Author Jane Austen's Shady Letter About Another Writer Just Sold for $200,000
Almost 200 years after her death, Jane Austen is still one of the wittiest voices in literature, and it turns out that sense of
In a letter dated October 29 and 30, 1812, Austen wrote to her niece, Anna Lefroy, and parodied Rachel Hunter’s Gothic novel, Lady
“Miss Jane Austen begs her best thanks may be conveyed to
A part of a letter Jane Austen sent to her niece.
Bustle notes that Lady
Though Austen and Lefroy admit to enjoying the book, they treat it as we would a guilty pleasure beach read today. According to the auction house Sotheby’s, Anna’s daughter, Fanny-Caroline Lefroy, noted the book was "a voluminous and most tiresome &
“Austen hugely enjoyed ridiculing other women writers and their improbable, sentimental, and gothic plots,” Janet Todd, who edited her complete works for the Cambridge University Press, told The Guardian. “She knew well her own literary powers—and probably learned a good deal of what not to do by reading the interminable romances and effusions of contemporary authors.” And those literary powers still clearly resonate today. Sotheby’s originally estimated the letter would sell for £80,000 to £100,000, but instead it sold for a whopping £162,500 (around $209,000).
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