The Buzz Behind Jane Austen's Death

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It wasn't sea monsters, zombies, or a broken heart. The mysterious death in 1817 of the original literary singleton, Jane Austen, could have been a very unromantic case of infective tuberculosis caught from cows.

The 19th-century novelist, whose body of work practically launched an entire network of PBS mini-series, dozens of movies, and yes, even the plots of "Clueless" and "Bridget Jones's Diary," died at the way-too-young-age of 41. And ever since, the cause of her death has remained a hot topic with the literary crowd.

Her life also continues to fascinate the Web. In the last seven days alone, "jane austen biography" had an almost 150% increase in queries. Same goes for "jane austen movies," "jane austen novels," and "jane austen quotes."

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