Edward Bond once wrote, “I write about violence as naturally as Jane Austen does about manners”. Bond may be surprised to know that Austen was interested in violence and began her writing career pushing at the boundaries of what was acceptable and tasteful in literary fiction. As Kathryn Sutherland writes in her introduction to a splendid new edition of the “juvenilia”: “Jane Austen’s earliest writings are violent, restless, anarchic and exuberantly expressionistic. Drunkenness, female brawling, sexual misdemeanour and murder run riot across their pages”.Perhaps it's too bad she grew up! A sad fate for many of us, it could be.
For our Austen Fans
I know we have several! I am not among them, although it sounds like this might be a part of Austen's corpus I could really enjoy.
By Grim on Wednesday, March 04, 2015