Today is Jane Austen’s birthday. Though her books have become “classics” worldwide, like many other great writers, her works were mostly ignored when they were originally published. Her renown came around fifty years after her death when her nephew wrote a memoir of his aunt (A Memoir of Jane Austen) which was published in 1869. This led to the republishing of her novels and the the “Jane-mania” which became known as “Janeolatry.”
If you are like so many and have avoided reading Jane (mostly because of your eleventh grade English class) go ahead and pick her up. She’s not Flannery O’Connor . . . but she’s still really good.