In Search of Jane Austen: The Language of the Letters.
The first detailed sociolinguistic account of Austen's letters. In her letters, especially those to her sister, we come closest to hearing her natural speech. The author's study reveals much about Austen's use of language, and also some surprises, such as dating The Watsons. More of this type of work will surely follow. OUP. Hb, Dj. List $65. NEW. $60.00