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Charlotte Brontë Visits New York City

Charlotte Brontë's day dress. Photo credit: Graham Haber, The Morgan Library & Museum, Brontë Parsonage Museum The NY Times reports on a fantastic new Brontë show opening today at the Morgan Library, "Charlotte Brontë: An Independent Will." It includes the wool and cotton dress above, totally amazing miniature manuscripts she used to write and illustrate, and the manuscript to Jane Eyre itself, one of literature's greatest treasures. The museum is also being loaned the famous portrait of Charlotte, Emily and Anne, painted by their brother Branwell.   A must-see show. I bet it will be a sensation among the general public as well as those who "option u" before typing the "e." It is open through January 2, 2017.  Do we...

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Unlike Our Jane Austen Sticker, Her Ring Is Unavailable for Purchase

Do you want to buy Jane's turquoise and gold ring? You are out of luck if you are not a British citizen. It has been declared a national treasure. In 2013, The Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest declared it so, and singer Kelly Clarkson's bid to buy it and take it out of the country wasn't allowed. It is now housed at Jane Austen's House Museum, where you can buy a replica. Clarkson, who had actually purchased the ring, was really nice about it and said she was happy it was going to the museum. I wonder if Jane wore it on her writing hand. By the way, you can buy the...

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