In the new edition of Persuasions Online, I strongly recommend the article
by my good friend, Linda Robinson Walker, entitled "Jane Austen’s Death:
The Long Reach of Typhus?":
You will recall that I recommended Linda's article about Tom Lefroy and
Jane Austen last week, and this article speculating in a very informed and
insightful way about the cause of Jane's death is a worthy successor to
LInda's two prior Persuasions Online articles.
- Deirdre Le Faye & Me: "I am a scholar, she is a scholar: so far we are equal"
- Darcy's "We neither of us perform to strangers": a Radical New Interpretation
- The Hunger Games’s Veiled Allusion to Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus
- August Wayne Booth in Once Upon A Time: Jane Austen Really IS Everywhere in 2012!
- Rick Santorum would have been the worst person in the world to Jane Austen too!
- 20 shades of hero/villain Mr. Darcy
- The Great Gadsby: an overnight lesbian feminist ‘comedy’ sensation 10+ years in the making (& 3 millenia overdue)
- Austenland: The Movie was Fun, but the Novel was Better [SPOILER ALERT as to both]
- Can Jane Austen forgive Marianne?
- The secret codeword Shakespeare devilishly hid in plain sight in Romeo & Juliet that Shakespeare Uncovered DIDN’T uncover—but John Milton (and then I) did!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
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I am surprised you do not believe that Jane Austen was poisoned. How do you account for the arsenic discovered in her lock of hair? I believe her symptoms of blotching are the same as for arsenic poisoning, which was widely used at this period.
If she was poisoned, the arsenic would have had to have been administered over a period of time in her food by her sister Cassandra. I believe you mentioned in one of your articles about something in the letters which suggested this. It was extremely convenient that she died just after all of the novels had been completely revised for publication by Jane Austen and her brother Henry in London between 1813 and 1817. In fact it was an extraordinary coincidence that she died just after everything was completed. There is also the extraordinary question of why the author ceased writing any novels in 1813 (Jane Austen's letter to her sister of 29 January 1813 mentions that all of the novels were completed by this date and even gives the prices to be charged for each of them). So, Jane Austen stopped writing any novels by 1813 and devoted the next four years to preparing the existing ones for publication, and just after she had done this, she died. An extraordinary coincidence. How do you explain this?
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