Professor Amanda Vickery (At Home with the Georgians) returns to mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's first novel Sense and Sensibility in THE MANY LOVERS OF JANE AUSTEN. When Jane Austen died her slight reputation appeared to die with her. Her books soon went out of print. Now, 200 years later, she sits at the summit of English literature and thanks to television and film adaptations, as well as the internet, she is an international cultural brand. What interests Amanda is how different periods and generations have looked for their own reflection in the characters and plots of the novels; the special explores what these reflections say about them, as well as the hold Jane Austen's fiction has on us now.
The Many Lovers of Jane Austen airs Sunday, August 5th at 9:30 p.m.