There’s a Weird New Theory That Jane Austen Was Poisoned - I blame that dastardly Mr. Wickham.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a beloved author who died young and unwed, must be in want of endless speculation about her life and death.

Maybe I’m part of the cult-of-the-author problem, because when The Washington Post headline blared WAS JANE AUSTEN POISONED? I couldn’t click fast enough. I waited with bated breath: was Austen’s life actually far more scandalous than presumed? Was it a scorned lover? A vicious rival?

Nothing so dramatic. Turns out, it might have...

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