Jane Austen received critical acclaim during her lifetime, but don’t achieve fame until after her death. It’s the subject of ASU English professor Devoney Looser’s latest book, “The Making of Jane Austen,” which comes out this summer ahead of the 200th anniversary of the British novelist’s death. Here, Looser presents five things to know about the author.
"Tea was so valuable in Jane’s era that it was kept in a locked 'tea caddy' like this one, and Jane was the keeper of the key. ... A small brass or silver scoop called a tea ladle was used to measure out the tea leaves. In 1808, Jane Austen recorded her mother’s purchase of 'a silver tea ladle' and '6 whole teaspoons which makes our sideboard border on the magnificent.'" - Syrie James http://austenauthors.net/jane-austens-house-museum-my-visit-in-pictures
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Volume the First: A Facsimile, by Jane Austen, ed. Kathryn Sutherland (Bodleian Library, 2013). "In it, we see the young author's delight in language, in expressing ideas and sentiments sharply and economically. We also see Jane Austen learning the craft of genre by closely observing and parodying the popular stories of her day."