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The extreme autonomy which comedy had acquired by the mid-fifth century both reflected and required a buoyant Athenian culture to sustain it. The same is broadly true of comedys satirical freedom, which gave it a special privilege to lampoon and denigrate even the most prominent of citizens, including not only leading politicians such as Perikles and Kleon but also the citys major military officers, the generals, during their tenure of office. The third stance sometimes assumed in the parabasisas Peace ff. Oscar Mondadori Leggere i classici. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Otherwise, works such as Knights, with its dense texture of contemporary political allegory, or Wasps, with its detailed references to and travesty of the Athenian judicial system, would not have been preserved and copied.
We are grateful to the librarians at those institutions, especially Jane Thomas at Belmont. Deirdre Le Faye, Jane Austen's latest biographer, has put herself out to give us assistance and advice, and we want to thank her here. The adventures of Mr Harley A Collection of Letters They represent her earliest surviving works, written for an audience composed of her family and a few close friends.
The surviving verses with one exception, all are 'light verse' were occasional pieces, some of which enjoyed a wider circulation than the prose contents of the notebooks. Most of the surviving verses are of a later date than the notebooks' mock-novels. Jane Austen never, it appears, truly aspired to be a poet, and prose fiction always had first lien on her literary energies. The author was born in , on 16 December, a 'natal day' later to be sorrowfully commemorated in one of her poems as the anniversary of the death of her close friend Anne Lefroy see pp.
The Austens lived unostentatiously in the old-fashioned Rectory; they had not much of the world's wealth, but they had enough to live like gentlefolk. They were not themselves, however, landed gentry, although they were related to members of that important class. Jane Austen's father and all but one of her brothers were men who had to make a living in one of the professions.
They had no estate, no rent-roll or tenants. Through her mother's family, the Leighs, Jane Austen had gentle and even aristocratic connections, but the immediate Austen family had to depend on education and industry as well as upon all possible connections for advancement.
A distant cousin, Mr Thomas Knight, had been sufficiently rich and influential to help his kinsman to the living of Steventon, but his son was to do even more for the family. In the s Thomas Knight's son another Thomas and daughter-in-law succeeded to the ownership. This wealthy couple eventually adopted Edward; the date of formal adoption is not certain but it could not have been before Little Edward had, however, been a welcome visitor in their house in his earlier childhood, as his brother Henry recollected in response to Caroline Austen's questioning:.
But after this, the Summer Holidays, at the least were spent with the Knights, he being still left to his father's tuition.
Uncle Henry could not say when it was announced in the family that one son was adopted elsewhere--it was, in time, understood to be. Edward himself added to the Knight family fortunes by marrying in Elizabeth Bridges, daughter of Sir Brook Bridges, a wealthy country gentleman. In Edward came into full possession of the estate. Godmersham Park was the abode of wealth and elegance, of true gentility combined with some luxury.
Cassandra and Jane visited Edward and Elizabeth at Godmersham, usually alternately, as one or the other had to act as companion and caretaker in the parental home. It is of course fortunate for us that they did not visit together, for the letters written by Jane Austen to or from Godmersham give us very clear ideas of the daily patterns of life at home, and on Edward's estate, and the differences between them.
The story of Edward offered to the young Jane Austen a striking example of the caprices of fortune. There is something fairy-tale-like in the way one child among the eight Austen children was exalted into wealth and status, like a princeling in disguise reclaimed by his true parents. Edward was not even the oldest son.
His sober, responsible brother James, the oldest child, was to be educated at Oxford for the clerical life he was expected to follow. James's life was virtuous but not magical. At the other end of the family scale of luck was poor young George Austen, the unknown child, who appears to have been mentally deficient or physically handicapped in some fashion; his life is still a mystery, but we know that he was boarded out and did not live with the family.
They were not sent to a boarding-school, but to the rigours of life as a midshipman. They had to seek their fortunes on literally dangerous waters, during the wars with France, which continued through the later s until the final defeat of Napoleon in When in 'The History of England' Jane Austen compliments her brother by comparing him with Sir Francis Drake, who 'will be equalled in this or the next Century by one who tho' now but young, already promises to answer all the ardent and sanguine expectations of his Relations and Freinds' p.
The compliment on his condition and prospects serves as an encouragement, but she must have guessed that he was sometimes miserably homesick. We have glimpses of the tastes and manners of various Austen children through Jane Austen's dedication of these.
George Austen died in at the age of Frank gets not only 'The Adventures of Mr. Harley' about another hero who goes to sea but also the highly literary 'Jack and Alice'. The oldest son, James, who is interested in drama and tries to write plays himself, is the dedicatee of 'The Visit', the extremely short 'comedy in 2 acts'.
The elder sister Cassandra is the recipient not only of 'The Beautifull Cassandra' but also of 'The History of England' in which she was a joint labourer, supplying the illustrations. Jane Austen was living at home during the time she wrote the material in the notebooks, entitled by her Volume the First, Volume the Second, Volume the Third. She was to remain at home, save for brief visits, for the rest of her life, although 'home' was to change. Home ceased to be at Steventon, and became Bath to Jane Austen's dismay upon her father's retirement in After her father's death in , when she and her mother were in straitened circumstances, home became lodgings in Southampton, and then a little house in Chawton, in Hampshire, supplied by the now wealthy Edward.
Jane Austen did not, however, remain at home quite all of her existence, although her only excursions 'into the world' and away from her family were early ventures into school life. In , about the time when Edward's adoption was becoming formalized, as we know from the group silhouette made at the time depicting Edward's father presenting Edward to Mr and Mrs Knight , Jane Austen was 8 years old.
She and her elder and only sister Cassandra were sent to Oxford, to the governance of Mrs Cawley, widow of a former principal of Brasenose College. It is strange to think of the child Jane Austen among the silver-grey pinnacles and dreaming spires and hard-drinking undergraduates of Oxford of that time. Mrs Cawley was a connection of the Austen parents who certainly seem, even for the time, remarkably reluctant to venture outside the ties of family.
She was the sister-in-law of Mrs Austen's own sister; presumably the family were trying to help this newly impoverished gentlewoman to support herself in something like the manner to which she had been accustomed. Leigh, sent her own daughter, another little Jane, to be cared for and educated by Mrs Cawley.
Mrs Cawley, a very formal and old-fashioned lady, was not loved by any of the children.