The cause of Jane Austen’s death has perplexed scholars for years, but a new perspective on her last letters may indicate that Addison’s Disease and Lymphoma were not the culprits. The Regency Lady of Letters may have actually died as a result of tuberculosis caught from cattle.
The public's obsession with Bella Swan may also be encouraging a resurgence of interest in gothic classics. Filmmakers plan to bring new versions of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre to the screen next year that will capitalize on the dark romance so popular in the Twilight series.
Ronlyn Domingue analyzes the disappointment of recieving a bad New York Times review.
The staff critics at the New York Times pick their top favorites of 2009.