Three Pamphlets on the Leigh-Perrot Trial: Why Austen Sent Susan to Crosby

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Margie Burns, Three Pamphlets on the Leigh-Perrot Trial: Why Austen Sent Susan to Crosby, Austen’s Life and Family, Volume 39, No. 1 Winter 2018, http://jasna.org/publications/persuasions-online/volume-39-no-1/three-pamphlets-on-the-leigh-perrot-trial-why-austen-sent-susan-to-crosby/

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As devotees of Jane Austen’s novels may know, Austen submitted the manuscript that became Northanger Abbey to a publisher in 1803, long before it was finally published, posthumously, with Persuasion. The novel at that time was titled Susan, and the publisher she sent it to, Benjamin Crosby, accepted it—but then sat on it until Austen was able to buy it back in 1816.