Jane Austen's Letter

On July 11, 2017 a Jane Austen Letter was sold at Sothby's for over $200,000. Could Austen ever have imagined that a letter of hers would at any time be worth £162,500? According to Dr Gabriel Heaton, Sotheby’s specialist in books and manuscripts,

"The vast majority of her surviving letters talk about her day-to-day life, so to have a letter like we do here, that talks specifically about writing and shows her engaging with the popular literature of the day is hugely significant."

You can read more about it at Artnet News.



The letter had been with Austen's family all this time and 200 hundred years after her death it is finally sold.



The letter is addressed to Jane's niece and in it she ridicules  Rachel Hunter’s gothic novel Lady Maclairn, the Victim of Villainy.  Austen found great delight in skewering the gothic novels so popular in her day. But how could she resist?  I would not be able to. If I could shred a novel with Jane Austen's wit and eloquence I would certainly indulge in the entertainment. Of course I should do so only privately so that no feelings were injured. But then that's what Jane did. She had no intention of her missive being made public, but with the passage of time and enduring popularity one can not remain a private individual forever. This is good news for those of us who cannot get enough of our beloved Jane.

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