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“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

woensdag 25 maart 2015

Wilton House.

Wilton House has been welcoming film crews for many years as it offers a wide range of locations for cinema, television and stills photography. The magnificent House, with its splendid state rooms and landscaped parkland, is an ideal backdrop for filming. Extending beyond the limits of the park, the 14,000 acres of Wilton Estate also contain many settings suitable for both filming and stills photography. Films shot here include Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and, more recently, The Young Victoria.
Double and Single Cube Room
Via the Colonnade Room the ladies Dashwood walk with Robert Ferrars through the Great Ante Room, where the orchestra is playing,  into the Double Cube Room. Willoughby and his fiance Miss Grey are talking in the Single Cube Room.
WILTON HOUSE SALISBURY ([also] Pemberley, Mr. Darcy’s family home)
Built in the 16th Century on a site occupied for nearly 800 years prior by a succession of religious communities, Wilton House Salisbury is the family home of the 18th Earl of Pembroke (whose late father, the 17th Earl, was director/producer Henry Herbert). The uniquely designed Double Cube Room is seen in Pride & Prejudice as the drawing room of Mr. Darcy’s family home, where Lizzie is introduced to Darcy’s sister Georgina.
The Double Cube Room, widely recognized as one of the finest surviving examples of 17th Century Palladianism (inspired by the architect Palladio) in England, houses and showcases a collection of family portraits by the 17th-Century artist Sir Anthony van Dyck. focusfeatures

Fans of Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen, will recognise Wilton House  as Pemberley and the magnificent gardens at Stourhead, where Elizabeth rejects Darcy’s first proposal of marriage
Video's about P & P yourepeat+pride+prejudice

This is Wilton House - the home of the 18th Earl of Pembroke. It's been in his family for over 500 years. It's breathtakingly beautiful, meticulously maintained and absolutely awe-inspiring. It wasn't on our original list of houses to see but I stumbled upon it while shuffling through our Wilshire guide. It was just outside of Salisbury - just a few miles outside of town. SO worth the trip. We took a tour of the house and strolled through the gardens. Cate had a great time at the adventure playground too. It was a wonderful few hours.  They filmed parts of Sense and Sensiblity, Young Victoria, Mrs. Brown, Pride and Prejudice (it was Pemberly in the Keira Knightly film) and in a bunch of other things. I highly recommend it! jollyoldengland

The Earl is full of plans for the estate and has a new estate manager starting in a month's time. Most of Wilton's income at present comes from letting the 200-odd cottages and houses on the estate - and he wants to, if possible, extend Wilton's land and property holdings. He also cherishes hopes of buying back some of the family treasures that have been dispersed over the decades - every time he goes to a museum he seems to come across some Pembroke portrait or artefact - most recently a Pembroke suit of armour in New York. He is not particularly keen to increase visitor numbers because they cause a lot of wear and tear on the house, but he wants to have more high-paying events, such as Madonna's wedding anniversary party which was held here, or more films, like the recent Keira Knightley Pride and Prejudice or The Madness of King George, which were made here. He seems confident that he can restore Wilton's fortunes and 'take the estate into the 21st century' - whatever that means.


maandag 23 maart 2015

Chatsworth House Pride and Prejudice 2005, the Duchess and Death comes to Pemberley.

Chatsworth House
The stately home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, is mentioned in Pride and Prejudice and it is thought Pemberley, the fictional residence of Mr Darcy, is based on the historic property. Jane Austen wrote: "The eye was instantly caught by Pemberley House, situated on the opposite side of the valley into which the road into some abruptness wound.

"It was a large, handsome, stone building standing well on rising ground, and backed by a ridge of high woody hills; and in front, a stream of some natural importance was swelled into greater, but without any artificial appearance. Its banks were neither formal, nor falsely adorned."
One of the most stunning rooms in all of Chatsworth is the Painted Hall (seen here at Christmas time). When they were looking for a site worthy of Austen's description of Mr Darcy's home, Pemberley, Chatsworth was chosen partially due to this grand room. See cheesy youtube video below for a short clip of the hall.

CHATSWORTH HOUSE (Pemberley, Mr. Darcy’s family home)
The largest private country house in England and the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth House is the house used in Pride & Prejudice as the exterior of Pemberley, Mr. Darcy’s family home. Jane Austen made mention of Chatsworth in Pride and Prejudice, and the Duchess believes that the author was thinking of Chatsworth (which is in Derbyshire) when describing Pemberley.
Deborah, the Duchess of Devonshire, is one of the renowned “Mitford Girls” (her sisters were writers Nancy and Jessica Mitford, as well as Unity Mitford and Diana Mitford). During WWII, Chatsworth (built in the 17th Century) was occupied by a girls’ boarding school, Penrhos College. 300 pupils and teachers lived and worked there from 1939 until 1946. The house was subsequently reopened to the public, and in 1973 a farmyard and adventure playground were added on. Beginning in 2001, Chatsworth was opened to visitors for the holiday season (from early November until late December).
Within the house, the grand staircase of the Painted Hall (where charitable functions and the children’s Christmas party are held) is where, in >Pride & Prejudice, Lizzie Bennet and the Gardiners (the latter portrayed by Penelope Wilton and Peter Wight) begin their tour of Pemberley. It is within the Sculpture Gallery (so named for the 6th Duke’s having devoted the space to stone and sculpted figures) that Lizzie sees the bust of Mr Darcy – and hears of his fine qualities.

The Painted Hall
The most noticeable aspect of the Painted Hall is the booming colours that engulf you as you walk in. The ceiling has a Louis Laguerre mural of the allegorical ascension of Julius Caesar. Laguerre also painted the upper walls (Sistine Chapel style) with scenes from Caesar's life. The floor is inlaid with black and white marble to further submerge guests into a sea of aesthetic overdosing.

Sculpture Gallery 

On your visit you may recognise the grand staircase and ceiling of the Painted Hall where Lizzie and the Gardiners start their tour of Pemberley. The Sculpture Gallery was used in the scene where Lizzie Bennet sees the bust of Mr Darcy, and his housekeeper describes his many good qualities.
Keira Knightley in Pride & Prejudice with a sculpture of a Veiled Vestal, 1846, by Rafaele Monti, as many of the marbles at Chatsworth, a work commissioned by the 6th Duke of Devonshire.
Georgiana Spencer

The famous portrait of Georgiana Spencer, the fifth Duchess of Devonshire, by Thomas Gainsborough. Georgiana is the subject of the new film, The Duchess, filmed in Ireland but with a few scenes filmed at Chatsworth. Georgiana lived at her Devonshire home in London, and at Chatsworth, which she renovated in the late 1800s.

They left Chatsworth in January, much to Georgiana's relief. In London she would be surrounded by her own family and friends and no longer reliant on the monosyllabic Duke or his critical relations.  nytimes-georgiana

The estate of the Dukes of Devonshire was, and still is, Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, and this is where the candle-lit wedding was filmed. Although home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, it’s nevertheless open to the public, and is one England’s most popular country houses – it can get pretty crowded at times. Keira Knightley had previously filmed at Chatsworth when it stood in for ‘Pemberley’ in Joe Wright’s 2005 film of Pride And Prejudice. The house, reduced to gloomy shabbiness with digital effects, can also be seen in the 2010 version of The Wolfman, with Benicio del Toro. movie-locations/Duchess

Ralph Fiennes, who plays the buttoned-up Duke of Devonshire, said: "I think to shoot in real locations and to have the actual fabric of the times around you is fantastic.
"Aside from the room you are shooting in, all around you are the bookshelves, corridors, paintings, gardens, vistas, ceilings. You soak all this up. Just being in the space that someone of that standing lived their life in helps you take on the confidence and assurance of the place.
"Chatsworth was inherited and trying to get your head around inheriting a lot of land, a lot of people even, requires such a different mentality from today's life so it helps to be in the actual place."
Costume drama regular Keira Knightley was familiar with Chatsworth, having worked there during the filming of Pride and Prejudice. She welcomed the chance to return.
"It made a huge difference actually being in the houses, in the actual spaces, knowing how cold they are," she said. -Keira-Knightley-location


Death comes to Pemberley

More than 100 cast and crew relocated to Chatsworth for a week in July 2013 to film scenes for the series. During filming, the beautiful South and West facades of the house were used to depict Pemberley's famous exteriors, whilst rooms inside the house such as the Painted Hall, Great Dining Room, Sculpture Gallery and Oak Room were transformed to depict Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth's home.
"Elizabeth and Darcy, now six years married and with two young sons, are preparing for the lavish annual ball at their magnificent Pemberley home. The unannounced arrival of Elizabeth's wayward sister Lydia, however, brings an abrupt and shocking halt to proceedings when she stumbles out of her chaise screaming that her husband Wickham has been murdered." chatsworth.org//death-comes-to-pemberley


zondag 22 maart 2015

Lacock, the Red Lion.

Lacock, the Red Lion.
Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy gets out of the carriage, throws a sceptical look upwards und goes to the ball at the Assembly Rooms of Meryton. In the film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (1995) you can see the outside view of „The Red Lion“ in this part.

Filming in Lacock: Over the past few years Lacock village & Abbey have been home to many popular television series & blockbuster films. Jane Austen's well-known novels, 'Emma' and 'Pride & Prejudice' have been filmed here in Lacock. redlionlacock

Very beautiful pictures: sharpandkeenphotography/pride-and-prejudice/

Castle Howard. Death comes to Pemberley.

Anna Maxwell Martin: "God, I think Jane Austen is amazing. Her female characters are so bright, so witty, and the men in Austen are all so sexy. She was a visionary - perhaps a virgin all her life but to be able to write about unrequited love and fulfilled love in the most extraordinary and heartfelt way is extraordinary and there isn't a dull word that comes out.
"They're always such alive females. And also, all those love stories - no man in Austen has ever fallen in love with a female heroine because she's pretty or beautiful or has long, blonde hair. They fall in love with them because of who they are, because of their vibrancy and their intelligence and if only we were teaching that a bit more in schools."  radiotimes/anna-maxwell-martin

Castle Howard On Film

Since the 1960s, Castle Howard has been used as a location for many film and television productions. The house, the beautiful grounds and wider estate are all ideal settings for costume dramas, feature films and documentaries. 

Death Comes To Pemberley (2013)
Adapted by Juliette Towhidi, the writer of Calendar Girls, the BBC filmed in various locations across Yorkshire. Starring Matthew Rhys and Anna Maxwell-Martin, the two week shoot in  July 2013 saw the interior of the house transformed into Pemberley with scenes filmed in the bedrooms and South Front rooms and Great Hall. The family feel of Castle Howard was ideally suited to portray Pemberley. Find out more.

Brideshead Revisited (2008)
Ecosse Films' production of Evelyn Waugh's novel, directed by Julian Jarrold (Becoming Jane) and produced by Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae together with Kevin Loader. The film has been adapted for the screen by Andrew Davies (Bridget Jones Diary, Bleak House) and Jeremy Brock (The Last King of Scotland). With Ben Whishaw as Sebastian Flyte, Matthew Goode as Charles Ryder, Hayley Atwell as Julia Flyte, with Michael Gambon and Emma Thompson as Lord and Lady Marchmain. Find out more.

Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties (2006)Jon Arbuckle (Breckin Meyer) travels to the United Kingdom, and he brings his cat, Garfield (voiced by Bill Murray), along for the trip. A case of mistaken cat identity finds Garfield ruling over a castle (Castle Howard), but his reign is soon jeopardized by the nefarious Lord Dargis (Billy Connolly), who has designs on the estate.  

Great Estates (2000, 2001)
A series of hugely popular documentaries about Castle Howard and other estates in England, that provided a fascinating glimpse into all aspects of life at Castle Howard indoors, outdoors and behind the scenes.

A Year in the Life of Castle Howard (1996)
A six-part documentary about Castle Howard.  

The Buccaneers (1994)
A BBC production of Edith Wharton's novel of the 19th century encounter between English aristocracy and wealthy American heiresses.  Because of their "new money" background, four American girls have difficulty breaking into the upper-crust society of New York. Laura Testvalley, the governess of one of the girls, suggests a London season and thus the young women set sail for England and the unsuspecting English aristocracy.  

Twelfth Night (1978)A BBC production of one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies, and surprisingly the only time Castle Howard has been used for a Shakespeare play.

Brideshead Revisited (1981)

Granada TV's production of Evelyn Waugh's novel, starring Anthony Andrews, Jeremy Irons and Diana Quick, is recognised by many as one of the great costume dramas of all time. Although it is not certain that Waugh identified his Brideshead with Castle Howard, for many people the two buildings have come to epitomise a nostalgia for England before the Second World War. Find out more.

Barry Lyndon (1975)

Directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on the novel by William Thackeray.  Redmond Barry is a young, roguish Irishman who's determined, in any way, to make a life for himself as a wealthy nobleman. Enlisting in the British Army, fighting in the Seven Years War in Europe, Barry deserts from the British army, joins the Prussian army, gets promoted to the rank of a spy, then becomes pupil to a Chevalier and con artist.  

The Spy With a Cold Nose (1966)
A spoof cold war spy thriller starring Lawrence Harvey with Castle Howard masquerading as the Kremilin in Moscow.  The Russian Premier is presented with a British bulldog that has been fitted with a transmitter by Dr. Francis Trevelyan (Laurence Harvey).  

Lady L (1965)

Directed by Peter Ustinov, and starring David Niven, Sophia Loren and Paul Newman in a tale of European anarchists and aristocrats.  Lady Louise Lendale (Sophia Loren) is 80 years old and tells her long time admirer, British poet Sir Percy (Cecil Parker), all about her eventful life.
 Rooms used in Death goes to Pemberley
See photo's above
Crimson Dining Room      
Used as the dining room, we see Mr Darcy, Elizabeth, Georgiana, Henry Alveston and Mr and Mrs Bennet gathered round the table in episode one

Turquoise Drawing Room           
Used as the drawing room, the Turquoise Drawing Room is an integral part of the production with many important scenes taking place here. Including Colonel Fitzwilliam excusing himself from the party for an evening ride in episode one and Mr Darcy's conversation with the magistrate.
Lady Georgiana's Bedroom           
Portraying Lydia's bedroom, we see Lydia sedated by the doctor and being comforted by Elizabeth and Georgiana in this room in episode one.

Music Room                                
Used to portray Elizabeth's study, some key story lines come to the fore in this room in the final episode.

Temple of the Four Winds
A meeting between Elizabeth and her sister Jane takes place at the pavilion in episode two.

vrijdag 20 maart 2015

Chawton House

                                                       Chawton House Library

Filmlocations Emma 1996 G. Paltrow.

Mapperton  House, In Emma 1996 Randalls, home of  Mr. and Mrs Weston
A lot of beautiful photo's: dorsetlife/mapperton
Evershot, In Emma 1996, home of the Bates ladies.

donderdag 19 maart 2015

Sudbury Hall, interior Pride and prejudice 1995

Sudbury Hall is famed as the interior location of Pemberley in the 1995 production of Pride and Prejudice

Perhaps the most famous of all country house visits is Elizabeth Bennett's tour of Pemberley, during which she reevaluates her feelings for Mr. Darcy based on the finery of his home and earnestness of his portrait.

The housekeeper first leads Elizabeth and her aunt and uncle into a room with ornate plasterwork and large portraits. In the film, this room is referred to as "The Music Room," however Sudbury Hall calls it a saloon. This would have been the most important of the reception rooms at Sudbury Hall, although it was likely first used as a dining room.
 Pride and Prejudice- Staircase Hall
 The Long Gallery, 138 feet in length, is located on the first floor of Sudbury Hall [9]; this is quite unusual for the period, but follows the text of Pride and Prejudice as the housekeeper relays that "in the gallery upstairs you will see a fine, larger picture of [Mr. Darcy]". Having a garden-front Long Gallery on the first floor was decidedly an old-fashioned feature by the 17th century, but its display of family portraits was certainly grand enough to represent the family's identity as aristocracy. The original purpose of long galleries did not require any particular furnishings or decorations, and it wasn't until the Elizabethan period that the ample wall space and natural light were taken advantage of for the display of portraits. periodpiecesandportraiture 
 Pride and Prejudice- Long Gallery




dinsdag 17 maart 2015

Luckington Court, Longbourn P&P 1995

One of the most brilliant filming locations ever, is Luckington Court in Wiltshire, used in the Colin Firth/Jennifer Ehle version of Pride and Prejudice from 1995.  Grand enough to be a gentleman's home, but small and cozy enough to make us believe that the owner was not very wealthy and so might have had trouble giving his 5 daughters enough of a marriage settlement to entice suitors.

The House
Luckington Court is a beautiful Queen Anne Grade 2* listed building with wonderful views onto the gardens from every room. luckingtoncourtevents

What I never realised is the location of this house. On my research on Google Earth I see this scenery around the house. It is much more rural then i expected.

The owner of Luckington Court, Mrs. Angela Horn, and how she was accommodated during the long shooting schedule.  She was able to use the kitchen, the housekeeper's room and the nursery (!!), which were set aside and redecorated for her.  She had lived in the house undisturbed for 40 years and was pleasantly surprised by the fact that she enjoyed a film crew of over 70 crawling over her property.  "I will miss the film crew.  They really were awfully nice.  They became like a family.  I cried at the thought of them leaving.  It was like a ghost town when they went but I cheer up by reminding myself that I now have enough money to re-roof the west wing."-Quoted from The Making of Pride and Prejudice, Penguin Books, BBC books janeaustenfilmclub

The Making of Pride and Prejudice reveals in compelling detail how Jane Austen's classic novel was transformed into the stunning television drama starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. It vividly brings to life every stage of production of this sumptuous series.
pemberley/ l.uckington


vrijdag 6 maart 2015

14 Love Lessons From Jane Austen

  • Try not to judge at first sight
  • The right kind of love is the love that makes you want to become a better person
  • Don’t let a third party meddle in your relationship
  • Don’t marry for money (but having money doesn’t hurt!)
  • Love isn’t like it is in the movies
  • Do not trust words over actions
  • Be patient and steadfast 
  • It’s OK to be impulsive, but keep a good head on your shoulders
  • Don’t be so scared to say what you feel
  • Keep an open mind
  • It’s never too late for a second chance at love
  • Don’t give up on the person you love
  • Sometimes the right person has been in front of you all along
  • Often the best kind of love isn’t flashy but steady, loyal, and uncompromising
Read all: bustle/14-love-lessons-from-jane-austen

zondag 15 februari 2015

Jane Austen family letters offer ‘deeply personal’ insight into author’s world

 Leigh Family Papers, unpublished letters and manuscripts from Jane Austen’s mother’s family, 1686–1823, 1866. Click to enlarge. Photograph: © The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
The Huntington Library in California has acquired 52 unpublished letters, poems and other material from six generations of the Leigh family. Austen’s mother was Cassandra Leigh, and the novelist visited her Leigh family in Adlestrop several times, with some believing that the setting of Mansfield Park is partly drawn from the Gloucestershire village.

The letters are “deeply personal”, said Vanessa Wilkie, curator of English historical manuscripts at the Huntington, and although they do not mention the author of Pride and Prejudice specifically, they “will help people develop a more vivid understanding of Austen’s immediate world”. Most of Austen’s own letters were burned by her sister, after her death.

Acquired from a UK rare book and manuscript dealer, the correspondence reveals “the intimate, mundane, playful, and tragic aspects of the times”, said Wilkie. “You get a dear mother, affectionate father, dear son, dear cousin, dear brother, dear little niece, dear Madame, and even A. Nonymous, who writes a really funny letter that cautions against the dangers of falling in love with Miss Fortune.” Read more: theguardian/jane-austen-family-letters-huntington-library-1

Lady Susan.

Xavier Samuel is turning back time to film new scenes for forthcoming drama Love And Friendship, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s short novel Lady Susan, originally published in 1871.
The 31-year-old channelled his inner gentleman on set in Dublin on Friday as he stepped out in period clothes, complete with a frock coat and a cravat.
The upcoming film also stars Kate Beckinsale, 41, and Chloe Sevigny, 40.
Kate plays central character Lady Susan Vernon in the movie, which is set in the 1790s and is directed by American Whit Stillma. 
Xavier will play Reginald, while Chloe portrays Alicia – an intimate friend in whom Lady Susan confides.
Described as a beautiful widow, Lady Susan seeks refuge on a family estate after society rumours circulate regarding her private life. Read more: dailymail/--Jane-Austen-adaptation



donderdag 15 januari 2015

The Goucher College Library,The Philadelphia Emma

I received a nice email. I really am happy to been asked and off course I will publish it on my weblog.
""As a fan of Jane Austen and her work, we at the Goucher College Library thought you would be interested in our current project: to digitize the rarest book in our Jane Austen Collection –the 1816, American edition of Emma. We are funding our project exclusively through crowdfunding, and we were hoping you could help us spread the word about this exciting project on your blog “Jane Austen”.
Below are the official press release and the project website. If you are able to help us spread the word, we would be extremely appreciative.
Official college press release:
Our “Emma in America” Website:

From the website:
A campaign to build a dynamic digital archive that will provide open-access to Jane Austen’s rare 1816 Philadelphia Emma. Along with the digital edition of Emma, the online archive will support contextual materials and text analysis tools to create an interactive experience centered on this exceptional edition from the Goucher College Library’s world class Jane Austen Collection.

The 1816 American edition of Emma
 was the first novel of Austen’s to be printed in America,
and the only one to appear in an American edition
 during her lifetime (1775-1817). 

The Philadelphia publisher Mathew Carey, a frequent reprinter of British titles, brought out Emma in two volumes: a more economical format than the three-volume first English edition, which John Murray had released in December 1815 (dated 1816 on the title page). Carey’s edition was printed for him by the firm Justice & Cox of Trenton, New Jersey; neither the print run nor the exact month of publication is known. Why Carey chose to reprint Emma is uncertain. The eminent Austen bibliographer David Gilson has speculated that an influential review of Emma by Walter Scott that appeared in the March 1816 Quarterly Review influenced Carey’s decision. In the absence of international copyright law, there was no need for Austen to be aware of this American edition, and no evidence remains to suggest that she was. The Philadelphia Emma was only belatedly recognized by bibliographers, in part because of the extreme rarity of surviving copies. Geoffrey Keynes’ 1929 Bibliography of Jane Austen lists the 1832-33 publication of all six novels by Carey & Lea of Philadelphia as the first American editions of Austen. David Gilson’s Bibliography of Jane Austen (1982; rev. 1997) does include the Philadelphia Emma, with descriptions of the three copies—one of them Goucher’s—known to him at the time. Three more have since been verified. Even today, the Philadelphia Emma is often unknown to those who are familiar with Austen’s works.

Read also: janeausteninvermont/your-jane-austen-library-gilsons-bibliography-a-review/
Photo from: razoo/story/Goucherlibraryemma
More photo's: theparisreview/emma-cover-to-cover
Austen werd geboren in Hampshire. Haar vader was een geestelijke. Het grootste deel van haar leven bleef zij in haar geboortestreek. Austen had zes broers en een oudere zuster, Cassandra, met wie zij zeer hecht was. Het enige onbetwiste portret van Jane Austen is een gekleurde schets die door Cassandra werd gemaakt en nu in de National Portrait Gallery in Londen hangt. In 1801 verhuisde de familie naar Bath. In 1802 werd Austen ten huwelijk gevraagd door de rijke Harris Bigg-Wither en zij stemde toe; de volgende dag deelde ze echter mee dat zij haar woord niet kon houden en trok haar instemming in. De reden hiervoor is niet bekend, maar Austen is nooit getrouwd. Na de dood van haar vader in 1805 woonden Jane, haar zuster en haar moeder daar nog verscheidene jaren tot zij in 1809 naar Chawton verhuisden. Hier had haar rijke broer Edward een landgoed met een plattelandshuisje, dat hij aan zijn moeder en zusters schonk (dit huis is tegenwoordig open voor het publiek). Zelfs nadat zij naam gemaakt had als romanschrijfster bleef zij in relatieve stilte leven, maar haar gezondheid ging sterk achteruit. Er wordt nu aangenomen dat zij de ziekte van Addison had, waarvan toen de oorzaak nog onbekend was. Ze reisde naar Winchester om behandeling te zoeken, maar stierf daar en werd begraven in de kathedraal.
Tot Austens beroemdste werk behoort de roman Emma. Het boek wordt vaak aangehaald vanwege de perfectie van vorm. Moderne critici blijven ook nieuwe perspectieven ontdekken op het scherpe commentaar van Austen betreffende de klasse van jonge, ongehuwde, aristocratische Engelse vrouwen in de vroege 19e eeuw.


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