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Jane Austen and the Navy - Brian Southam

Hambledon & London, 2000, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Slight crease to the dust wrapper toward the foot of the spine otherwise a very well presented copy.

Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Two of Jane Austen's brothers served in Nelson's Navy and later became admirals. Francis Austen, on board the Canopus, narrowly missed the battle of Trafalgar; Charles Austen in Endymion captured numerous small prizes. It is not surprising that the Austen family, including Jane, took a deep personal interest in naval affairs. Apart from the church, the Navy was the profession which she knew and admired most. Her novels reflect this. Mansfield Park includes a vivid portrait of life in Portsmouth, the estimable midshipman William Price and the less attractive Admiral Crawford; Persuasion presents her most extended account of naval officers and attitudes, from the redoubtable Admiral Croft to Captain Wentworth himself. ‘Jane Austen and the Navy’, based upon family papers and naval records, shows the novelist as a historian of Nelson's Navy — not the Navy of great victories at sea but the Navy at home, and of sailors amongst their families and friends — but it is set against the background of war, with Revolutionary and Napoleonic France, fought across the globe between 1793 and 1815.”
Size: 9½" x 6¼"
Number of Pages: 384
ISBN: 1852852917

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