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Persuasion: Museum reclaims Jane Austen ring from Kelly Clarkson

US singer Kelly Clarkson has been foiled in her attempt to take home a ring once owned by Jane Austen, after a British museum said Monday it had raised enough money to buy it back. The 31-year-old singer bought the ring at an auction last year, but the British government blocked her from taking it out of Britain while attempts were made to raise funds to "save it for the nation".

Britain stops U.S. pop singer's export of Jane Austen ring

LONDON (Reuters) - A campaign to prevent U.S. pop singer Kelly Clarkson from taking a ring owned by 19th century novelist Jane Austen out of Britain has raised enough money to save it, a museum said on Monday. The singer, who became the first contestant to win the TV singing contest "American Idol" more than a decade ago, bought the turquoise and gold antique ring at an auction last year for more than 150,000 pounds ($227,000).

Why Utah Mormons Are Obsessed With Jane Austen

By Chris Willman LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - An at-times farcical romance that takes place at a Jane Austen-themed vacation in the English countryside could only have been thought up by Americans - and not just any old Americans but Utah Mormons. "It's like the royal family obsession over here," said J.J. Feild, who plays a British actor wooing Keri Russell's visiting Yank in the upcoming "Austenland." "It goes to a whole 'nother level that we don't really have back at home."

Britain holds up U.S. pop singer's export of Jane Austen ring

By Li-mei Hoang LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's government is trying to prevent U.S. pop singer Kelly Clarkson from taking a rare turquoise and gold ring, once owned by 19th century novelist Jane Austen, out of the country. The singer, who became the first contestant to win American Idol more than a decade ago, bought the antique ring at an auction last year for more than 150,000 pounds ($227,000).

Pride and Prejudice - and Pounds: Jane Austen's image to grace 10-pound note after campaign

LONDON - Jane Austen will become the new face on England's 10-pound notes — in an attempt to add a little pride and fight the prejudice against women on the country's currency. The Bank of England chose the chronicler of 18th century English country life as the new face of the note, bowing to critics who complained that the venerable institution was ignoring women on their currency. "Jane Austen certainly merits a place in the select group of historical figures to appear on our banknotes," the bank's new governor Mark Carney said Wednesday in a statement.

Pride and Prejudice's foray onto outdoor stage 'intelligent'

LONDON (Reuters) - The adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" for London's outdoor stage was "intelligent" and "pleasing" and saw the emergence of a new talent in the role of Elizabeth Bennett, local reviews said. Two hundred years after the book was published, Simon Reade's new dramatization performed among the birdsong of Regent's Park, captured the character and the humor of the original novel according to critics.

New book gives servants' perspective in "Pride and Prejudice"

NEW YORK, Feb 7 (Reuters) - A British writer has written a book based on Jane Austen's classic novel "Pride and Prejudice" but told from the servants' point of view, its U.S. publisher said on Thursday. In "Longbourn," which will be released later this year in the United States, writer Jo Baker focuses on a romance between the main characters, a newly arrived footman and a housemaid on the Bennet family estate.
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