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Two of Jane Austen’s brother served in Nelson’s navy and later became admirals. Francis Austen, on board the Canopus, narrowly missed the battle of Trafalgar; Charles Austen in Endymion captured numerous small prizes. It is not surprising that that the Austen family, including Jane, took a deep personal interest in naval affairs. Apart from the church, the navy was the profession which she knew and admired most. Her novels reflected this: Mansfield Park includes a portrait of life in Portsmouth, the estimable midshipman William Price and the less attractive Admiral Crawford; Persuasion presents her most extended account of naval officers and attitudes, from the redoubtable Admiral Croft to Captain Wentworth himself. Jane Austen and the Navy demonstrates clearly the importance of the navy both in Jane Austen’s life and her novels.
"She was convinced of sailors having more worth and warmth than any other set of men in England; that they only knew how to live, and they only deserved to be respected and loved!"--Jane Austen, Persuasion
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Book Description Hambledon and London first edition, 2000. Based on family papers and navel records, the book presents Jane Austen's knowledge & relationship with Nelson's Navy in fiction, alongside an historical account of late 18th & early 19th century English naval history in general, and the naval histories of Austen's brothers, Francis & Charles. First edition. Hardback book, p.384, illustrated. There is a neat owner inscription & date on front end paper, o/wise book in VG+ condition, complete with dustjacket, not price clipped, in near fine condition; a nice copy. Seller Inventory # 6061
Book Description CONTI, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. writing in front cover. Seller Inventory # 9781852852917
Book Description Hambledon & London, 2003. Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Seller Inventory # 1852852917-2-4
Book Description Hambledon & London, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Seller Inventory # P021852852917
Book Description Hambledon & London, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG1852852917