Jane Austen Graces Currency
How we love classic books! Except when we hate them. It is remarkable that a writer could achieve such worldwide, lasting fame with only six novels (but what a glorious six novels they are)! Though Austen originally used the modest pseudonym “A Lady,” and received little enough attention when her work was published in the early 19th century, books like Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility became cult favourites in World War I with British soldiers who proudly proclaimed themselves “Janeites,” swapping their dog-eared copies around the trenches. Two hundred years after Austen’s death, the Bank of England is about to roll out a ten-pound note with Austen’s image and one of her best known quotes: “I declare, after all, there is no enjoyment like reading.” We agree!