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October 10, 2007



The portrait is not as little known as you think. I bought a fridge magnet version on my last visit to Chawton, where the gift shop also has it on a tea towel, biscuit tin and children's lunch box.

Otis Jefferson Brown

This portrait comes as a shock only to scholars who are in denial, or who fail to recognize the layers of “Freudience” in Austen’s oeuvre. That term was coined in the 1950s by the poet-mathematician-polymath Richard Mothpan. Surely you remember Mothpan; his probing analyses and poems appeared in that short-lived literary journal The Muse’s Anvil.

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