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Charming 19th Century Illustrations Of Jane Austen’s Works Released For Your Swooning Pleasure

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Images from 19th century editions of Jane Austen’s novels have entered into the public domain. Thanks to The British Library, we get to see what artists thought Austen’s characters looked like before Hollywood got to them. Here’s a sampling from Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.

If you like what you see, you can purchase high-quality copies from The British Library. Just follow the links on their individual Flickr pages.

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."

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