Excerpt from A Portrait of Jane Austen - David Cecil
I have taken particular pains to set my subject in the context of the period in which she lived. My reason for this is that I come across critics who discuss her and her view of life and character as if they were those of a contemporary of their own. For as we should have learned both from social historians and from common observation, we are largely the creatures of the world we happen to have been born into and our outlook is conditioned by its assumptions and beliefs and...
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