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Jane Austen - The Early Years (Prof. Freya Johnston)

Sunday 22 3.00pmOctober


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Jane Austen - The Early Years (Prof. Freya Johnston)


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We are delighted that Professor Freya Johnston, Director of Graduate Studies at Oxford University’s English Faculty, will be visiting Bembridge to talk about Jane Austen's earlier works. This forms part of our season commemorating 200 years since Jane Austen died. Prof. Johnson has just co-edited the recently released anthology 'Jane Austen - Teenage Writings' for Oxford University Press.

By around 1787, the time that she left school, Jane Austen was already an avid reader, devouring pulp fiction and classic literature alike. What she read, she soon began to imitate and parody. Themes which appear subtly in Austen’s later fiction run riot openly and exuberantly across these pages – drunkenness, brawling, sexual misdemeanour, theft, and even murder are all here. Please join Prof. Johnston as she explores the three surviving notebooks from the author’s teenage years, in this, Austen’s bicentenary year.

The talk will be followed by full afternoon tea prepared by the Ryde Lions, included within the ticket price.

Tickets are £10 including afternoon tea and must be pre-booked. Please book early by calling Judith on 875738 or emailing [email protected].