A Woman’s Wit: Jane Austen’s Life and Legacy

Friday, January 15, 2010

Declan Kiely, Robert H. Taylor Curator, and Clara Drummond, Assistant Curator, Morgan Library and Museum, discuss the exhibition "A Woman’s Wit: Jane Austen’s Life and Legacy." The exhibition showcases Jane Austen's (1775–1817) distinctive voice and explores why she and her writing continue to enthrall and inspire us nearly two hundred years after her death. "A Woman’s Wit: Jane Austen’s Life and Legacy." is on view at Morgan Library and Museum through March 14.

There's a slideshow of images and more information about the exhibition here.

Events: There are a number of public programs for "A Woman’s Wit: Jane Austen’s Life and Legacy" at the Morgan Library, including lectures and discussions, films, and gallery talks. More information and a schedule of events is available here.


Clara Drummond, and Declan Kiely
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Comments [3]

Christopher Darcy from UWS

A wonderful program! I am looking forward to seeing the exhibit.
Jane Austen is endlessly amusing, and
always re-readable.

Jan. 20 2010 05:27 PM
Mary Ann from Queens

A very informative interview, a nice introduction to the excellent show at the Morgan. For those who love Jane Austen, there is nothing like seeing her actual letters and manuscripts. I was very moved to see Cassandra's letter to their niece announcing Jane's death.

The exhibit nicely ties in Jane Austen's life, her work, her times, and her legacy.

Austen needs no one in power to champion her, because she inspires devotion all on her own. She is one of the greatest writers in English, and, as Mr. Kiely pointed out, an astute chronicler of human nature, a psychological expert before Freud ever practiced, and... she's funny!

Jan. 17 2010 07:13 PM

Ha. No comments.
OK, I actually listened to the program, and I ready to answer to the question: "Why is Jane so popular?"
Well, maybe she isn't so popular after all, in spite efforts of those in power to promote her. As someone who used to own a TV set, wondered for a moment why were "Masterpieces" promoted by the OLIN foundation and found an answer, I am ready to state officially that she is somehow popular, because someone wants the population to feel for ladies and gentlemen, instead of doing what any intelligent, educated people would do, namely protest the Social Darwinist, "dog eats dog," "kissing up and kicking down" reality of this country.
You see it's simple.

Jan. 15 2010 05:01 PM

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