“Tho’ I like praise as well as anybody, I like what Edward calls Pewter too.”
–Jane Austen, Letter 1814
Okay, so let’s take a look at what Jane earned during her lifetime.
1803: 10 pounds from the publisher Richard Crosby for the manuscript of Susan, that was eventually published as Northanger Abbey.
1811: 140 pounds from the publisher Thomas Egerton for Sense and Sensibility. Eventually Jane earned approximately 150 pounds in profits.
1812: 110 pounds for Pride and Prejudice.
In her lifetime, Jane Austen earned about 700 pounds. In today’s money that ranges from about $14,000 to $35,000. I have even seen estimates up to $100,000. But let’s face it, Jane Austen was grossly underpaid.
As one Hollywood agent said to me: ” I would kill to represent that woman. I could get her multiple overall deals with every studio in town, plus a play-or-play for a series based on that Lizzie-I’m-not-prejudiced-chick. Sheesh, you sure she’s like dead?”
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