take, as opposed to her later style in Persuasion that is subtler takes itself and its social commentary a little more seriously. (Not everyone likes Northanger Abbey, but I think there is a lot of appeal to the bitingly satirical, young Austen who shows a lot of presence in the text, so I think this is worth noting.) This particularly comes across in the way that literary tropes are specifically satirised in both, namely romantic tropes in Love and Freindship and gothic in Northanger Abbey.I focus on L&F here because I consider it the standout work here significantly (and this seems to be one of those editions where the lesser works are tagged on for padding the edition, since although they are both fine in their own right, their main intrigue is in their author at her formative point beyond their actual contents). The works themselves vary somewhat in quality, as I have shown in their ratings, but overall I think this book has plenty of value, if specifically only as a light, pleasurable, and humorous read – Austen-lite, perhaps.

  • Girl with her Head in a Book
    2018-11-24 09:27

    For my full review: http://girlwithherheadinabook.co.uk/2...Love and Freindship and Other Youthful Writings is a new paperback release from Penguin, offering an anthology collection of Jane Austen’s juvenilia, including snippets dating back to when the author was just eleven years old. The book offers fascinating and at times tantalising glimpses of the author in training, a young girl writing purely for her own amusement and that of her family, but then every so often she turns a particular phrase which betrays her as the woman who would go on to write some of the finest novels in the English language. Love and Freindship is at times a dense and dis-orientating read but for the true Austen fan, there is much to be enjoyed.The reader is able to observe Austen’s early experiments, as she mimics Henry Fielding’s hyperbolic style, Samuel Richardson’s epistolary novel but then there are those moments of Austen elegance which signposts her own genius in embryo. More so even than with her later novels, one feels as though we are able to hear Jane’s own voice, with many of pieces in Love and Freindship being written for public performance. Many of her stories feature dispassionate descriptions of disastrous events – not unlike Voltaire’s Candide – and I could imagine her reading them aloud in a dead-pan tone to family applause.Down the centuries, Jane Austen has been repeatedly misconstrued as a romantic novelist, but in Love and Freindship, it is underlined that she was always a satirist before anything else. In works such as The Beautifull Cassandra, she describes how her heroine (named for her own sister Cassandra) fell violently in love with a bonnet, using the same expressions of affection more usually reserved for a lover. In some ways, Love and Freindship seems more like a collection of miniature high-spirited farces – but yet there is such pleasure watching Austen work with such enthusiasm. While nobody can doubt the beauty of her later works such as Persuasion, there is a sadness to some of its tone which is entirely absent here.In style, many of the works are indeed reminiscent of some of the Bronte juvenilia, with the same unfinished style but yet there is a greater confidence about how she deploys the one-liner. Were she alive today, I could imagine Austen as a consummate stand-up comedian. In the titular story Love and Freindship, we stand on the sidelines and snigger as two young women wreak havoc in the lives of all they come across – cheerfully explaining to the daughter of their benefactor that she cannot love the man her father wishes her to marry since he is only her father’s choice and anyway, the man’s hair ‘is not auburn’. They then point her in the direction of a fortune-hunter and wave her off to Gretna Green. The women of Austen’s juvenilia take turns fainting and go to machiavellian lengths to get their own way about marriage yet the naughtiness always remains within the realms of a parson’s daughter’s innocent imagination.Still, although activity of a sexual nature is only ever implied, it is surprising how dark the subject matter of Love and Freindship can be. One young heroine gaily confesses to having killed all her family and perjured herself repeatedly. In another snippet, a heroine formally applies for a young man’s hand and is angry to find herself rebuffed. Two sisters plot to manipule their elder sibling into marrying a man they know she does not care for. Babies bite off their mother’s fingers, some heroines take to drink, the cult of sensibility is skewered repeatedly as insincere and as ever, Austen has little time for the fools of this world. There is much of cruelty – while in her later novels, the false friends such as Miss Bingley or Elizabeth Eliot are background figures, here they are allowed to run wild. Austen is having a great deal of fun – not yet restricted by the prudish nineteenth century mores, her stories bubble with the energy of the bawdy Georgian era.A fine example of this is Austen’s History of England; Christine Alexander’s excellent introduction casts further light on this account by ‘a partial, prejudiced and ignorant Historian’, complete with illustrations by her sister Cassandra. Alexander notes that Cassandra’s artistic gifts were of no less esteem within the family than Jane’s comedic ones. Much of the obvious humour within History of England is similar to the much later 1066 and All That but the true punchline comes from the inside joke which is going on between the two Austen sisters – each of the portraits of monarchs within the History have been modelled on members of the Austen family. Their Aunt Leigh-Parrot is drawn as the much-loathed Elizabeth I while Jane herself becomes the saintly Mary Queen of Scots while various Austen brothers are shown in the guises of their namesake kings. Given that even Mrs Austen is the subject of mockery here, one feels that the reader is being let in on an instance of private humour between two young girls chafing against parental rule.As the reader travels through Love and Freindship, Austen’s tone becomes more polished and her subject matter moves away from the ridiculous and suffices itself with the ironic. In Catherine, or the Bower, her heroine is allowed a mini-rant about the social conditions for women of small fortune. The book closes with Lady Susan, the epistolary account of an adulterous aristocrat where the villainess herself takes centre stage. Love and Freindship is teasing, leaving at the moment where Austen prepares to take flight. It is a piece best enjoyed by the fans, but its appeal is far beyond that of completism, rather it encourages a fuller appreciation of Jane Austen as an artist – while Virginia Woolf may remark that she is hard to capture in the act of greatness, Love and Freindship shows us how hard she worked to perfect her craft – but I think what is loveliest of all is how obviously she enjoyed herself while was doing it. Read this and the image of grim-faced Aunt Jane disintegrates forever.

  • Emily
    2018-12-05 08:36

    these writings only goes to proof that austen has always been talented and insanely funny!

  • Ashley Clark
    2018-12-14 08:24

    Since begining my Jane Austen studies I came across Love and freindship and grew extremely interested in its stories. Recently I was reading her most well known six novels (Persuasion is yet to be read) I figured I'd take some time and read some Juvenilia and embrace a lighter more immature side of Jane. I have to say it was a good choice- I love Jane but her novels are a project in themselves- and it was nice to enjoy some teenage humor for a couple of hours before getting back to the mature Jane.If you don't already know this book consists of Jane early works aka Juvenilia that she wrote during her teens (14-16) according to various sources on the internet. Since I did some homework before picking up this book I found previous reviews and summaries very helpful just to have it there in the back of my brain. This book consists of Love and freindship, Lesley Castle, History of England, and Collection of Letters.Love and freindship: I found this a hilarious story full of sarcasm and the tone was just ah- I loved it. I did find characters a little hard to figure out in the first couple of letters but once that was done it was a blast. Every letter is just full of gothic parody that was completely priceless. Lesley Castle: I just wanted to keep reading it, even when it was over. The plot was just great and characters memorable in their own right. I was reminded of characters in some of her most popular novels at a point which was great. History of England: I have to admit I didn't really get a lot of the jokes in this one but I was able to catch enough to know that there were jokes all over the place. Out of all the previous works in this book I have to say this one sounds the MOST like a teenager wrote it but that doesn't necessarily means its a bad thing, it was a new demonsion to the author which I loved- the immature 15 year old girl we all know at some point or have been. Collection of Letters: Although this is letters that are unrelated I found them all charming. Pretty much a whole story- of part of one- in a letter. Overall I found Love and freindship and Lesley Castle just as satisfying as any novel she has written- that I have read- so far and loved the variety and immaturity of this work (when I say immaturity I mean that it wasn't as strict and subtle as her major works)which I have come to find many people don't like. I like the novels but I miss a lot but will hopefully find more as I read and reread again. If you are looking for a quick, satire, teenage humor short stories this is the book for you, plus if you love Jane its an interesting perspective to read her as a teenage but don't expect anything like Pride and Prejudice or Emma- keep your expectations low and relish in the hilarity- be a teenager again (if you aren't already) and just have fun because that's all this book is about. Having fun reading stories to family :)Sidenote: don't compare this to any of her major works because well frankly they are two entirely different things, take it as what it is and not what is isn't or what you want it to be because you will just be disappointed. Same goes for comparing her major works to each other- just don't do it, appreciate her work for what it is and what it is trying to tell you, not by what you want it to be.

  • Giornata_di_sole
    2018-11-16 13:31

    AMORE E AMICIZIAE' la parodia del romanzo sentimentale, è il romanticismo portato all'estremo con accenti languidi e un concentrato di sventure che invece di mettere in rilievo l'eroicità dei protagonisti, ne svelano la mediocrità e insulsaggine, suscitando sentimenti di ridicolo anziché di stima. E' questo il caso di Laura, l'autrice delle 15 lettere indirizzate alla figlia della sua migliore (si fa per dire) amica,ove narra "i molti dolori" della sua vita passata e quindi del suo amore contrastato per Edward, dell'incontro con la coppia Sophia e Augustus, della serie apocalittica di disgrazie, colpi di scena, sventure varie a lei occorse.LESLEY CASTLEQuesto romanzo non è totalmente distruttivo come l'altro perché lascia intravedere qualche spunto costruttivo che poi Jane Austen ha sviluppato nei suoi romanzi successivi. Sono lettere scritte da diverse donne ognuna con la sua storia e le sue preoccupazioni, più o meno nobili, personali e familiari, da raccontare, ma che si compongono in un intreccio più vasto e complesso riuscendo a dare, grazie all'ipocrisia innata in ognuna, la molteplice prospettiva che al lettore assicura la visione superpartes della storia complessiva. Le presuntuose sorelle Lesley, la sfortunata Eloisa , la bulimica Charlotte, l'arrivista Lady Susan, sono mittenti, destinatarie e oggetto stesso delle lettere: le prime sono preoccupate per la sorte del loro padre che ha sposato in seconde nozze Lady Susan; Charlotte, dopo aver narrato la sventura occorsa in casa propria alla sorella Eloisa abbandonata a pochi giorni alle nozze dal promesso sposo caduto da cavallo e morto, le rassicura; Lady Susan è curiosa di conoscere le sue figliastre che vivono nel castello dei Lesley in un luogo sperduto e arroccato e tra loro è antipatia a prima vista; Eloisa non riesce a dimenticare il suo sposo, anche se trova una tenera amica nella signora Marlowe. Le storie sono diverse, l'intreccio complesso, ma lo humour, la vivacità dello stile consono a ciascun personaggio possiedono già i toni dell'autrice matura.STORIA D'INGHILTERRAE' una versione alternativa a quella contenuta nei compendi scolastici dell'epoca, della storia d'Inghilterra.RACCOLTA DI LETTEREDi soggetto diverso, situazioni disparate, contraddistinte però dalla solita vena ironica.

  • Gwen
    2018-12-08 13:12

    "Armati, mia amabile Giovane Amica, di tutta la filosofia di cui sei Padrona; raccogli tutta la forza d'animo che possiedi, poiché Ahimè! nell'esaminare le pagine seguenti la tua sensibilità sarà messa a durissima prova".Questa piccola raccolta racchiude quattro scritti che fanno parte della produzione minore di Jane Austen:- Frederic & Elfrida - Jack & Alice - Amore e Amicizia - Lady Susan.Come spiega Ginevra Bompiani nell'introduzione dell'edizione italiana per la casa editrice La Tartaruga, i primi tre racconti sono ascrivibili alle opere giovanili dell'autrice, i cosiddetti Juvenilia, e hanno la funzione di vere e proprie satire letterarie. Lady Susan, invece, è un breve romanzo epistolare pubblicato postumo, anche se si presume che sia stato scritto da una Jane Austen diciottenne. Tra queste pagine è possibile ritrovare le qualità della grande scrittrice inglese: stile brillante, sguardo acuto ed ironia. Quest'ultima è meno dissimulata ed assume forme più dirette, che successivamente nei romanzi canonici cederanno il passo ad espressioni implicite. Personalmente ho adorato, oltre a Jack & Alice che già conoscevo grazie alla pubblicazione della Donzelli, il racconto che dà il titolo alla raccolta, Amore e Amicizia, e Lady Susan. Amore e Amicizia è una narrazione epistolare molto divertente ad opera di una sventata e vanesia eroina, Laura. Non mi stupisce che Jane Austen abbia dedicato questa storia ad una persona altrettanto ironica e sagace come sua cugina Madame la Comtesse De Feuillide, che diventerà successivamente anche sua cognata. Nelle pagine di Lady Susan, pur prevalendo la personalità fortemente negativa dell'omonima protagonista, si rimane con il fiato sospeso fino alla fine per vedere se i suoi "malvagi" piani verranno attuati. In sintesi, un libro consigliatissimo, soprattutto per chi desidera conoscere gli esordi letterari di Jane Austen.

  • Eleanor
    2018-12-02 07:21

    Jane Austen has basically always gotten a rough shake, because literary misogyny exists and anyone who writes about bonnets is always going to find herself dismissed by one half of humanity and read feverishly—but only for the bonnets—by half of the other half. The truth, of course, is less frilly and floral than the background for the photo above would suggest. Consensus on Austen for a while now has generally been that she was a shrewd and uncompromising chronicler of human hypocrisy and frailty; that she wrote with absolute clarity on the myriad foolishnesses of polite society but also that she understood them inside out; and that her “charming” marriage-based plots are a forensic examination of the legalized system of prostitution that found it acceptable to sell unmarried women to the highest bidder—and in which the women in question frequently colluded because their other choices were homelessness or humiliation as “companion” dependents of wealthier families.This book is a collection of Austen’s juvenilia, work written when she was between the ages of eleven and nineteen. Christine Alexander, the editor of the Penguin volume, has laid them out in rough chronological order (more or less as they appear in Austen’s manuscript books). The advantage, obviously, is that you can see how Austen grew and developed, not just in terms of her prose becoming more complex and easily controlled, but also as she became more confident in her ability to handle a plot and as her satire became no less sharp, but significantly more subtle.Read the rest of the review here: https://ellethinks.wordpress.com/2016...

  • Shoma Patnaik
    2018-12-06 13:21

    I borrowed this book from my sister, who's the genuine Jane Austen fan (although I did discover it in the first place when out book shopping). I wanted to give Pride and Prejudice and Emma another shot, but before that, I thought I'd have a look at Ms. Austen's juvenilia.Love and Friendship is a wildly over the top, epistolary satire which starts off with a plot hole - why couldn't Isabel tell Marianne Laura's story if she knew it as well? In any case, the letters are a fun excuse for Ms. Austen to plunge her heroines into a series of unfortunate events (I think we might have found the Baudelaire orphans' ancestors).I wish the other works were more complete. In Lesley Castle, Charlotte's preoccupations with cooking wedding feasts and then disposing of them as well as her usage of random Italian words when applauding her sister's piano-playing were hilarious and I would have liked to read more of it. The Three Sisters would have been a promising story as well. I didn't like Catharine, or the Bower as much as the others but I would have liked to know how it ends: despite James Edward Austen's addition, it feels decidedly incomplete. A History of England was interesting in that it showed that Ms. Austen was capable of writing beyond the insular, social romances that she is best known for. And it was fun to discover what might be early drafts of characters and storylines in A Collection of Letters.This book makes me wonder what Ms. Austen might have written had she lived longer. Despite the differences I had with her writing in the past, I'm sure that they would have been worth reading.

  • tortoise dreams
    2018-11-27 11:36

    A collection of Jane Austen's work written when she was around 14 to 17 or so, but not published until long after her death.Book Review: Love and Freindship (yes, that's the correct title) is not the acclaimed 2016 film by Whit Stillman; that movie is based on Austen's early novella, Lady Susan. This book contains four examples of Austen's juvenilia, including her "History of England." These stories are not lengthy, complete, or overtly similar to her later works (and her spelling needs work). What they are is clever, precocious, and laugh out loud funny. She has a wonderful sense of humor and the stories both entertain and amuse. The humor in Love and Freindship is much broader and more obvious than the scalpel skills and satire of her later work, but these stories too teem with parody, irony, and wit. That Austen's writing was so developed at such a young age surprised and amazed me, and the stories seem oddly modern (as her novels do not). For Austenites they also contain a number of hints, clues, and foreshadowings of her later novels, and are intriguing for that alone. The stories in Love and Freindship (that is so hard to misspell!) are not necessary for anyone except Austen completists, but they are certainly enjoyable and in no way a waste of the reader's time. My only complaint in that this 94 page book is too short, and there's plenty of space for more of Austen's juvenilia. In fact, I wonder if this edition is a truncated version of a longer work. In any event, this short book wonderfully augments and complements the Jane Austen creations we know and love. [3★]

  • Serena
    2018-11-19 12:09

    Love and Freindship by Jane Austen is among her earliest stories written for her family’s entertainment, and she’s said to have written it sometime between ages 14 and 17. Yes, it is complete with misspellings in the title and throughout the short story, which unfolds in letters mostly from Laura to Marianne. Laura tells a tale of misfortune and love to an apparently young and impressionable Marianne, her friend Isabel’s daughter.The story begins with a plea from Isabel to Laura to discuss her misfortunes with Marianne, perhaps as a way to warn Isabel’s daughter away from similar hassles and heartache. It is clear that Laura and Isabel’s relationship has been long given the frankness of the letters, which in some instances clearly illustrate flaws they find in one another. In a letter from Isabel to Laura, “Surely that time is now at hand. You are this day fifty-five. If a woman may ever be said to be in safety from the determined Perseverance of disagreable Lovers and the cruel Persecutions of obstinate Fathers, surely it must be at such a time of Life.” (page 3)Read the full review of Love & Freindship: http://savvyverseandwit.com/2010/12/l...Read the review of Lesley Castle: http://savvyverseandwit.com/2010/12/l...Read the review of The History of England: http://savvyverseandwit.com/2010/12/t...

  • Wayne
    2018-11-19 13:08

    Chapter 4 in "Becoming Jane Austen" titled "The Good Apprentice" does an amazing analysis of JA's Juvenilia, all written between the ages of roughly 12 and 18 ie. the years 1787 and 1793.I decided I had better reread all this to fully understand said Chapter 4 ...and it is absolutely hilarious!!!I am having a ball and can't put it down. Very burlesque, outrageous, ruthless.So many echoes of what she WAS to write. Fascinating.A must for any JA fan in its own right, I'd say.Very short pieces, unfinished pieces, completed pieces...a treasure trove and very enlightening.The last of the Juvenilia are becoming longer, more like a novel and more serious in intent. The burlesque is being discarded and the humour more finely honed and placed for effect. Jane is taking up a position vis a vis society. She has something to say!!!!One essential factor in the production of ALL her writing was her family, its culture of humour, observation, open discussion and a certain hard edge. The family welcomed Jane's written offerings, probably seeing its own culture reflected back to it. This culture and its nourishment of one of its youngest member's written interpretation of it, gave rise to an Absolute Asset to their nation's Literature and finally to World Lit.Unfortunately, reflecting somewhat the position of women, it is seemingly labelled: Ladies Only.You have only to look at how many men are on this site!!!!

  • Judith
    2018-12-02 10:16

    This is a collection of some of Jane Austen's youthful writings (before she was 17 years old).They are not as "polished" as her later novels, but they're witty and satirical and critical in a way that is different to her published works, when she finetuned and sometimes toned down social commentary.The early writings are very interesting to read, they let you see where Jane Austen started and came from and it's amazing to see how much she already perceived in her teens, how well she expressed herself. If you want to immerse yourself into Jane Austen's world and life, then this is for you. If you prefer the "romantic" Austen (aka what has come round in most film and movie adaptations) where you can blend out social commentary, then I'd go with her "classic" novels, which she wrote as an adult.