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The Many Lovers Of Jane Austen

Airs Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Professor Amanda Vickery with Martin the Jane Austen Centre Meeter and Greeter at the Guildhall Fayre.

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 Jane Austen Centre, Bath is on Facebook.

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Preview: The Many Lovers Of Jane Austen

The Many Lovers of Jane Austen, with Prof. Amanda Vickery from Matchlight on Vimeo.