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Available Expert - Literary world celebrates 200 years of Jane Austen

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Queen’s University expert Robert Morrison is available to comment on the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen. The English novelist died on July 18, 1817. She is known primarily for her six major novels which comment on British life at the beginning of the 19th century. The Bank of England recently confirmed Austen will appear on the new 10 pound note being released in September.

“Jane Austen is one of our very most important novelists, and the bicentenary of her death gives us the chance to reflect on her immense achievement,” says Dr. Morrison. “She told some of our greatest love stories with sparkling humour, but her novels are also remarkable for the ways in which they champion self-respect and human dignity.”

Dr. Morrison recently had an opinion piece published by Oxford University Press on Jane Austen.

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