October 21, 2021

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Jane Austen relatives backlink to abolition motion arrives to gentle

Los Angeles — Although Jane Austen admirers savor the wit and romance of “Pride and Prejudice” and her other enduring novels, scholars ferret out specifics of Austen’s daily life and occasions, which includes a household link to slavery that surfaced 50 years in the past.

The hard work to spot the writer in the social and political context of her working day has yielded a new and contrasting discovery: A favourite brother was section of the 19th-century abolition movement.

Devoney Looser, an Arizona State College professor and author of “The Creating of Jane Austen,” unearthed the Rev. Henry Thomas Austen’s attendance at the 1840 Environment Anti-Slavery Convention in London, which drew some 500 delegates.

“I was surprised to discover that fact,” Looser claimed in an job interview. She initial specific her research in an essay for The Moments Literary Complement.

“The family’s commitments and steps transformed profoundly, from recognized complicity in colonial slavery to previously unnoticed anti-slavery activism,” Looser wrote. “Henry grew to become a up coming-technology Austen publicly supporting a political dedication to abolish slavery across the world.”