Date of Award
Master of Arts
There is . . . a prominent use of letters within the novels of Jane Austen. It has been shown that she wao influenced by Samuel Richardson and Fanny Burney and that she had a long experimental period of almost exclusive use of the epistolary method. It is from their influence and from her experimentation that the six major novels evolved; this supreme achievement was to give their creator a prominent place in the history of the English novel. No one factor can be cited as Miss Austen 's outstanding contribution, for each novel is a synthesis of many superior qualities. The letters, however, so prominently and effectively used within the novels have been considered here as one substantial reason for her success.
Bender, Barbara Tavss, "Jane Austen's use of the epistolary method" (1967). Master's Theses. 258.