A news article published in November 2011 revealed that Jane Austen might have died of arsenic poisoning. Arsenic was a common ingredient in medicines of the time.
This month marks the 200th anniversary of one of the most popular novels in English literature: "Pride and Prejudice" written by Jane Austen was published on January 28, 1813. Since then, it has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. Below is the title page from the first edition of the first volume of "Pride and Prejudice". Here are a couple of interesting links:
Pride and Prejudice: A Jane Austen interactive. Compiled by THE GUARDIAN. Leading writers give an alternative reading of its characters.
The pass can be checked out by Hamden residents with valid Hamden Public Library cards. One pass per family. The pass covers cost of parking, where there is an established parking charge. Parking fees are charged at all four state park beaches on Long Island Sound as well as several inland parks. The pass also covers admission for two adults and four children at state historical sites and exhibit centers at Dinosaur, Fort Trumbull and Gillette Castle State Parks.
Please note that starting Monday, February 25 the museum at Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill will be closed for construction. The tentative reopening date is April 4.
Come to the info desk at Miller Library, 2901 Dixwell Ave. to check out and return our museum passes.
Newer book acquisitions of interest to fans of Jane Austen (click on the cover for link to the online catalog)
In second position is "Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man" by Walter Stahr.
In third position is "Sick from Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering During the Civil War and Reconstruction" by Jim Downs. In fourth position is "Nature Next Door: Cities and Trees in the American Northeast" by Ellen Stroud. In fifth position "The Patriarch: the remarkable life and turbulent times of Joseph P. Kennedy" by David Nasaw.
On November 14, 1851 (161 years ago) Herman Melville's masterwork MOBY DICK was first published in the United States.
Beginning this Friday evening, more than 160 New Yorkers will be participating in a marathon style reading
of MOBY DICK. This event (New York City's first) will take place over three days and at three independent bookstores.
Each participant has been assigned a 10-minute time slot. For more information, read the article by Amanda Petrusich
See what our library has to offer about MOBY DICK by clicking here.