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Jane Austen's Sailor Brothers

Jane Austen's Sailor Brothers
Being the Adventures of Sir Francis Austen, G.C.B., Admiral of the Fleet and Rear-Admiral Charles Austen


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Naval and Military History

  • Date Published: June 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108047227

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  • Two of Jane Austen's brothers made successful careers in the Navy: Francis (1774–1865) rose to the rank of Admiral; Charles (1779–1852) to Rear-Admiral. Jane's naval heroes, most notably Captain Wentworth in Persuasion, as well as much of her knowledge of naval life and contemporary affairs during the Napoleonic Wars, owe much to the stories and letters of her brothers. Written by Francis Austen's grandson John Hubback and his daughter Edith, this double biography is informed by family tradition as well as research into contemporary documents. The Hubbacks, with their unique insight, suggest many family anecdotes and characteristics as possible sources for Jane's novels. Beyond its interest as a record of how her brothers' naval careers influenced her work, this book, first published in 1906, also remains of great interest to historians of the Navy in the first half of the nineteenth century.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108047227
    • length: 358 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 23 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Brothers and sisters
    2. Two midshipmen
    3. Changes and chances in the navy
    4. Promotions
    5. The Peterel sloop
    6. The patrol of the Mediterranean
    7. At home and abroad
    8. Blockading Boulogne
    9. The pursuit of Villeneuve
    10. 'A melancholy situation'
    11. St Domingo
    12. The Cape and St Helena
    13. Stars and stripes
    14. Chinese mandarins
    15. A letter from Jane
    16. Another letter from Jane
    17. The end of the war
    18. Two admirals

  • Authors

    John H. Hubback

    Edith C. Hubback

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