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Unfinished Jane Austen manuscript up for auction

LA Times Jacket Copy blog: Jane Austen’s unfinished manuscript goes up for auction

Jane Austen’s novels are so beloved that her fans debate which is best. “Emma” or “Pride and Prejudice”? “Sense and Sensibility” or “Persuasion,” or the underappreciated “Mansfield Park” or “Northanger Abbey”?

Seldom does anyone stand up for “The Watsons.”

It’s going to sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars, naturally. But, as Jacket Copy points out, you can view them for free online at Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts

Top 25 Favorite Writers

Much like for my favorite movies, here is a list of my Top 25 favorite writers.

  1. Vladimir Nabokov
  2. Ray Bradbury
  3. JRR Tolkien
  4. Kurt Vonnegut
  5. Douglas Adams
  6. Ursula K Le Guin
  7. Mark Twain

The rest in alphabetical order by last name:

  • Charlotte Brontë
  • Emily Brontë
  • Albert Camus
  • Raymond Chandler
  • Umberto Eco
  • James Ellroy
  • William Gibson
  • Spalding Gray
  • Franz Kafka
  • Milan Kundera
  • George Orwell
  • Dorothy Parker
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Muriel Spark
  • Bram Stoker
  • Jules Verne
  • Edith Wharton
  • HG Wells

Honorable Mentions

  • Jane Austen
  • Robert Benchley
  • George Carlin
  • Philip K Dick
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Jack Kerouac
  • Flannery O’Connor
  • William Shakespeare
  • Mary Shelley
  • Neal Stephenson
  • John Steinbeck
  • Bruce Sterling
  • Hunter S Thompson
  • Virginia Woolf
  • Oscar Wilde
  • PG Wodehouse