1055 JANE AUSTEN’S CAPE CONNECTION
Finuala Dowling, poet and novelist
Jane Austen died two hundred years ago on 18 July 1817. In her last completed novel, Persuasion, a character who has spent some time at the Cape proves pivotal to the plot. This lunchtime lecture unravels what Austen may have known about the Cape, and the small but significant role this knowledge played in the fiction of a writer whose posthumous fame has almost equalled Shakespeare’s.
Austen, J. Persuasion. (Any edition.)