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Jane Austen: Insights and Influences

Sunday, August 06, 2017, 10:00am - 06:00pm

jane austen-collageAs part of the ongoing series of changing exhibitions highlighting Pequot Library’s Special Collections of archives, rare books, and manuscripts on view in the Reading Room and The Perkin Gallery, a Pages from Pequot Special Collections' exhibition.

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 8, 2017
6:30pm – 8:30pm. Light hors d'oeuvres and wine provided.
Exhibition: June 8 - August 27, 2017

  • Celebrate the life and work of Jane Austen (1775-1817) and discover how her insights into the ordinary lives of her characters have influenced culture for the last 200 years.
  • Experience Austen's novels and unfinished works through timeless illustrations and text.
  • Explore Austen's influence on contemporary literature through novels such as Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding and Pemberly Shades by Dorothy Alice Bonavia-Hunt.

Items on view include:
Watercolor sketches by Cassandra Austen for Jane Austen's History of England, c. 1790

The History of Goody Two-Shoes, c. 1780, first belonged to Jane Austen and then given to her niece Anna Austen

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Jane Austen was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Austen's plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favorable social standing and economic security. Her works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the 18th century.



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