Jane Austen's Charlotte by Julia Barrett
Her Fragment of a Last Novel, Completed by Julia Barrett

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Shortly before she died, Jane Austen started working on a new novel. Never finished, it was bequeathed to her favorite niece and remained unknown until 1871, when her nephew referred to it in his Memoir of Jane Austen. While her nephew did not consider it worthy of publishing, novelist and critic E.M. Forester firmly disagreed stating that the work would undoubtedly throw light on the last phase of the great novelist if published. There have been a few attempts to complete this work, but non have captured the true magic of an Austin novel until now. Julia Barrett has emerged with this literary treasure, holding true to the characters and themes designed by Ms. Austen.
 

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Jane Austen's life is striking for the contrast between the great works she wrote in secret and the outward appearance of being quite dull and ordinary. Austen was born in the small English town of Steventon in Hampshire, and educated at home by her clergyman father. She was deeply devoted to her family. For a short time, the Austens lived in the resort city of Bath, but when her father died, they returned to Steventon, where Austen lived until her death at the age of 41. Austen was drawn to literature early, she began writing novels that satirized both the writers and the manners of the 1790's. Her sharp sense of humor and keen eye for the ridiculous in human behavior gave her works lasting appeal. She is at her best in such books as Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1816), in which she examines and often ridicules the behavior of small groups of middle-class characters. Austen relies heavily on conversations among her characters to reveal their personalities, and at times her novels read almost like plays. Several of them have, in fact, been made into films. She is considered to be one of the most beloved British authors.
 
Published February 7, 2013 by More Austen Media. 300 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Charlotte is amused by romantic, verse-quoting Sir Edward, Lady Debenham’s nephew and heir, but Edward himself is more taken with Clara, the Lady’s penniless prot‚g‚e.

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The author of two sequels to Jane Austen novels (The Third Sister and Presumption), Barrett now sets out to complete Austen's last book. When she died in 1817, Austen left behind 11 chapters of a nove

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The author of two previous Austen ''extensions'' called ''Presumption'' and ''The Third Sister,'' Barrett bills her present work as ''Jane Austen's 'Charlotte': Her Fragment of a Last Novel, Completed, by Julia Barrett.'' Many writers besides Barrett do work of this kind and have it published: by...

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The author of two sequels to Jane Austen novels (The Third Sister and Presumption), Barrett now sets out to complete Austen's last book.

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