It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen is one of the most beloved writers in the English literary canon. Nonetheless, while her heroines may have found true love, Austen herself never did. British author and self-professed “Press Agent” for Austen, David Lassman recently asked just why it was that the writer died a spinster.
Although she wrote some two centuries ago, during the Georgian period, Austen’s popularity remains strong even today, given in perhaps no small part to the fact that her heroines “act as romantic beacons for the modern age,” promoting marriage as a bond sought for love, rather than money. This, despite Austen herself never walking down the aisle (the old adage “write what you know” evidently isn’t the be all and end all to successful authorship…) […]
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