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Jane Austen Dies

Celebrated English author Jane Austen died at the age of 41 on July 18, 1817. There is much confusion regarding the cause of her death, but common theories include Addison’s disease, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, bovine tuberculosis, and Brill-Zinsser disease (a form of typhus).

During her lifetime, many of her works were published anonymously and only after her death was she credited as the author. Her most famous novels, including Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Mansfield ParkNorthanger Abbey and Persuasion, were published posthumously in 1818.

Many of Jane’s novels surround the issue of women’s dependence on marriage for upward mobility, status, and financial security. International acclaim didn’t come for over a century after her death; in the 1920s, Jane’s works were reissued to the public garnering widespread popularity.

She is now considered one of the greatest writers in English history, and there have been several successful film and television adaptations of her novels.

Sources: Biography, Wikipedia

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Hugh Laurie’s Birthday

English actor, comedian, and accomplished musician Hugh Laurie was born on June 11, 1959 in Oxford, England.

Although he had been acting since 1981, Hugh Laurie’s claim to fame didn’t come until 2004 when he began playing Dr. Gregory House on the hit television drama, House, M.D.. For this role he received two Golden Globe Awards, two SAG Awards, and six Emmy nominations. Hugh Laurie was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records in 2011 for being the highest paid actor in a television drama, raking in over $400,000 per episode.

In addition to being one of the most watched leading men on TV, Hugh Laurie has also starred in films like Sense and Sensibility, 101 Dalmatians, Stuart Little, Monsters vs. Aliens, and Street Kings. He has also had a successful musical career, releasing two albums titled Let Them Talk and Didn’t It Rain.

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography

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