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The Unexpected Legacy: A Novel

 

Author

Rachel Hunter
 
 

Title

The Unexpected Legacy: A Novel

Place

London and Norwich

Publisher

Longman,Rees;Robberds

Printer

Taylor

Date

1804

Edition

First

Volumes

2

 

Description

12mo. Contemporary blue black half morocco, blue paper boards, spine gilt ruled and lettered.

An interesting Minerva Press novelist. Jane Austen knew her work, and laughed at it. After reading 'a most tiresome novel in eight volumes by a Mrs. Hunter, containing a story within a story, and in which the heroine was always in floods of tears,' Austen wrote a mock thank-you letter to her niece, Anna, in the style of Mrs Hunter. But. Hunter has since found more appreciative critics, and she is now considered noteworthy for her 'ingenious role-playing, critical prefaces and for entering as author among her characters' (Blain, p. 553). In the splendid facetious preface to The Unexpected Legacy, the fictitious author, Mrs Sedley, who also plays a leading role in the plot, has to defend novels from an eloquent attack by her male friend.

 

Summary

The Unexpected Legacy : Volume I   

 
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