New Letters from Jane Austen's Family Sure to Thrill Austen Obsessives

A California library has acquired a cache of letters from Jane Austen's mother's family. No, none of the letters was written by Austen. None of the letters even mentions by Austen by name. But Jane Austen is to historical documents as Fifty Shades of Grey is to hotel packages—drop her name and suddenly everybody's… » 2/02/15 3:30pm 2/02/15 3:30pm

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

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. … » 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

Kate Middleton and Jane Austen Are Related

Ancestry.com has discovered that Kate Middleton, Duchess Of Cambridge, aka Princess Shinylocks™ and Jane Austen are are eleventh cousins, six times removed. You're thinking: Um, isn't everyone in the English upper crust related? That's just sense and sensibility! Yeah, but lead historian Anastasia Harman is psyched:… » 6/29/11 9:00am 6/29/11 9:00am

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… » 3/19/11 12:33pm 3/19/11 12:33pm