Sorry. I really should stop laughing… but… *wheeeeeeeze* …. I just cant……
Its big news that Jane Austen was a bad speller?
After years of wondering what the intensely private woman guarded by an intensely devoted sister determined to keep Janes reputation pure was really like, after years of hoping for a glimpse behind the curtain so to speak, this is what you share with us?
Kathryn Sutherland, an English professor at Oxford University, examined 1,100 handwritten pages of unpublished works by the writer of Pride and Prejudice, who died in 1817. She says the manuscripts have plenty of “blots, crossings out, messiness,” and that Austen “broke most of the rules for writing good English.” www.cbc.ca
She had blots, crossings out and messiness? Incomprehensible.
For a writer creating a story with nothing more than the words in her head. Writing with a pot of ink and a feather, on cheap, poorly produced paper, without the aid of a first class education. Its big news that when her brother Henry wrote glowing reports of her writing abilities after she died… he might have been fudging the truth a little? Really?
It’s just so hard to imagine how someone with no spelling ability could write such incredible stories and spur on 100’s of other people (myself included) to write stories based however loosely from her ideas….. Thank goodness for editors like William Gifford is all I can say. Imagine life in a world without Jane Austen.
Look here for the website for the Jane Austen Fiction Manuscripts that reveals to the world the real workings of a writer before the advent of computers and typing programs…. it really is fascinating to the Austen fan.