Jane Austen minute critiquing ‘prosy’ contemporary during auction


LONDON (Reuters) – Jane Austen once wrote that a vast income was a best recipe for happiness. Now a private minute created by a author to her niece could good make someone really happy indeed.

A minute critiquing a contemporary author for being “prosy” goes underneath a produce during a London auction residence on Tuesday.

The minute is from Austen to Anna Lefroy, a eldest daughter of a author’s eldest hermit Rev. James Austen. Auctioneers Sotheby’s design it to fetch 80,000 pounds ($103,000) to 100,000 pounds.

The theme of a minute is a “most uninteresting and prosy” Gothic novel entitled “Lady Maclairn, a Victim of Villainy”, published by her contemporary Rachel Hunter.

“It’s really engaging to have a minute by Jane Austen articulate about writing, articulate about novels, articulate about someone else’s novels since there are not many instances in Jane Austen’s essay where we get that”, pronounced Gabriel Heaton, Sotheby’s executive of books and manuscripts.

The auctioneers pronounced that a letters, dating from 29-30 Oct 1812 when a “Pride and Prejudice” author was during her literary peak, had belonged to a Austen family, and had never been offering for sale before.

A magnitude of a author’s fast popularity, Austen memorabilia can authority fantastic sums. In 2011, a beginning flourishing Austen manuscript, a handwritten breeze for a book that was never published, sole for 993,250 pounds ($1.6 million) during auction.

The auction will be hold on Jul 11th.

Reporting by Iona Serrapica, essay by Mark Hanrahan Editing by Jeremy Gaunt


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