By Jane West,Devoney Looser
One of the preferred and prolific authors of her time, Jane West (1758-1852) loved her maximum luck with A Gossip's tale, and A mythical Tale (1796), one of many best-selling novels of its period. but as well as its value as a misplaced vintage via a ignored lady author, A Gossip's Story has lengthy been well-known by means of students as a probable impression on Jane Austen's celebrated novel Sense and Sensibility (1811).
West's wryly funny cautionary story - with its issues of courtship and love, cash and romance, filial piety and monetary break - facilities on very diverse sisters. the place Louisa proves herself to be rational and whole of fine experience, Marianne is pushed through her feelings and romantic idealism, and their tendencies cause them to starkly various fates.
This first-ever annotated variation of West's novel comprises the unabridged textual content of the unique two-volume version, together with facsimile reproductions of its identify pages, including a brand new scholarly creation which argues that "whether anchored to Austen's Sense and Sensibility, learn by itself, or learn as a part of West's monstrous and principally unstudied oeuvre, A Gossip's Story merits reassessment. With the ebook of this variation, West's fiction may possibly regain - deservedly - a few of its former prominence."
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