Apr. 7th, 2016

lblanchard: (swannfountain)
[This is an occasional series of postings inspired by Abigail Rorer, Mimpish Squinnies: Reginald Farrer's Short Guide to Worthless Plants. Rorer's book includes prints of fourteen plants Farrer considered worthless-- an interesting hybrid of botanically accurate and...different.]

Reginald Farrer in oriental robes"In an effort to avoid the sentimental image of the 'Aunt Jane' tradition and approach Austen's fiction from a fresh perspective, in 1917 British intellectual and travel writer Reginald Farrer published a lengthy essay in the Quarterly Review which Austen scholar A. Walton Litz calls the best single introduction to her fiction. Southam describes it as a 'Janeite' piece without the worship. Farrer denied that Austen's artistry was unconscious (contradicting James) and described her as a writer of intense concentration and a severe critic of her society, 'radiant and remorseless', 'dispassionate yet pitiless', with 'the steely quality, the incurable rigor of her judgment'. Farrer was one of the first critics who viewed Austen as a subversive writer."

--Wikipedia entry on Reception History of Jane Austen
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reception_history_of_Jane_Austen

And I found a copy for sale! And I bought it! And when I get it, I will scan it, create a pdf, and put it on the internet so everyone can read it.

Farrer was known for traveling into the wilds of China, Tibet, Burma, etc. with the collected works of Jane Austen in his gear.

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