It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife,” so observed Jane Austen, that most glorious of English writers, who is to be the new face of Britain’s 10-pound note. The line opens Pride and Prejudice, which is enjoying its illustriouos 200th anniversary.
What if we followed England, and put some of our great authors on American currency, instead of so many dead presidents?
Mark Twain who noted “the lack of money is the root of all evil.”
Ernest Hemingway, who noted in The Sun Also Rises, “ ‘How did you go bankrupt?'
'Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.' ”
Or F. Scott Fitzgerald, who wrote of Daisy in The Great Gatsby, “Her voice is full of money.”
Or Louisa May Alcott, who wrote, “Money is the root of all evil, and yet it is such a useful root that we cannot get on without it any more than we can without potatoes.”
Or that great pickled wit, Dorothy Parker, who quipped, “If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.”