The divine Jane Austen at the Morgan library

Posted: 10/12/2009 in Library, Literature, Novel, Writer
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Morgan library. Jane Austen. This exhibition explores the life, work, and legacy of Jane Austen (1775–1817), regarded as one of the greatest English novelists. Offering a close-up portrait of the iconic British author, whose popularity has surged over the last two decades with numerous motion picture and television adaptations of her work, the show provides tangible intimacy with Austen through the presentation of more than 100 works, including her manuscripts, personal letters, and related materials, many of which the Morgan has not exhibited in over a quarter century.

A Woman’s Wit: Jane Austen’s Life and Legacy also includes first and early illustrated editions of Austen’s novels as well as drawings and prints depicting people, places, and events of biographical significance.

The exhibition is organized into three sections: Austen’s life and personal letters, her works, her legacy, and concludes with the documentary-style film.

The Divine Jane is a short documentary film specially commissioned for the exhibition. Each of the six interviewees was invited to look closely at the Morgan’s outstanding collection of Austen letters and manuscripts.

Would you like to see this collection? I would be completely crazy to have the opportunity to see, to touch and read this preserved work.

Also, other questions touched several subject:

When did they first read Austen and what were their initial impressions? What is the relation between Austen’s life and work? Why does she remain so popular? And, if you could invite Austen to dinner, whom else would you invite, and why?

Well, I discover Jane Austen when I was a teenager. I still enjoy reading her work anytime. And I definitely love to see Marcel Proust and Jane Austen at the same dinner. They both have described so well their culture and the aristocratic way of life. Humour should be a great part of the conversation.

And you, would you be happy to have dinner with Jane Austen?



Sources: The Morgan Library and museum: A woman’s wit: Jane Austen’s life and legacy.

The Divine Jane: reflection on Austen. Francesco Carrozzini.

Illustrations: Morgan library.


  1. Linda says:

    Oh, wouldn’t that be a wonderful museum to visit! I’m sorry to say, it’s been so long since I read any Austen, I can’t remember it. I’ve seen some film adaptations since. One of my 2009 New Years resolutions was to read (or re-read) five classics this year. I’m ashamed to say, I read none (I did read two Shakespeare plays) so I think I’ll pick up an Austen novel so I can say I didn’t completely fail on that resolution. 🙂

    • You are better than me in resolutions. It’s never to late for a re-reading of Jane Austen. I remember me last Christmas, sitting alone ( well, not always…) with the collection of Jane ( and hot chocolate and scones… ) I was completly amaze by her writing. She is so incredible precise. She could described anything from a simple situation where nothing seems to happens except inside the mind of the characters she created. A simple walk turn extremely interesting and important into any of her novel, as a invitation for a dance and a dinner could be so tremendous and impredictible. She make the daily simple thing turn like a complete aventurous life around her house, her village.

      She is a master of description of the mind.

      Wouldn’t be nice to have dinner with this great lady? And you could invite Shakespeare to, if you have some connections…

      I think this could created a incredible group of writers. You only have to bring some of your magic soup… and close your eyes.

      Thanks you for your comments.

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