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Jane Austen: From beginning to end

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FREE TALK

Jane Austen’s distinctive voice can be heard in her earliest teenage stories, in her six great novels and in her final, unpublished writings. Her novels begin very memorably and often reveal a certain resistance to endings.

Commemorating the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s death on 18 July 1817, University of Oxford’s Professor Fiona Stafford will pay tribute to her genius with a talk on her life and work. Alongside these discussions will be the opportunity to see Austen’s original will, which is housed in The National Archives’ collection.

Fiona is a professor of English Language and Literature at Somerville College, Oxford, specialising in Romantic literature from Keats and Wordsworth to Austen. She is editor of Emma for Penguin and Pride and Prejudice for Oxford World’s Classics. and has written on many aspects of late eighteenth and early nineteenth century literature, including Brief Lives: Jane Austen.


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