Thu
Jul 14 2011 8:09am

Jane Austen Makes Bank, 200 Years Later

Jane Austen’s’ The Watsons

Who says print can’t sell?

An early unfinished Jane Austen manuscript titled The Watsons sold at auction in London today for almost 1 million pounds ($1.6 million), triple its highest pre-sale estimate. The Watsons—not complete—is the earliest surviving manuscript for a novel by Austen, probably written in 1804. It centers on a family of four sisters, the daughters of a widowed clergyman.

Apparently the manuscript has lots of edits and corrections—the 19th century form of track changes—which gives insight into Austen’s creative process.

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Charli Mac
1. CharliMac
Can you imagine what the scholars will say? How they will argue over Ms. Austen's shorthand and personal notes?

Writers will have their own interpretation, I'm sure.
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