Jane Austen gets a new gig as face of the ten-pound note

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Image Credit: Bank of England via Bloomberg

First the Royal Baby and now news that Jane Austen will replace Charles Darwin as the face of the British Ten Pound note? Wow, England is having quite a week.

The legendary author of classics like Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Sense and Sensibility will have her bonneted profile printed on the new Ten Pound note, which will be released in 2017.  Austen’s charming quote —  “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!” — graces the bottom of the bill.

Austen’s PR rep must be really good at their job: The author’s fandom is reaching a fever pitch, with the new film Austenland telling the tale of a hotel where singletons can act out on their most romantic Austen fantasies, and websites the world over celebrating Emma — I mean Clueless‘s — 18th anniversary this week.

 

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