Today is Jane Austen’s 239th birthday! Here are some ways to celebrate:
- Check out the Guardian’s “Jane Austen in Quotes: 30 Tips for a Successful Life.” On life: “Know your own happiness. Want for nothing but patience – or give it a more fascinating name: Call it hope.” from Sense and Sensibility (1811)
- Read the British Library’s blog post on Northanger Abbey, Austen’s “brilliant satire on the perils of reading too much Gothic fiction.”
- Check out the Jane Austen Centre’s “waxwork of Jane” – a wax model of Jane’s face created through the use and analysis of forensic data and eyewitness accounts.
- Fall in love with Fitzwilliam Darcy (again) with the Guardian’s 10 best Jane Austen characters.
- Write like Austen using the Jane Austen Thesaurus. (The word “library” was used 35 times in Jane Austen’s novels!)
- Read one of her novels online – and stop by the Harwood library and check out one of her books!
The Guardian recently analyzed and organized “all-time books polls, prize winners and readers’ picks” to create this infographic of Non-Fiction Books Everyone Should Read. From the Guardian: “We mixed high-brow and low-brow. There are Pulitzer prize winners as well as lists from Time, the Times Literary Supplement and – of course – the Guardian, as well as the wisdom of the crowd in sources such as TheGreatestBooks, GoodReads, and AskMetafilter.” Click the graphic to access the interactive version – filterable by genre – on the Guardian’s website.
How many of these titles have you read?
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