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The Lost Books of Jane Austen

In the nineteenth century, inexpensive editions of Jane Austen's novels targeted to Britain's working classes were sold at railway stations, traded for soap wrappers, and awarded as school prizes. At just pennies a copy, these reprints were one of the earliest mass-market paperbacks, with Austen's beloved stories squeezed into tight columns on thin, cheap paper.

Professor Janine Barchas, the Louann and Larry Temple Centennial Professor in English Literature, University of Texas at Austin, introduces us to these hard-lived bargain books that made a substantial difference to Austen's early readership.

Presented by the University of Otago Centre for the Book.

Date Wednesday, 21 August 2019
Time 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Audience Public
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Lecture
CampusDunedin
DepartmentEnglish and Linguistics
LocationMoot Court, Richardson Building (10th floor)
CostFree
Contact NameDonald Kerr, The University of Otago Centre for the Book
Contact Emaildonald.kerr@otago.ac.nz

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