A BODY OF WORK THAT WILL NEVER DIE

200-years since Jane published Pride & Prejudice from her Chawton home, Jane Austen continues to give pleasure to millions worldwide.

Jane's books have been translated into thirty-five languages and inspired countless adaptations, biographies, documentaries and re-imaginings. Having long been enjoyed by classical readers and scholars, Jane Austen has been propelled to international stardom in the last two decades, starting in 1995 with Colin Firth's iconic portrayal of Mr. Darcy in the acclaimed BBC television series Pride & Prejudice. Since then, there have been over seventy film and television adaptations of Austen's life and works that have featured A-listers such as Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Grant and Kate Beckinsale.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Emma (1996), Miramax Films.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Emma (1996), Miramax Films.

Emma Thompson & Kate Winslet in Sense & Sensibility (1995), Columbia Pictures.

Emma Thompson & Kate Winslet in Sense & Sensibility (1995), Columbia Pictures.

Keira Knightley in Pride & Prejudice (2005), Focus Features.

Keira Knightley in Pride & Prejudice (2005), Focus Features.

Colin Firth in Pride & Prejudice (1995) BBC TV.

Colin Firth in Pride & Prejudice (1995) BBC TV.

Each year thousands of 'Janeites' attend festivals and fairs to celebrate and bring to life Jane Austen's work, life and times. Jane Austen's House Museum in Chawton attracts visitors from around the globe and Chawton House, the home of Jane Austen's brother Edward, which Jane referred to as 'The Great House', has been magnificently restored as Chawton House Library, now a centre for the study of early English women's writing from 1600 - 1830.

200 years later, Jane's literary masterpieces are becoming ever more popular and continue to inspire writers and filmmakers across the world. Jane left a remarkable gift, which is out of copyright and free for us all to enjoy, with no royalties paid to Jane's estate. Jane was an advocate for education herself and the foundation was formed in Jane's honour, to thank her for the enjoyment, inspiration and the opportunity she has provided, and continues to provide to millions today.

If you have ever enjoyed, been inspired by or gained from Jane Austen and her writing, please donate to the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation, in honour of Jane. 

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