We thought this link was so important we promoted it from Linkapalooza–it deserves its own post!
A website has been set up to provide digital versions of Jane Austen’s surviving manuscripts. The digitized items include Volume the First, Volume the Second, Volume the Third, Lady Susan, both extant versions of The Watsons, the “cancelled chapters” of Persuasion, Sanditon, and what they are calling “Notes” and “Opinions.”
We own facsimile editions of several of the manuscripts–the “cancelled chapters” was a gift, and we bought The History of England and Sanditon for ourself. They are so much fun to pore over (and sometimes not the easiest thing in the world to read). The draft manuscripts in particular are really interesting, because one can really see the way Austen worked and created her prose.
Do check out this site, it’s marvelous!