Here are a few things you may not know about Jane Austen, my Fantasy Dinner date:
- She had seven brothers and sisters and was the youngest girl.
- Mark Twain hated her novels.
- She is believed to have suffered from Addison’s disease, leading to her death in 1817 at age 41. JFK had it too.
There’s a longer list here for current or budding Austenites and, thankfully, thousands more across the web. If I can’t have dinner with her, at least I can learn enough about her to pretend I did.