Jane Austen News – Issue 76

The Jane Austen News celebrates the bicentenary!

What’s the Jane Austen News this week?     Austen’s Letter Makes A Fortune!    We mentioned in last week’s Jane Austen News that a letter written by Jane to her niece Anna Lefroy in 1812 was going to auction for the first time. In the letter Jane writes disparagingly of Rachel Hunter’s gothic novel Lady Maclairn,… Read more about Jane Austen News – Issue 76


Win a Free Replica Gold & Turquoise Ring in Our New Jane Austen Competition!

To celebrate Jane’s bicentenary and the tenth anniversary of the Jane Austen Gift Shop, we are delighted to announce our most exciting ever Jane Austen competition! First prize is one of our beautiful and best-selling gold and turquoise Jane Austen Replica Rings, worth £139.99, made to order in any size, just for you or the… Read more about Win a Free Replica Gold & Turquoise Ring in Our New Jane Austen Competition!


Jane Austen News – Issue 75

The Jane Austen News analyses genius

What’s the Jane Austen News this week?     Austen Letter For Sale   A letter written by Jane Austen is due to be auctioned for the first time on July the 11th. Sotheby’s auction house have the letter for sale as part of the English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations sale, in which there will also… Read more about Jane Austen News – Issue 75


10 Years of Bringing Jane Austen’s World To You

As well as the bicentenary of Jane’s death, 2017 marks another anniversary on the Austen calendar, albeit of a more modest nature. Because it was ten years ago that the Jane Austen Gift Shop first began sending products to Jane’s fans the world over. In those days it was a much more humble affair. Because… Read more about 10 Years of Bringing Jane Austen’s World To You


Behind the Scenes of the Chicago Chamber Orchestra’s Persuasion Musical

Barbara Landis, artistic director of Chamber Opera Tours, found Jane Austen’s language so perfect that it begged to be adapted to theatrical lyrics. She felt that the text would be most appropriately set to music of the era rather than contemporary compositions, as is often done with other modern adaptations of Austen’s works. She and… Read more about Behind the Scenes of the Chicago Chamber Orchestra’s Persuasion Musical


Jane Austen News – Issue 74

The Jane Austen News couldn't agree more!

What’s the Jane Austen News this week?     Austen Holy Grail Worth Half A Million   ““Although there are attractive editions of her novels published in the later 19th and early 20th centuries, the greatest value is, of course, in the first editions,” says Mark Wiltshire, a specialist in valuable books and manuscripts at… Read more about Jane Austen News – Issue 74


Jane Austen News – Issue 73

The Jane Austen News watches the new display take shape

What’s the Jane Austen News this week?     Authors On Austen Up For Auction   Margaret Atwood, Kazuo Ishiguro and Ian McEwan, among others, have created revealing handwritten homages about Jane Austen in aid of a charity auction which is being held to raise funds for the Royal Society of Literature. The auction includes Atwood… Read more about Jane Austen News – Issue 73


Jane and Cassandra: Extraordinary Sisters

Jane and Cassandra

by Caroline Kerr Taylor Jane Austen was born in December 1775, the seventh child of Rev. and Mrs. Austen. Mrs. Austen nursed each of her babies for the first few months before they were taken to a neighboring family (the Littleworths). Each child was looked after by this family for the first couple of years… Read more about Jane and Cassandra: Extraordinary Sisters