Sunday, 21 August 2011

Jane Austen Quote of the Week 164

This week's quote is from "Jane Austen's Brother Abroad" edited by Jon Spence and in Jon's honor. It is from Jon's introduction where he says:

I have implied here that the Jane Austen Society of Australia has decided to publish Edward's journals because he was Jane Austen's brother and assumed that admirers of Jane Austen would be curious to know more about him. In annotating the journals this assumption has been my guide; Historians and social historians might find interest in who Edward met, what he ate, where he stayed, how he travelled; art historians in what works of art he saw (and liked) and where he saw them; scholars with a special interest in the Grand tour in all the details of his time abroad; economists in what he paid.

And Jon was quite correct. We are interested in all those things. That is a very good reason to be grateful for all his editing work to get the Grand Tour published. Thank you dear Jon.

Linda the Librarian

Pic: Edward Austen Knight, from Jane Austen's World

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