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Graphing Jane: Charting Austen's Endurance

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CAN GENIUS BE GRAPHED? THE WORD CHOICES THAT EXPLAIN WHY JANE AUSTEN’S WORK SURVIVES AND THRIVES.

Two hundred years on, Jane Austen commands a cultural empire — fan fiction, adaptations, merchandise — with her six novels at the center. It raises the question: Why her, as opposed to someone else?

Franco Moretti of the Stanford Literary Lab, which applies data analysis to the study of fiction, argues that certain books survive through the choices of

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