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Happy Birthday, Jane Austen!

She even got her own Google doodle! Although it’s apparently only on Google’s UK site. I think she has enough of an international appeal to warrant putting it up in the U.S. as well. :::sniff:::

Author of six of the greatest novels in the English language, today is the 235th anniversary of her birth. With everything else going on, I didn’t have a chance to prepare a proper birthday post for Jane, I hope she understands. For now, I refer you to Jane, despite the unfortunate computer manipulation of her portrait.

Also check out the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA). From her bio there:

Jane Austen, one of England’s foremost novelists, was never publicly acknowledged as a writer during her lifetime. She was born on December 16, 1775, at Steventon Rectory in Hampshire, the seventh child of a country clergyman and his wife, George and Cassandra Austen. She was primarily educated at home, benefiting from her father’s extensive library and the schoolroom atmosphere created by Mr. Austen’s live-in pupils. Her closest friend was her only sister, Cassandra, almost three years her senior.

Her books have given rise to endless fan fiction, many movie adaptations, and now seem to be finding a new audience in the younger crowd. Check out this article in the Wall St. Journal.

Ben Kemper, 19, plans to wear a frock coat with cuffs to the annual Jane Austen birthday tea in Boise, Idaho, on Saturday.

The outfit will be “the whole shebang,” says Mr. Kemper, who hopes to scare up some yard work so he can pay for the new threads. He says his costume may include riding boots, a cane, gloves and a buttoned vest.

Grab a cup of tea, and enjoy some of her wit today.



Writer of vampire stories and science fiction. First novel, "Revenants Abroad", available now at Amazon. If you like a vampire you can go out drinking with and still respect yourself in the morning, I think you'd like Andrej.

6 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Jane Austen!

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