Fess up, what's your favorite Austen novel? Mine is P&P - of course. Least favorite is Mansfield Park because Fanny is such a ninny. I plan to read Northanger Abbey as soon as I finish reading Jane Eyre for the 100th time. Austen is amazing but Charlotte Bronte is just...perfect.
It's the birthday of Jane Austen, born in Hampshire, England (1775). She 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 among her small devoted readership, her novels were highly esteemed. She died in 1817. Five decades later, in 1869, her nephew published A Memoir of Jane Austen, and his book spawned widespread interest in Austen, which led to the reprinting of her novels. It also touched off a sort of mania for Austen in the 1880s, known as "Austenolatry." It wasn't until the 1940s — more than 100 years after she had died — that Austen's work became the focus of large volumes of academic scholarship.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I couldn't let Jane Austen's birthday pass unnoted. Here's some info on the lovely genius herself, courtesy of The Writer's Almanac: