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Austen (Jane).- [Hayley (William)] A Philosophical, Historical, and Moral Essay on Old Maids, 3 vol., first edition, lacking half-titles, 19th century half calf, rubbed, spines worn, 8vo, for T. Cadell, 1785.

⁂ Devoney Looser, Women Writers and Old Age in Great Britain, 1750-1850, 2008.

"It is unclear if Jane Austen read Hayley's Essay on Old Maids. She certainly knew his other writings, as she owned six volumes of his Poems and Plays, which she inscribed in 1791...Recent scholars have begun to link - however elliptically - Austen's novels to Hayley's Essay."

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Austen (Jane).- [Hayley (William)] A Philosophical, Historical, and Moral Essay on Old Maids, 3 vol., first edition, lacking half-titles, 19th century half calf, rubbed, spines worn, 8vo, for T. Cadell, 1785.

⁂ Devoney Looser, Women Writers and Old Age in Great Britain, 1750-1850, 2008.

"It is unclear if Jane Austen read Hayley's Essay on Old Maids. She certainly knew his other writings, as she owned six volumes of his Poems and Plays, which she inscribed in 1791...Recent scholars have begun to link - however elliptically - Austen's novels to Hayley's Essay."

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