London, July 19: The most-acclaimed novelist of the 19th century, Jane Austen, also considered as a literary icon will be the new face of the first ever plastic £10 note. Yes, the author of Pride and Prejudice (1813), Sense and Sensibility (1811) amongst others is one of the most celebrated novelists across the world. Popularly known as “tenners” in Britain, the new note will be available to the public from September.
The note was unveiled yesterday on Austen’s 200th death anniversary by Bank of England. Austen will be the only woman apart from Queen to appear on a modern British banknote after Florence Nightingale in 1975 £10 note. Governor of BoE Mark Carney at the launch of the new note said, “Ten pounds would have meant a lot to Jane Austen, about the same as £1000 ($1640) would mean to us today.” Furthermore, the good news for all the readers is that the new note will bear a quote from her first novel, Sense and Sensibility, “ I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!”.
Born in 1775 in the village of Steventon, Austen loved to read stories to her family and friends. Her brilliant works reflected ‘realism’ genre which was new during that era and created much ripples. Readers did take time to adapt her stories at first as it spoke widely on the lines of elite and wealthy families from the 19th century. However, amidst all the grapevine, she gracefully emerged as the most famous British authors of all time.