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Harman to speak on Jane Austen Thursday

October 25, 2010

Claire Harman, author of several prize-winning literary biographies, will deliver the Joseph S. Schick Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 28.

The talk, "Time and Miss Austen," will be held in Root Hall A-264 at 3:30 p.m. It is based on her latest book, "Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World," which was published in Britain in 2009 and the United States earlier this year.

Harman received her education at the University of London and the University of Manchester. She currently teaches in the writing division of Columbia University. She previously taught at Middlebury College, St. Catherine's College in Oxford and the University of Manchester.

In addition to the work on Jane Austen, she has published biographical works on Robert Louis Stevenson in 2005, Fanny Burney in 2000 and Sylvia Townsend Warner in 1989, as well as editions of Warner's poetry and diaries and the essays and poems of Stevenson. She has also written the introductions for new editions of several works of fiction by Warner and Stevenson. She has also published a number of short stories of her own.

Harman comes to Indiana State through the Joseph S. Schick Lecture Series, made possible by an endowment from Professor Schick, who taught at the Indiana State from 1946 to 1976. This generous gift allows the department of English to bring a number of distinguished scholars in literature, language, lexicography and folklore to ISU every year.