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Issue Date: 21/02/2013
Issue Name: Celebrating Jane Austen - 200th Anniversary
Producer: Buckingham Covers
To commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the publication of her most celebrated novel, Royal Mail are paying tribute to revered English author, Jane Austen with a set of 6 stamps. This beautiful cover features a sweeping panoramic of the Royal Cresent in Bath, the epitome of Georgian architecture and a wonderful portrait of Miss Austen herself. It is available signed by English film, television and theatre actress, Susannah Harker.
Renowned English author, Jane Austen is noted for her wit, social observation and insights into the lives of early 19th century women among the middle and upper classes.
Jane was born on 16 December 1775 in Steventon, Hampshire. She was one of eight children of a clergyman and grew up in a close family. In 1801 the family moved to new Georgian city, Bath. It was after the death of her father in 1805 that Jane, her sister Cassandra and their mother, moved several times finally settling in Chawton, near Steventon. It was here she was to pen most of her work.
Her first novel, 'Sense and Sensibility', appeared in 1811. Her next novel, 'Pride and Prejudice', which she described as her "own darling child" received rave reviews and celebrates it’s 200th Anniversary in February 2013. 'Mansfield Park' followed in 1814, then 'Emma' in 1816.
Jane’s health began to suffer in 1816, probably due to Addison's disease. She travelled often to Winchester to receive treatment, and died there on 18 July 1817 at the age of only 41, and was buried at Winchester Cathedral. Jane never married. Two more novels, 'Persuasion' and 'Northanger Abbey' were published posthumously and a seventh, final novel was left incomplete.
Included in the performances on screen of heroine Elizabeth Bennett and the dashing Mr Darcy are greats such as Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson in 1940, a hugely popular Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth in 1995 and Kiera Knightley and Matthew McFadyen in 2005. Other Jane Austen novels also proved to be hits on the big screen, with Sense and Sensibility, earning screenwriter and star Emma Thompson an Academy Award and Gwynneth Paltrow’s wonderful portrayal of ‘Emma’.
Jane Austen has left a legacy that continues to enthrall readers and audiences today, two centuries on, endearing herself as one of the most popular and beloved authors of all time.
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Susannah Harker is an English film, television, and theatre actor. She was nominated for a BAFTA TV Award in 1990 for her role as Mattie Storin in House of Cards.