"A Woman's Wit: Jane Austen's Life and Legacy" Exhibition

The Morgan Library & Museum

poster for "A Woman's Wit: Jane Austen's Life and Legacy" Exhibition

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This exhibition explores the life, work, and legacy of Jane Austen (1775–1817), regarded as one of the greatest English novelists. Offering a close-up portrait of the iconic British author, whose popularity has surged over the last two decades with numerous motion picture and television adaptations of her work, the show provides tangible intimacy with Austen through the presentation of more than 100 works, including her manuscripts, personal letters, and related materials, many of which the Morgan has not exhibited in over a quarter century. "A Woman's Wit: Jane Austen's Life and Legacy" also includes first and early illustrated editions of Austen's novels as well as drawings and prints depicting people, places, and events of biographical significance. A highlight of the exhibition is a specially commissioned film by the noted Italian director Francesco Carrozzini, featuring interviews with artists and scholars such as Siri Hustvedt, Fran Lebowitz, Sandy Lerner, Colm Tóibín, Harriet Walter, and Cornel West. The exhibition is organized into three sections: Austen's life and personal letters, her works, her legacy, and concludes with the documentary-style film.

[Image: Isabel Bishop "Scene from Pride and Prejudice: "The examination of all the letters which Jane had written to her." (20th c.) pen and black ink, gray wash, over pencil]



from November 06, 2009 to March 14, 2010

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