From a 1974 article about Elizabeth Taylor, discussing her relationship with Richard Burton:
Gradually, one became aware of an excessive tension between the two: constant contradictions in dialogue, a repartee reminiscent of the husband and wife in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Yet it was the tension of romance, of two people who had made a physical, psychological commitment to one another. Jane Austen once said that all literature revolved around two themes: love and money.
Reading that, we remarked aloud, “Jane Austen never said any such thing, Charles Baker Harris.” (We refrained from adding a DOOOOOOOOO JESUS, since we like to think of ourself as being more Miss Maudie and much less Miss Rachel.) We are willing to be corrected if wrong, however. Has anyone ever heard or read of Jane Austen saying any such thing? We hope the Jane Austen of South Alabama had the opportunity to correct her old friend.
(The Church of Austenology will be holding services this Sunday.)