A Jane Austen Reading Room

A Jane Austen Reading Room

Living Rooms Project; project to reinterpret the period rooms at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Department of Decorative Arts, Textiles and Sculpture; Jennifer Komar Olivarez, curator-in-charge The Minneapolis Institute of Art has restyled their Queen Anne period living room into an Austen-inspired literary retreat in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Emma. Their new Jane Austen Reading Room contains a pair of bookshelves stocked with a huge range of books related to Austen and, above the fireplace, two portraits - one of Jane and on of Edward Austen— look out into the room. Also included is a modern reproduction of Jane's traveling writing desk. The MIA's hope is that it will allow fans of Jane's work to sample a little of the environment that she lived in.
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