“The Beautifull Cassandra” Illustrated



My idea for an illustrated version of “The Beautifull Cassandra,” one of Jane Austen’s early stories in Volume the First, was born at the 1987 conference in New York on the juvenilia. I had read the little story before, but it hadn’t really registered with me until I reread it for the conference. And then I was struck all of a heap by its charm and its cheek.


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  1. 2.
    One of the few attentive readings of “The Beautifull Cassandra” is provided by Ellen E. Martin, “The Madness of Jane Austen: Metonymic Style and Literature’s Resistance to Interpretation,” Persuasions, 9 (1987), pp. 79–30. More recently (and since I wrote this piece),Google Scholar
  2. Margaret Anne Doody and Douglas Murray provide commentary and annotation in their edition of Catharine and Other Writings (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993), pp. 303–4.Google Scholar
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    B.C. Southam, Jane Austen’s Literary Manuscripts (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1964), p. 16.Google Scholar
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    Quoted by David Waldron Smithers, “Jane Austen’s Visit to Kent,” Kent Companion, 3, June/August, 1988, p. 7.Google Scholar
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    Frances Burney, Cecilia (1782), ed. Peter Sabor and Margaret Anne Doody (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988), p. 890.Google Scholar
  6. 7.
    Stuart M. Tave, Some Words of Jane Austen (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1973), pp. 2–5.Google Scholar

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