Today is Jane Austen's birthday--she's 133! Any time I get asked my favorite author, I always think, well I like so-and-so now, but will I like her/him in 10 years? 50 years? In most cases the answer is probably no, but I'm certain that should I live to be 105, I'll still love Jane Austen.
Here's some interesting biographical info courtesy of my daily The Writer's Almanac e-mail:
It's the birthday of Jane Austen, (books by this author) born in Hampshire, England (1775).
Jane Austen published her books anonymously; the byline stated that the book was by "a Lady." Not many people read her books while she was alive, though she had a small, devoted readership. She died in 1817.
Five decades later, her nephew published A Memoir of Jane Austen (1869), which generated widespread interest in his aunt and led to the reprinting of her novels. It touched off a sort of mania for Jane Austen in the 1880s, known as "Austenolatry."
But it wasn't until the 1940s -- more than 100 years after she died -- that Austen's work became the focus of substantial academic scholarship. Austen is now standard reading on high school and college curricula.
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