Academic: Jane Austen had helping hand from editor

This photo provided by Christie's auction house in New York depicts a portrait of a teenager, thought to be Jane Austen, by the 18th-century British artist Ozias Humphry. The painting, believed to have been commissioned around 1790 by Austen's great-uncle, is owned by one of her decendants and is to be sold by Christie's on April 19, 2007. (AP Photo/Christie's) **NO SALES**

October 23, 2010 7:15:10 AM PDT
She's renowned for her precise, exquisite prose, but new research shows Jane Austen was a poor speller and erratic grammarian who got a big helping hand from her editor.

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