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Sun July 17, 2011
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Jane Austen Manuscript Sells For $1.6M

Originally published on Sun July 17, 2011 10:23 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, host: Forget "Pride and Promiscuity." Never mind "Sense and Sensibility" and "Sea Monsters." Now there is a real Jane Austen manuscript to behold. This week, at Sotheby's in London, an unfinished novel by the adored author, sold at auction for just under one million pounds. That's about $1.6 million.

"The Watsons" is the story of a young woman who returns home to her father's household after being brought up by a wealthy aunt. According to the BBC, the novel was written in 1804 and is the only surviving original draft of a novel by Ms. Austen. And a draft it was - complete with revisions and crossings out. And we're guessing now, notes for a future story about zombies forming a book group. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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