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Tuesday, March 27, 2007 3:06 pm
Know who else was ugly? James Joyce!
Posted by: Keir Graff

Wordsworth Editions is tarting up Jane Austen. From The Guardian (“Jane too plain for publishers“):

Helen Trayler, the publisher’s managing director, said: “She was not much of a looker. Very, very plain. Jane Austen wasn’t very good looking. She’s the most inspiring, readable author, but to put her on the cover wouldn’t be very inspiring at all. It’s just a bit off-putting.

“I know you are not supposed to judge a book by its cover. Sadly people do. If you look more attractive, you just stand out more. Sadly, we do live in a very shallow world and people do judge by appearance.”

…and rather than wallow in sadness, we’re going to use photoshop to give her bigger breasts as well!

(Thanks, Dan.)

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