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Jane Austen

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Even though Jane Austen died in 1817, the English author’s works – like “Sense and Sensibility” and “Pride and Prejudice” – have lived on for more than two hundred years.

Laura Runge, the chair of the University of South Florida Department of English, thinks she knows why.

The Fiore sisters

This weekend, Natalia and Jennifer Fiore are living the dream of Jane Austen fans.

They're attending a conference at England's Cambridge University to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Austen's magnum opus, Pride and Prejudice. They'll also attend a regency ball, eat the kinds of foods served in Austen's time and visit the final home ofAusten in the town of Chawton. That is where they will see Austen's unfinished last manuscript, Sanditon.