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The Jane Austen panel

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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.

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.

Did You know?


• 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.


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