Monday, June 13, 2011

Jane Austen Manuscript ALMOST Reunited [News]

You guys know about "The Watsons"?  It was a manuscript that Jane Austen started after the earlier versions of Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, and Northanger Abbey.  But, she abandoned it.  The first twelve pages were auctioned during WWI to benefit the Red Cross and the rest of the surviving manuscript (written in 1804) belongs to a private collector in England.

But, for a short time, these two pieces are going to both be in New York.  The first twelve pages belong to Morgan Library & Museum, as part of their permanent collection.  The remaining 68, the ones from the private collection, will be in New York on display at Sotheby's for a week before it's shipped back to London for auction in mid-July. It'll be the closest these pieces have been together in like over a hundred years or something.

So, you die hard Austen fans living in or visiting New York, are you going to go and see these awesome pieces of manuscript?  I hear they're corrected in Jane's handwriting and everything.  How awesome would it be to see Jane's edits?  (I think the answer is so.  So awesome.)  Let us know if you're going to see any part of The Watsons, 'cause we'd love for you to share the awesome.

[via The New York Times]

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