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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most amusing pieces in English Literature, 4 Mar. 1998
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Jane Austen may be best known for her biting and sarcastic wit, her compassion for her characters, and her understanding of the truth of their lives and situations. But this short piece of juvenilia combines all of her mature insight with the confidence, humour, and unmitigated self-satisfaction of a younger and more whimsical Austen. Definitely not to be overlooked in favour of her more serious work, this book will take merely minutes to read but leave you with astoundingly funny comments to treasure and smile over for years to come. It is Jane Austen at her very best: uninhibited, cruel, funny and ultimately self-deprecating. She knows what she is doing and does it with consumate skill. A must read for any Austen fan or anyone with a sense of humour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND ACCORDING TO JANE AUSTEN, 5 Sept. 2013
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This tiny book is indeed the History of England by a partial, prejudiced and ignorant historian. When however the historian is the young Jane Austen, this simplified British history is pure delight. Fifteen year old Jane Austen, with her characteristic wit, wrote mini biographies of the Kings and Queens of England from Henry the 4th to Charles the 1st. The 'Historian' of course warns the reader that she is prejudiced and ignorant, so one should not be surprised by the lack of dates, evidence, or the passion with which she defends her favorite monarchs and condemns their enemies. The book is illustrated by her sister Cassandra Austen, whose little portraits of British monarchs are very amusing.

I loved this book as it shows traces of Austen's future literary greatness, but also because it shows the fun ways the Austen family entertained each other and encouraged their children's talents.
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