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Celebrating Jane Austen's Two-Hundred and Forty-First Birthday with Fanfare and a Free e-Book!

Updated: Oct 28, 2019

Post by Onna Carr

"We have all a better guide in ourselves,

if we would attend to it,

than any other person can be. "

Jane Austen

Today is Jane Austen's two-hundred and forty-first birthday! In 1775, Miss Austen entered the world, and in her lifetime, graced us with five, finished novels of heroines who may not always do the right thing to begin with, but who, through a path of introspection or circumstances, do end up doing what ought to be done with a flourish or a quiet dance;)! Jane Austen's work continues to delight and to inspire readers with her stories that were full of the large world of small places and ordinary people.

I discovered Jane Austen at the age of eight through Emma Thompson's film version of Sense and Sensibility. My family and I rented the film, which we watched three times in a row in one day!! I loved the character of Elinor, the tree house, and the blue dress Emma Thompson wore, which I still want to make up someday!! However, I did not know that this film was an adaptation of a novel by the same name.

When I was fifteen, I watched a 1970's BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. Despite the irritating performance of the woman who played Mrs. Benett and the very sickly Mr. Darcy, I found the plot-line of the film and spunky nature of Elizabeth portrayed in such an appealing way, I could not resist watching the film several times. This film led me to read through all of Austen's finished works by the time I turned sixteen, and I went on to read her unfinished works, minus Lady Susan.

In honor of Miss Jane Austen's birthday, Lizzy Bennett: Pride and Prejudice Revisited 1943-1946 is available on Amazon.com today for free! I hope you have a lovely Austen-Day!!

"Time will explain."

Jane Austen, Persuasion​

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