Friday, 22 October 2010

Jane Austen Day at the Bodleian Library

Reposted from the Bodleian Libraries website:

For only one day, the Bodleian Library is putting on public display a selection of manuscripts, first editions and papers related to Jane Austen, one of the most celebrated English novelists. The event takes place on Monday, 25 October 2010, to coincide with the launch of a new freely accessible online resource The Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts Digital Edition.  The website reunites in a virtual space all Jane Austen’s handwritten manuscripts for the first time since 1845 when her sister Cassandra dispersed the collection.

The display is a celebration of Jane Austen’s beginnings and endings as a writer.  At its centre lie two manuscripts.  One is her earliest collection of short stories and plays, written out in her teenage hand and entitled by her Volume the First.  The other manuscript is her sister Cassandra’s handwritten copy of the last novel, known as Sanditon, which Jane Austen was writing in the final months of her life.

The exhibition takes place in the Divinity School from 10.00am to 6.45pm; admission is free.

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