Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Austen and Auctions

I recently received my news letter from the Jane Austen Society which noted the recently held Sotheby's auction.  Sotheby's had come into possession of an unfinished manuscript by Miss Austen - called The Watsons.  As it was believed by experts to be about a quarter of the actual novel, the expected price was 200,000 pounds.  To real lovers of Austen's work and the lack of direct link to Austen herself or her works as time has destroyed much, it would come as no surprise that the purchase of this unfinished manuscript far surpassed the expected amount.  Here is the article which supposes Austen's possible reasons for not completing the novel as well as the price it fetched...

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