Jane Austen Manuscripts Online

I’m sure this has been around for a while, but I’ve only just come across it and needed to share it.

http://www.janeausten.ac.uk gathers together some 1100 pages of fiction written in Jane Austen’s own hand, in digital version. Not only do they provide a unique visual record of her imagination from her teenage experiments to her last unfinished writings, these pages represent one of the earliest collections of creative writings in the author’s hand to survive for a British novelist.

A lifetime fan of Austen’s works, I’ve actually had the opportunity to visit Jane Austen’s House Museum in Alton, UK a couple of years back and have admired originals of her writing drafts and personal correspondence, but the digital manuscript collection provides such a nice addition to the exhibits I’ve already seen, and has helped me form a fuller image of Austen’s life and creative process.

Jane Austen Manuscript

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