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Jane Austen Fan News – Issue 111

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Jane Austen and the Stash of the Raven

Ask a Jane Austen fan and they’ll soon be able to tell you the many advantages of having the entire works of Jane Austen in your home library. Her novels are a must-have, go-to resource for times of trouble when you are in need of comfort, for times of boredom when you need entertainment, and, we learnt this week thanks to The Spectator, an excellent hiding place!

In an article by Joe Shute, journalist and author of A Shadow Above: The Fall and Rise of the Raven, which explored the role of ravens within the natural and literary world, we this week read the charming tale of Truman Capote and his pet raven:

Truman Capote had a pet raven, Lola, which he suspected of hiding a guest’s false teeth. He placed his gold signet ring on a table and spied developments. When the raven thought the way was clear it grabbed the ring and hid it in the library behind The Complete Jane Austen. Capote listed the cache revealed: among other things, his best cufflinks, long-lost car keys, the first page of a short story, and the teeth.

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