“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” -Jane Austen

James Edward Austen-Leigh once wrote, “Seldom has any literary reputation been of such slow growth as that of Jane Austen.”

But now, Austen’s work has never been more valuable.

Last week, Austen’s earliest surviving manuscript, names The Watsons, sold for $1.5 million at Sotheby’s in the UK to an anonymous bidder.

An Antiques and the Arts article reported,  “Probably written in 1804, this heavily corrected draft represents the earliest surviving manuscript for a novel by Jane Austen. The work, which was not published during her lifetime and remains incomplete, provides a fascinating insight into both her writing practices and her development into one of Britain’s greatest authors.”

Like many artists, Austen’s work became popular after her death. She is now, however, not only appreciated among literary connoisseurs  the world over, but considered one of the greats.

“She wrote about what she knew, which was only a small corner of the world, but with such wit and appreciation that audiences today are still able to respond to her work with enthusiasm,” wrote Juliane Locke, author of the Morgan Reynolds book England’s Jane: The Story of Jane Austen. 

Adrianne Loggins
Associate Editor

For more information on Jane Austen, check out England’s Jane: The Story of Jane Austen (ISBN 9781931798822)

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