Jane Austen joins Murray Archive exhibition

Olivier and Garson in film scene
'Pride and Prejudice',
1940.

Novelist Jane Austen is the latest literary figure to be included in the National Library of Scotland's John Murray Archive exhibition. She joins other noted authors who were published by John Murray, including Lord Byron, Sir Walter Scott and David Livingstone.

Evidence of modest success

Austen (1775-1817) pioneered a new kind of fiction, and challenged social expectations for women by pursuing a career as a novelist. Material from the publishing archive shows that she only had modest success during her lifetime. Among items on display will be:

  • A cheque payable to Jane Austen for more than £38
  • A sales subscription book with details of poor sales for Mansfield Park
  • A letter from Austen about slow progress in getting Emma published.
Pride and Prejudice special screening

Edinburgh Filmhouse has a special screening of 'Pride and Prejudice' on Monday 16 June. The 1940 version of Austen's popular novel, starring Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson, is being shown to mark the author's arrival in the exhibition.

Read more about the Jane Austen exhibits in our JMA exhibition press release.

12 June 2008



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