U.K. law­maker calls Austen among ‘great­est liv­ing au­thors’

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

LON­DON (AP) — A Bri­tish leg­is­la­tor has told Par­lia­ment that Jane Austen — who died two cen­turies ago — was one of Britain’s great­est liv­ing au­thors.

An­drea Lead­som quickly cor­rected her­self Thurs­day af­ter her com­ment pro­voked un­wanted laugh­ter in the House of Com­mons. Lead­som’s com­ment in Par­lia­ment came days af­ter the 200th an­niver­sary of the Austen’s death, when Britain un­veiled a new 10-pound ($13) note, fea­tur­ing the “Pride and Prej­u­dice’’ au­thor.

U.K. book­seller Water­stones tweeted in jest that it was mov­ing Austen’s vol­umes into its “liv­ing au­thors’’ sec­tion.

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