Dying for Jane: obituaries in the time of Jane Austen

Jane Austen

A ‘Fridays at the Library’ event, Friday 3 May, 3.30pm in the Noel Stockdale Room, Central Library, Flinders University.

Newspaper obituaries were well established by the time of Jane Austen. Yet then (as now) they were generally afforded to rich, powerful men. Austen was none of these, thus her death notices were sparse. Tim Bullamore, UK-based obituary writer and editor of Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine compares those that did appear with contemporary obituaries, particularly the widespread lamenting of the death of the Prince Regent’s daughter, Princess Charlotte, who died a few months after Jane Austen in November 1817.

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