The Secret of the Jane Austen Industry

March 27, 2015 4:31 PM

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The Secret of the Jane Austen Industry

What accounts for the writer’s enduring appeal? A voice with a modern sensibility, says Alexander McCall Smith

The poet W.H. Auden said of Sigmund Freud that he was no longer just a person but had become a climate of opinion. That is about as effusive a compliment as one can imagine, and there are very few thinkers or writers who merit it. But one who undoubtedly does is Jane Austen. She is not only a climat...

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