All Hail This Newly Discovered Scrap of Jane Austen's Handwriting

Brace yourselves, Jane Austen cultists: A scrap of writing from the author's very own hand has been discovered in the U.K., stuck in a first edition of her nephew's The Memoirs of Jane Austen. Meanwhile, I never find anything crammed into my books but Duane Reade receipts. » 2/03/14 5:20pm 2/03/14 5:20pm

A Virtual World for Jane Austen Fans Just Raised $100K on Kickstarter

Jane Austen's long dead, but that doesn't keep her most obsessive fans from supporting an entire cottage industry around her works. But this is taking it to a new level: Via Polygon, a Kickstarter campaign has just raised $109,563 to fund the creation of Ever, Jane, a massively multiplayer online game dedicated to the… » 12/05/13 12:10pm 12/05/13 12:10pm

Austen-fanatics, the Trailer for Austenland Is Here

Based off of the popular book of the same name, the trailer for the movie Austenland starring Keri Russell is out. Start clutching your pearls, or whatever women did back in Jane Austen's time that was a way to express excitement and horror at the same time. » 7/08/13 6:15pm 7/08/13 6:15pm

Jane Austen Novels Basically Cured WWI Depression

If the Dashwood sisters can find true love and Mr. Darcy can inspire a whole industry of erotic fanfiction, reading Jane Austen might really be the best thing to soothe one’s addled mind and remind us all that, sometimes, people really have adorable double marriages and miraculously recover from mysterious fevers. For… » 7/07/13 2:30pm 7/07/13 2:30pm

Austenland To Be Adapted For Big Screen

Filming begins this month in the UK for an adaptation of Shannon Hale's bestselling novel Austenland, about a thirtysomething girl named Jane who's obsessed with Pride & Prejudice and receives an all-expenses-paid vacation to a British resort where guests live like the characters in Jane Austen novels. The film—which… » 7/06/11 6:45pm 7/06/11 6:45pm

What The Modern Dating Scene Has In Common With Jane Austen

In a recent Guardian UK article, Hadley Freeman compared the modern New York City dating scene (with its rules, regulations, and awkward social customs) to "the ways of ye olde England" and predicts our nation's swift demise if we keep insisting on meeting potential suitors for a beer at a "bowling alley", just as Austen's … » 3/19/11 12:33pm 3/19/11 12:33pm