By Jane West,Devoney Looser
One of the preferred and prolific authors of her time, Jane West (1758-1852) loved her maximum good fortune 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 through a missed girl author, A Gossip's Story has lengthy been famous by way of students as a possible 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 fiscal smash - facilities on very diversified sisters. the place Louisa proves herself to be rational and whole of excellent experience, Marianne is pushed by means of her feelings and romantic idealism, and their tendencies cause them to starkly assorted fates.
This first-ever annotated variation of West's novel contains the unabridged textual content of the unique two-volume version, together with facsimile reproductions of its name 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 big and principally unstudied oeuvre, A Gossip's Story merits reassessment. With the ebook of this version, West's fiction may possibly regain - deservedly - a few of its former prominence."
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