There is a lovely exhibit now at the Morgan Library in New York: A Woman's Wit: Jane Austen's Life and Legacy. It will run from Nov. 6, 2009 to March 14, 2010. Jane Austen (1775-1817) is one of the greatest British novelists. The Morgan library owns several of Jane Austen's few surviving letters. Some of these rare letters are on display, as well as drawings and prints of important people, places and events in Austen's life. To accompany the exhibit, the Morgan Library has scheduled various gallery talks, lectures, family programs, and film screenings. And there is an online exhibition as well with selected images, facsimiles, and a short documentary film. For our library's holdings on Jane Austen click here. For a selection of websites on Jane Austen click here. See also the article by Edward Rothstein as published in the New York Times. Update: On Dec. 2, 2009 the New York Times reported on a new theory on Jane Austen's Death. PBS will broadcast several new film adaptations of Jane Austen's novels, starting on January 24. For more information and other additional background information, go the PBS Masterpiece website.
The 2010 schedule can be accessed here.