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On the Books: Recovered letters suggest Jane Austen's brother bartered for more than pickles in the West Indies

Newly recovered letters suggest Jane Austen’s brother Charles sought out a relationship with famed novelists the Porters to further his sister’s reputation. Additional letters document his frequent visits to the West Indian madams, free mixed-race women “who almost certainly sold more than pickles and rooms.” (The New York Times)

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On the Books: Here's what Jane Austen looked like, according to a forensic artist

Jane Austen

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A forensic artist has constructed what might be the most accurate artistic rendition of Jane Austen. It’s based on sketches made of Austen while she was alive and descriptions written down about her by her contemporaries. But, like all waxworks, her eyes will always have a dull, dead look, despite the red in her face. [The Guardian]

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On the Books: Jane Austen portrait sells for $270,000; federal judge dismisses booksellers' lawsuit against publishers

Jane Austen

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Wednesday’s books headlines includes the selling of Jane Austen portrait, an end to the legal battle between indie booksellers and publishing houses, and some bad news for Mike Tyson. Read on for those stories and more below:

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On the Books: Dreamworks acquires rights to Doris Kearns Goodwin's next book; Jane Austen portrait to be sold at auction

Doris Kearns Goodwin

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Happy Halloween! Below, some haunting reads and spooky lists. But in other news, Doris Kearns Goodwin’s new book has been snatched up by Dreamworks for a film adaptation, while writers are bickering over an updated Jane Austen portrait.

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On the Books: Kelly Clarkson gives up Jane Austen's ring; Banned Books Week in full swing

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Happy Banned Books Week! To celebrate, we’ve got some recommended banned books, a study on book censorship and a list of most frequently challenged books. In other news, what do Jane Austen and Kelly Clarkson have in common? Why is Paula Deen in today’s news roundup? The answers and more headlines below:

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