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By Jane West,Devoney Looser

The eighteenth-century bestseller which could have encouraged Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility republished for the 1st time in a contemporary edition

One of the most well-liked and prolific authors of her time, Jane West (1758-1852) loved her maximum luck with A Gossip's tale, and A mythical Tale (1796), one of many best-selling novels of its period. but as well as its importance as a misplaced vintage via a overlooked girl author, A Gossip's Story has lengthy been famous via students as a possible impact on Jane Austen's celebrated novel Sense and Sensibility (1811).

West's wryly funny cautionary story - with its subject matters of courtship and love, funds and romance, filial piety and monetary damage - facilities on very diverse sisters. the place Louisa proves herself to be rational and whole of excellent experience, Marianne is pushed by way of her feelings and romantic idealism, and their inclinations make them starkly various fates.

This first-ever annotated version of West's novel contains the unabridged textual content of the unique two-volume version, together with facsimile reproductions of its identify 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 monstrous and mostly unstudied oeuvre, A Gossip's Story merits reassessment. With the book of this variation, West's fiction could regain - deservedly - a few of its former prominence."

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