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Now in its 14th year of publication, this magazine was created to offer the discerning reader a stimulating selection of excellent original writing. Black Lamb Review is a literate rather than a literary publication. Regular columns by writers in a variety of geographic locations and vocations are supplemented by features, reviews, articles on books and authors, and a selection of “departments,” including an acerbic advice column and a lamb recipe.

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A Week in Literary History

December 16th, 2002

In 1775, English novelist Jane Austen (Emma, 1815) is born in Steventon, Hampshire.

Jane Austen, b. December 16, 1775, d. 1817

The Divine Jane may be the most loved writer in all of English literature, and she deserves the adulation. Her narrative technique, far ahead of its time, has never been bettered, and her style — clear, flexible, animated — is perfect for revealing the humor and nuance in her rich, complicated stories. One returns to her novels with a sense of awe and gratitude. Start with Northanger Abbey, the earliest written and last published, and finish with the masterpieces Pride and Prejudice and Emma, where her protagonists practically leap off the page in their complex vitality.

Suggested Reading Novels Sense and Sensibility, 1811. Pride and Prejudice, 1813. Mansfield Park, 1814. Emma, 1815. Persuasion, 1818. Northanger Abbey, 1818.

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