Jane Austen's Worthing: The Real Sandition by Antony Edmonds
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Head over to Austenprose for my review of Jane Austen's Worthing by Antony Edmonds. Besides the wealth of historical information about the town, the book contains one of best euphemisms for death that I've run across. James Shearsmith, writing of the death of James Ogle:
"Upon the death of Mr. Ogle [Warwick House] became the property of his brother James Ogle, Esq. a gentleman held in much estimation for his politeness and urbanity, but who did not long enjoy it, having recently been destined to share the lot incidental to our mortal nature."
In addition to our lovely Jane, there are documented guest appearances in Worthing by the "mad, bad, and dangerous to know" Lord Byron and the slightly less dangerous poet Percy Shelley. Much later in the century Oscar Wilde also visited Worthing, but that's another story for another day.
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