The Old Vicarage
Catherine Anne Austen & Mrs. Hubback
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The Old Vicarage (1856)
The Old Vicarage, by Mrs. Hubback, is a novel of an interesting and thrilling character. A sound morality seems to pervade its narratives and conversations. - Scientific American, Volume 12, 1856
There has been a harvest of good novels this season and The Old Vicarage may hold up its head amongst the best. Those searching library catalogues may send for it without fear and disappointment. We advise our readers to get The Old Vicarage. – ATHENÆUM, 1856
Catherine Anne Austen (Mrs. Hubback) (1818-1877)
This lady is well-known and highly esteemed as a writer; for her novels are in themselves good, and they have additional interest as coming from the niece of Miss Austen. It is true that Miss Austen's works are as generally neglected as they are universally eulogized, and that, instead of reading them in private and condemning them in public, most people do not peruse them in the closet or anywhere else, and yet make a point of praising them in the drawing-room. Still it is not less the fact that her name and genius, though not popular, are generally approved, and that the consequences of this singular regard have been most beneficial to Mrs. Hubback in literature. Mrs. Hubback has been and promises to be the most prolific creator of novels, for we believe that The Younger Sister, The Wife's Sister, The Rival Suitors, The Old Vicarage, May and December, Malvern, Life and its Lessons, and Agnes Milbourne, are not all the fictions which have proceeded from her pen since the commencement of 1850. (Novels and novelists: from Elizabeth to Victoria by John Cordy Jeaffreson, 1858)