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Published on February 19th, 2014 | by admin

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Celebrating The Life And Times Of Jane Austen

Renowned English novelist Jane Austen is widely regarded as one of the finest writers of romantic fiction, remembered for six celebrated books which offered insight into the lives of middle and upper-class women in the early 19th century.

Some of her most critically acclaimed novels include ‘Sense and Sensibility’, ‘Pride and Prejudice’, ‘Mansfield Park’ and ‘Emma’.

A ring that belonged to Jane Austen has recently gone on display for the first time at Jane Austen’s House Museum in Hampshire following a successful campaign to stop Kelly Clarkson taking it out of the UK having purchased the ring for £152,450 in 2012.

It recently emerged that the Texan superstar is an avid collector of Jane Austen related items but a ‘Bring the Ring Home’ campaign undertaken by the museum in fact saved the ring from leaving the UK after they were inundated with donations which denied the singer claiming the valuable item after all. Illustrating the modern day significance of the world renowned novelist, Jane Austen remains one of English literature’s most celebrated authors.

Indeed in a poll in 2013 of teacher’s favourite books compiled by the Times Educational Supplement (TES), Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice actually topped the list of novels. Last year actually marked 200 years since the book was published and the bicentenary of Pride and Prejudice was marked by a whole host of Jane Austen-related events and merchandise, including stamp cards and a presentation pack which are only available to purchase from the Post Office Shop until this Friday 21st February.

Amongst the celebrations to mark the anniversary, a ‘readathon’ took place in Bath when experts, writers and fans read Pride and Prejudice from cover to cover hooking up with Jane Austen societies worldwide via a 12-hour internet broadcast.

Confirming the enduring appeal of the novelist, we learn that there is an annual Jane Austen Festival in Bath where the writer lived from 1801 to 1806 and that Pride and Prejudice still sells around 50,000 copies each year in the UK alone and has sold some 20 million copies worldwide.

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