Posted on 08/08/2019 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Poor Jane Austen.
Many writers don’t receive their fair share of fame during the life — only after their deaths — but Austen has been especially shorted in that regard.
The Bank of England recently published documents showing how little she earned from her novels; Jezebel shared some of the findings, originally posted in the Financial Times.
According to these papers, Mansfield Park, which sold out of its first printing in six months, only netted Austen £310; Sense and Sensibility brought in just £140.
In comparison, her contemporary Maria Edgeworth earned £2,100 for her novel Patronage ... and when was the last time you met an avid Edgeworth fan or watched yet another film version of Patronage?