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 importance as a misplaced vintage by means of a missed girl author, A Gossip's Story has lengthy been famous 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, funds and romance, filial piety and monetary wreck - facilities on very diverse sisters. the place Louisa proves herself to be rational and whole of fine experience, Marianne is pushed by means of her feelings and romantic idealism, and their tendencies make them starkly varied fates.
This first-ever annotated variation of West's novel contains the unabridged textual content of the unique two-volume variation, 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 mammoth and principally unstudied oeuvre, A Gossip's Story merits reassessment. With the e-book of this version, West's fiction could regain - deservedly - a few of its former prominence."
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