Newswire: U.K.’s Jane Austen banknote doesn’t seem to understand Pride And Prejudice

Earlier this week, Jane Austen became the first woman writer to be featured on a bank note in the United Kingdom. The Pride And Prejudice author joins such other literary greats as Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare, though the Austen £10 banknote is the only one currently in circulation. At the unveiling, which marked the 200th anniversary of Austen’s death, Bank Of England governor Mark Carney explained why she was singled out for the honor. “Austen’s novels have a universal appeal and speak as powerfully today as they did when they were first published.” And he’s absolutely right about that: the incisive commentary on gender and class oppression in her work is, among other aspects, still pertinent today. But whether or not the person who selected the quote that’s been printed on all these portrait-filled banknotes has actually read one of Austen’s most popular novels …

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