Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors
Airs Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020 at 11 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV
Thursday, January 9, 2020
Credit: Courtesy of American Public Television
—Film Explores the Novelist’s Architectural Inspirations—
Austen lived in two different worlds for much of her life, as her family moved from prosperity to poverty and back again.
Austen is known for her usage of houses and property as central themes to her novels, and much of her creativity comes from her personal experiences.
Worsley recreates a carriage journey the cash-strapped Austens took to unsuccessfully obtain a share of the inheritance from a recently widowed relative.
As Worsley discovers, Austen changed homes frequently based on their economic situation, from seaside apartments to grand, stately homes.
Along the way, Worsley uncovers how these places became the inspiration for settings in many of Austen’s novels.
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