Posts Tagged ‘novelists’

Happy 238th Birthday, Jane Austen. You Go Girl!

December 16, 2013

Happy 238th Birthday Jane Austen. You Go Girl!

Miss Jane Austen celebrates her 238th birthday today, December 16th, four days after the 200th anniversary of the publication of her novel Pride and Prejudice. Whilst she modestly declines comment, Miss Austen’s Facebook friends are celebrating with country dancing, house visits, cream tea, sherry, dramatic programmes, and contests. How jolly!


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Image (“Jane Austen’s Facebook Profile, after Ozias Humphry”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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Elmore Leonard, 1925 – 2013

August 23, 2013

Elmore Leonard, 1925 - 2013

Author Elmore Leonard has died. He wrote 50 novels and left out the parts readers tend to skip over.

“Elmore Leonard: A Man of Few, Yet Perfect, Words,” Janet Maslin, New York Times

“Novelist Elmore Leonard elevated crime thriller, mastered dialogue,” Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press

“Elmore Leonard’s Cowboy Economics,” Marc Herman, Pacific Standard

“Pelecanos talks Leonard,” Jocelyn McClurg, USA Today


Jane Austen, Teen Queen

June 21, 2012

Jane Austen, Teen Queen

New evidence suggests that a 1789 painting by Ozias Humphry is a portrait of a 13-year-old Jane Austen. Using digital photo analysis, Stephen Cole of Acume Forensics discovered faint written inscriptions on the canvas identifying the budding author and the artist.

Wealthy lawyer Francis Austen had his portrait painted by Ozias Humphry, and young Miss Austen probably sat for the artist while visiting great uncle Francis in Kent. Perhaps she snuck away from her uncle’s house to hang out with other teens at the Sevenoaks Shopping Centre food court.