Chapter 6. Young Jane Austen: Author

  1. Claudia L. Johnson Chair and
  2. Clara Tuite Senior Lecturer
  1. Juliet McMaster Professor

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch6

A Companion to Jane Austen

A Companion to Jane Austen

How to Cite

McMaster, J. (2009) Young Jane Austen: Author, in A Companion to Jane Austen (eds C. L. Johnson and C. Tuite), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch6

Editor Information

  1. University of Melbourne, Australia

Author Information

  1. Tate Britain, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 2 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405149099

Online ISBN: 9781444305968



  • Young Jane Austen – the author;
  • Austen's strategy in harvesting laughter from tragedy - places her among the best parodies in the language;
  • Laura and Augustus showing women of sensibility - victims of a mercenary code enforced by tyrannical fathers;
  • focus on the physical typical of the juvenilia, where bodies loom large, and desire unfettered;
  • Jane Austen considered Pride and Prejudicetoo light and bright and sparkling”


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Further Reading