The Life and Times of Jane Austen
Lecturer: Andrew Davies
Location: DESY rooms 4a/4b, Building 1. See map [193 KB]
Jane Austen was only 41 when she died, a not very successful author whose 4 books had received only tepid reviews. Today, however, she is rightly regarded as one of Britain's greatest writers.
Who was the real Jane Austen? What was her family like? How about sister Cassandra? Why do her novels read so well today?
We will explore the life and times of this most intriguing of figures, giving a flavour of her times.
Andrew is an Extra-Mural Tutor for London, Essex and The Open University and an author of 9 books, including "The East End Nobody Knows" He is also a frequent contributor to radio and television and has lectured all over the world. He organises walks to complement his lectures.
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To mark 200 years since Jane Austen’s death, prolific screenwriter and Bafta fellow Andrew Davies discusses his five steps for adapting Austen’s novels for the screen. Davies who is known for his award-winning 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice illustrates each point with clips and references from each of his Austen TV classics.