Jane Austen's Charlotte
Her Fragment of A Last Novel, Completed
Baker & Taylor
Charlotte Heywood, a young woman from the country, encounters a sophisticated, if cynical, world in the rapidly developing resort town of Sanditon.
Shortly before she died, Jane Austen started working on a new novel. Never finished, it was bequeathed to her favorite niece and remained unknown until 1871, when her nephew referred to it in his Memoir of Jane Austen. While her nephew did not consider it worthy of publishing, novelist and critic E.M. Forester firmly disagreed stating that the work would undoubtedly throw light on the last phase of the great novelist if published. There have been a few attempts to complete this work, but non have captured the true magic of an Austin novel until now. Julia Barrett has emerged with this literary treasure, holding true to the characters and themes designed by Ms. Austen.
Shortly before she died, Jane Austen started work on a new novel she called The Brothers . Austen's family dubbed the unfinished work Sanditon , for the English seaside town in which it was set. Barrett, author of the Austen continuations The Third Sister (a sequel to Sense and Sensibility ), and Presumption (a sequel to Pride and Prejudice ), calls this continuation Jane Austen's Charlotte , using the charming and witty young Charlotte Heywood to tell the story of the Parker brothers and the town of Sanditon. Barrett has taught humanities and modern literature at the University of California-Los Angeles. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Blackwell North Amer
Freshly removed from her familiar, provincial environment and exposed to England at the cusp of the nineteenth century, Charlotte encounters the wondrous Parker family, a genteel clan of dreamers and idlers. Others include the feuding Denham siblings; the ailing, yet unconscionably busy Parker sisters; and the wryly observant Emmeline Turner, a lady of literary distinction, who is astonished to find herself solicited there by those who regard her as a representative of the "better circle of society."
The innocent but keen-witted Charlotte quickly finds herself rather deeply involved in this uproarious little town. She can't help but get swept up in the antics of the Parkers and Denhams, even while she is vexed and perplexed by the droll young Sidney Parker. But even the best efforts of this charming young lady may not be enough to save the budding resort town.
Completed by an author who has specialized in reconstituting Jane Austen's unfinished writings, this fragment of a novel begun before Austen's death finds final expression here, introducing a quirky cast of characters making their way in a countryside resort town.
New York : M. Evans and Co., c2000.
240 p. ; 24 cm.