Posted on December 16, 2019 at 9:40 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

In honor of Jane Austen’s birthday, we have two recent posts on her significance to share.

Her modern-day fame is, of course, heavily reliant on Pride and Prejudice, whose opening line is among the most recognizable of all time.

BookRiot’s Alice Nuttall takes a deep dive into why it’s so powerful and why it has endured.

Also powerful and enduring: the idea that Austen fell into temporary obscurity between her death and the year that her nephew published a memoir about her.

Janine Barchas’s new work, The Lost Books of Jane Austen, describes how in fact Austen’s novels remained in circulation, albeit in cheap copies that have rarely survived.

You can learn more about the popular editions in the Guardian’s review of The Lost Books of Jane Austen.

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