Rare Handwritten Text from Jane Austen Revealed

Jane-Austin-text-at-West-Dean_2A rare handwritten note from the British author Jane Austen has been revealed at West Dean College in West Sussex.

The text was written by Austen in 1814 and gives insight into her thoughts on her brother’s sermons – echoing a discussion later featured in the novel Mansfield Park. The Book Conservation department at West Dean carried out the restoration work as part of an exhibition that will open later this year for the bicentenary celebration of Mansfield Park, in which Austen also addressed the subject of sermons.

Source: Britain Magazine

UK Royal Mail Celebrates Jane Austen With 6 New Stamps

4a004-jane-austen_mrm-583x371pxFrom Jane Austen to the London Underground, our 2013 special stamp programme will once again showcase the UK at its best.

Jane Austen will be celebrated, as 2013 marks the bicentenary of the publication of ‘Pride and Prejudice’. The book will be celebrated as part of a six stamp set, on sale from 21 February. The other stamps depict scenes from Ms Austen’s other novels, including Emma (pictured).

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