Mad About Jane, Lizzie and Mr. Darcy

Jane Austen was born in December 1775.  Austen's work fell into obscurity after her death in 1817, but renewed interest in Austen's novels began to develop in the 20th century.  This interest intensified after Colin Firth played Mr. Darcy in a 1995 BBC serialization of Pride and Prejudice

Austen's work has inspired numerous authors.  Petworth Library has a display of Austen's work and some of the authors inspired by her, including:

Prom and Prejudice Prom and Prejudice
Dashwood Sisters Tell All The Dashwood Sisters Tell All
Jane and the Canterbury Tale Jane and the Canterbury Tale
Jane Austen Book Club Jane Austen Book Club