Thursday, May 18, 2006

Jane Austen

Did I write this already? Her first novel, Northanger Abby, was purchased for 10 pounds or so, but the publisher wouldn't publish it--or return it without getting his 10 pounds back.

She had submitted the ms. under the name "A Lady" (or something).

So...the publisher held the novel for 13 (thirteen!) years.

Then Jane's brother ransomed the novel, for 10 pounds.

And as he was leaving, he told the publisher...the author of this novel went on to write such celebrated novels as Mansfield Park, Pride & Prejudice, and Emma.