Sanditon Background Information

Sanditon exists as a draft begun in January 1817 and abandoned on 18 March 1817. On 18 July Austen died. Except for Brian Southam's discussion in his Jane Austen's Literary Manuscripts and Chapman's work, there has been little scholarship upon Sanditon until recently. There are occasional very good essays in larger books or collections: Alistair Duckworth's closing chapter in his The Improvement of the Estate and Tony Tanner's final essay in his volume Jane Austen are worth looking at. Last year's meeting JASNA focused on Sanditon, and there are 20 very good essays on Sandition; see Persuasions, 9 (1997), pp. 60-243.

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