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March 9th, 2008, 01:22 PM
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I was recently reading a book about Jane Austen's life and noticed that there seemed to be a lot of people in Jane's life that today would probably get an AS dx. I mentioned this to dh a couple of weeks ago and his response was along the lines of "thats nice dear" Ok, boring topic So, anyway, I am browsing the internet today and come across a book that I want to read called "So Odd A Mixture, Along the Autistic Spectrum in 'Pride and Prejudice'" its a book about Jane Austen and how she describes people in her books...people who today would probably be on the spectrum somewhere. The forward to the book reads:


'Jane Austen was an astute observer of people and relationships and she describes and obviously knew people who today could have been referred to a clinician for a diagnostic assessment for Asperger's syndrome.'
- from the Foreword by Tony Attwood, author of Asperger's Syndrome and The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome
http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book.ph.../9781843104995

So, now I want to read this book and thought it was neat that I wasn't the only one who was thinking along these lines.
I know....boooooring and some are probably saying "what?!"!
thanks for reading
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March 11th, 2008, 09:50 AM
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I'm one of those what people! LOL That sounds like a book to read for education, and I don't do that very often anymore! LOL I don't even know who Jane Austen is...it took me a min. because I kept thinking of workout video's! (Jane Fonda)
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March 11th, 2008, 02:56 PM
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Jane Austen was a writer who lived back in the late 1700's/early 1800's. She wrote

Pride and Prejudice
Emma
Sense and Sensibility

I admit that I haven't been able to struggle through the books so well but did enjoy the movies and saw a piece about her on PBS's Masterpiece Theater that I found interesting. That led me to borrow the book on her life. Interestingly enough in some of my searching....its thought that she and many other people throughout history could have possibly fit the Asperger dx.
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March 11th, 2008, 06:06 PM
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That is intresting.,
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March 11th, 2008, 08:39 PM
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It is neat that Jane Austin, a celebrated writer, may have had the dx of Aspergers because it gives hope that our children can live sucessful lives. I can not read any of her books because they put me to sleep. Do you think your going to re-watch the movies or try to read her books to identify characters that exhibit Aspergers?

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March 12th, 2008, 05:17 AM
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I was watching Pride and Prejudice over the weekend and could definitely see the quirks in a lot of the characters. Its one of my favorite movies and I may buy it and will have to rent the others now

There are sites out there with long lists of noteable people who would likely get the dx today. Einstien is who a lot of experts talk the most about. There's also a book about Thomas Jefferson.
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