J.B Priestly in The Prince of Pleasure , his entertaining survey of the Regency, writes these lines about the year 1817 in which the Prince Regent’s much-wronged wife, Queen Charlotte, died.
More delight to more people
“Another woman, only 41, slipped quietly away .. and was buried in Winchester Cathedral. This, of course, was Jane Austen, who has probably given more delight to more English-speaking-people than any other woman who has ever lived.”
Mawson’s Guardian here splutters, “That should read, More than any other PERSON, Dammee, Priestly.” But the patriarchal Priestly does redeem himself in the next passage.
Next to Shakespeare
“Though she made no stir with the public, it is a mistake to imagine that her exquisite work was not appreciated in her own time. The Regent himself was among her admirers, as were Scott, Coleridge, Southey, Sydney Smith and Lord Holland. In the next age Macaulay placed her next to Shakespeare as a creator of character.”
Vale, Jane Austen, who still gives the world so much pleasure after 200 years.
You are in the Blob of Baffled Bear Books, by Mark, Mawson Bear’s Guardian
The bears did find all of Austen books and much other Regency material lying about the house, strangely enough. Possibly an Austen-phile lives here. Naturally they got their paws on it all. Because, as everyone knows, Bears Read Books.