Jane Austen fans rejoice! Thanks to advances in forensic science we now know what the great novelist of eighteenth century English society looked like. At least that’s according to the folks at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, UK. They just unveiled a wax sculpture which they claim is the closest “anyone has come to the real Jane Austen in 200 years.” Drawing on contemporary descriptions and accounts, not to mention the talents of forensic artist Melissa Dring and Emmy-winning costume designer Andrea Galer, Ms Austen comes to life in a new and unique way.
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Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.