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Jane Austen Sells, and Other News

December 11, 2013 | by

Rare Austen portrait up for auction

  • A portrait of Jane Austen—you know, the portrait, based on her sister’s sketch—has sold at auction for £135,000, which is actually somewhat below the estimate.
  • “I started to write books in 1982 because I thought I was everywoman,” (all evidence to the contrary) Martha Stewart says at Art Basel.
  • “Colin Wilson, the writer, who has died at eighty-two, suspected he was a genius; and there were some who agreed with him when in 1956, aged twenty-four, he published The Outsider, a somewhat portentous overview of existentialism and alienation.” Because no one does an obit like the Brits. 
  • John Waters on Christmas shopping: “I always give books. And I always ask for books. I think you should reward people sexually for getting you books. Don’t send a thank-you note, repay them with sexual activity. If the book is rare or by your favorite author or one you didn’t know about, reward them with the most perverted sex act you can think of. Otherwise, you can just make out.”



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    1. Adam | December 11, 2013 at 10:34 am

    2. Nicholas Ennos | December 16, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      While the above portrait is a pretty picture of Jane Austen, it is not a portrait of the author. As Nicholas Ennos proves in his recently published book “Jane Austen – a New Revelation” the true author of the Jane Austen novels was her cousin Eliza de Feuillide. Eliza could not publish them under her own name as she was the secret illegitmate daughter of Warren Hastings, the Governor General of India. There are just two portrait miniatures of Eliza de Feuillide, one as a teenager and one as a young woman. They can both be found on the internet.

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