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BBC News – Jane Austen’s style might not be hers, academic claims

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The elegant writing style of novelist Jane Austen may have been the work of her editor, an academic has claimed. Professor Kathryn Sutherland of Oxford University reached her conclusion while studying 1,100 original handwritten pages of Austen’s unpublished writings. The manuscripts, she states, feature blots, crossing outs and “a powerful counter-grammatical way of writing”. She adds: “The polished punctuation and epigrammatic style we see in Emma and Persuasion is simply not there.” Professor Sutherland of the Faculty of English Language and Literature claims her findings refute the notion of Austen as “a perfect stylist”. It suggests, she continues, that someone else was “heavily involved” in the editing process.

via BBC News – Jane Austen’s style might not be hers, academic claims.

Strange Random Jane Austen Quote:

Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.

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