Jacket Copy – “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.” “The Watsons” is not just overlooked: It’s unpublished. It was begun, then abandoned, by Austen in 1804, after she’d drafted “Sense and Sensibility” but seven years before its publication. Austen got about one-fourth of the way through the manuscript of “The Watsons” before abandoning the manuscript.”
Jacket Copy – “A copy of the Harper Lee classic “To Kill a Mockingbird” sold on the website AbeBooks for $25,000 last week. It was a first edition, signed by the author herself.
When “To Kill a Mockingbird” was published in 1960, Lee was living in New York City, like many other authors. But she later moved back to Alabama and withdrew from mainstream publishing. For many years, Lee has declined interviews and lived a quiet life away from the spotlight. When she was awarded the National Medal of Arts earlier this year, she did not attend.”