Jane Austen in the Literary Marketplace | University of Oxford

Jane Austen in the Literary Marketplace

Speaker
Emma Clery, Professor of English, Southampton
Event date
Event time
13:00 - 13:45
Venue
Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 3BG
Venue details

The Weston Lecture theatre

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Recommended

In October 1817 the publisher John Murray sent the first and only cheque Jane Austen received from him in her lifetime, profits from sales of Emma minus losses from the second edition of Mansfield Park, for the pitifully small amount of 38 pounds, 18 shillings and one penny.  This talk tells the story behind the cheque, exploring a risk-taking attitude towards the publishing world that was as distinctive at the time as her innovative masterpieces.