Happy Birthday, Miss Jane Austen!

Miss Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775, making today her 246th birthday.

The Hamilton County Law Library would like to celebrate Miss Austen’s birthday by thanking her for creating some of the most memorable places and characters in all of English literature.

And, for inspiring generations of property professors and students with what is perhaps the best illustration of a fee tail male, as evidenced in Pride and Prejudice.

Therefore, in honor of Miss Austen’s illustrious birthday, we would like to share just some of our Austen themed materials available through your library subscription.

These include:

Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal  (available on Westlaw)

As well as the following journal articles, available on both Westlaw and HeinOnline:

A Funhouse Mirror of Law: The Entailment in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, 41 Ga. J. Int’l & Comp. L. 609 (2012-2013)

John Austin or Jane Austen—The Providence of Jurisprudence Determined in Pride and Prejudice, 4 Law Text Culture 1 (1998)

The Jane Austen Plan Club: Lessons for Estate Planners and Their Clients from the Life and Novels of Jane Austen, 47 Real Prop. Tr & Est. L.J. 501 (Winter 2014)

Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, and the Marital Property Law, 21 Harv. Women’s L.J. 179 (1998)

Law and Literature: Austen on Estates and Trusts, 43 Md. B.J. 50 (2010)

Pride and Prejudice: Lessons Legal Writers Can Learn from Literature, 21 Touro L. Rev. 349 (2005-2006)

Pride and Prejudice and Proof: Quotidian Factfinding and Rules of Evidence, 55 Hastings L.J. 697 (2003-2004)

A Prospective Analysis of Family Fragmentation: Baby Mama Drama Meets Jane Austen, 29 BYU J. Pub. L. 327 (2014-2015)

Reading Jane Austen through the Lens of the Law: Legal Issues in Austen’s Life and Novels, 27 DePaul J. Art Tech. & Intell. Prop. L 115 (2016-2017)

As Miss Austen herself noted, “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”

Thus, please feel free to contact the HCLL reference team at 513-946-5300 or reference@cms.hamilton-co.org if you are interested in any of these articles, or additional Jane Austen articles.