Jane Austen’s 250th birthday is December 16, 2025, and I’m thinking about throwing a party sometime that year. Would you like to celebrate with me?
It’ll probably be similar to the online celebrations I hosted here in honour of the 200th anniversaries of Jane Austen’s novels Persuasion and Northanger Abbey, Emma, Mansfield Park, and Pride and Prejudice. I started these online celebrations in 2013 and thus had already missed out on the chance to celebrate Sense and Sensibility in 2011.
Many people are making plans to celebrate Jane Austen’s life and works in 2025—a couple of weeks ago, for example, I mentioned the upcoming exhibition at the Morgan Library, guest curated by Austen scholar Juliette Wells—and I’m looking forward to hearing more about the various events, exhibitions, and parties.
Maybe 2025 would be a good time to pay tribute to Sense and Sensibility, Austen’s first published novel. What do you think?