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Writers & Company: The Jane Austen panel

Highlighting books and their authors, new works and old classics, fiction and non-fiction, the CBC Radio program Writers and Company is devoted to the world of reading. Hosted by thoughtful and knowledgeable broadcaster Eleanor Wachtel since its creation in 1991, the program features the best in the written word from Canada and around the world.

Call 1996 the Year of Jane. Four of Jane Austen's six novels have been dramatized for television and the big screen, winning Austen - who was born in 1775 - writer-of-the-year accolades. Why is Austen so popular right now? Are the film adaptations faithful to her work? And is it legitimate for two characters in the movie to share a passionate kiss -  something never hinted at in the books? In this clip, CBC Radio's Writers and Company assembles a panel with Austen devotees Fay Weldon, Marilyn Butler and Claire Tomlin to discuss Jane-mania.
• The Jane Austen Society of North America, founded in 1979, has some 4,000 members and holds an annual conference on all things Austen.

• The 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice made a star of actor Colin Firth, who plays Mr. Darcy. Women in particular swooned over a scene in which a fully clothed Darcy emerges from a lake. Firth also played the character of Mark Darcy in Bridget Jones's Diary, which was inspired by Pride and Prejudice.

Medium: Radio
Program: Writers & Company
Broadcast Date: Jan. 14, 1996
Guest(s): Marilyn Butler, Claire Tomlin, Fay Weldon
Host: Eleanor Wachtel
Duration: 47:08
This clip was edited for copyright reasons.

Last updated: February 2, 2012

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