Jane Austen’s unfinished manuscript goes up for auction

Jacket Copy – “Jane Austen’s novels are so beloved that her fans debate which is best. “Emma” or “Pride and Prejudice”? “Sense and Sensibility” or “Persuasion,” or the underappreciated “Mansfield Park” or “Northanger Abbey”? Seldom does anyone stand up for “The Watsons.” “The Watsons” is not just overlooked: It’s unpublished. It was begun, then abandoned, by Austen in 1804, after she’d drafted “Sense and Sensibility” but seven years before its publication. Austen got about one-fourth of the way through the manuscript of “The Watsons” before abandoning the manuscript.”

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