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Bath Novel A~nnotations to the Text: The Amiable Cassandra, ‘Classic Companion II’

To expand and enlighten you fair understanding of The Amiable Cassandra, pray peruse our Lady’s notes.


The Amiable Cassandra, ‘Classic Companion II’ of The Bath Novels of Lady A~

A~ World Created!

In order to create a full ‘world view’ of an era where language, customs, location and employment are relatively unfamiliar to a modern audience of readers, I have endeavored to supply as much information as is materially useful. Given that so much referencing was required to piece the complex puzzle of Jane Austen’s extraordinary life and art together into a work of historical fiction, I have also taken care to properly acknowledge all of the invaluable sources from which I gleaned valuable information. In doing so I would like to especially acknowledge Claire Tomalin’s exquisite biography: Jane Austen: A Life. I highly recommend that readers acquaint themselves with this exceptional book and its many fascinating details, in order to fully appreciate the intrinsic treasures accordingly afforded to this quirk-work of fiction. Additionally, I would like to point out that many of the well-documented, widely known facts pertaining to Jane Austen’s life, connections, and work, have been generally applied to the fabric of this text without specific reference, in order to avoid over-annotating and, hence, overwhelming the reader. The following abbreviations are adopted for the works cited in the explanatory notes:

‘Relative’ Opinions

  • ‘Biographical Notice’: Henry Austen, ‘Biographical Notice’, Persuasion with A Memoir of Jane Austen, ed. D. W. Harding (London: Penguin Books, 1988).
  • Memoir: James Edward Austen-Leigh, ‘A Memoir’, Persuasion with A Memoir of Jane Austen, ed. D. W. Harding(London: Penguin Books, 1988).

The ‘Sacred Six & Other Writings of the Lady

  • Catharine and Other Writings: Jane Austen, Catharine and Other Writings, ed. Margaret Anne Doody and Douglas Murray (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998).
  • Emma: Jane Austen, Emma, ed. Fiona Stafford (London: Penguin Books, 1996).
  • Emma [2]: Jane Austen, Emma (New York: Signet, 1996).
  • Lady Susan/The Watsons/Sanditon: Jane Austen, Lady Susan/The Watsons/Sanditon, ed. Margaret Drabble(London: Penguin Books, 1974).
  • Love and Freindship: Jane Austen, Love and Freindship and other writings, selected by Janet Todd (London: Phoenix, 1998).
  • Mansfield Park: Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, ed. Kathryn Sutherland (London: Penguin Books, 1996).
  • Northanger Abbey: Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey, ed. Marilyn Butler (London: Penguin Books, 1995).
  • Northanger Abbey [2]: Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey, ed. Anne Henry Ehrenpreis (London: Penguin Books, 1985).
  • Persuasion: Jane Austen, Persuasion with A Memoir of Jane Austen, ed. D. W. Harding(London: Penguin Books, 1988).
  • Persuasion [1]: Jane Austen, Persuasion, ed. Gillian Beer (London: Penguin Books, 2003).
  • Persuasion [2]: Jane Austen, Persuasion, introduction and notes, Dr. W.A. Craik (London: Pan Books, 1975).
  • Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, ed. Vivien Jones (London: Penguin Books, 1996).
  • Sense and Sensibility: Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, ed. Ros Ballaster (London: Penguin Books, 1995).

Best Biography

  • Jane Austen: A Life: Claire Tomalin, Jane Austen: A Life (London: Penguin Books, 1998).
  • Jane Austen and Her World: M. Laski, Jane Austen and Her World (London: Thames and Hudson, 1969).

Regency Reveal

  • The Regency: J. Richardson, The Regency (London: Collins, 1973).
  • Georgette Heyer’s Regency England: Theresa Chris, Georgette Heyer’s Regency England (London: Sidgwick, 1989).

Decorative Delights

  • Decorative Arts: The Oxford Companion to the Decorative Arts, ed. Harold Osborne (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1975).


  • Collins: The New Collins Concise Dictionary of the English Language (London: Collins, 1982).
  • Merriam-Webster: The Merriam-Webster Dictionary (Massachusetts: Merriam-Webster, 1997).
  • OED: The New Oxford Dictionary of English (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998).

Weave from the Worldly Web

  • Microsoft Encarta ’99: Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia 99 (Microsoft, 1993-1998).

The Bard in Bath

  • The Rivals: Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The Rivals, ed. John Hampden (London: J. M. Dent, 1963).
  • Sonnets: William Shakespeare, Sonnets and Poems (Edinburgh: Andersons Edinburgh, 1932).


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