Posted by: rearadmiral | August 28, 2016

The Summer Before The War

aasummer13659219_1260985453914320_6773733352125703407_nWHEN: Sunday, Sept 25, 2016, at 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Dorothy Quincy Homestead, 34 Butler Rd, Quincy
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Posted by: Shirley | April 20, 2016

Updated Book Schedule


Apologies for being lax about posting events this year!  Here’s what we’ve been up to, and a preview of things to come:

  • Belgravia by Julien Fellowes December
  • Persuasion (10/23/16)
  • The Summer before the War by Helen Simonson(9/25/16)
  • Road trip to Edith Wharton’s The Mount (August?)
  • The Warden or Dr. Thorne (8/28/16)
  • Choose Your Own Edith Wharton book (Nov/16)
  • Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited (6/26/16)
  • Pamela Aiden’s An Assembly Such as This (5/22/16)
  • Pride & Prejudice + Heather Vogel Frederick’s Pies & Prejudice (4/24/16)
  • Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles (4/3/16)
  • Gaskell’s Sylvia’s Lovers (3/6/16)
  • Sense and Sensibility (1/31/16 & 2/4/16)
  • Posted by: rearadmiral | September 24, 2016

    9/24 Falling into weekly review

    Found via Carol Roberts, Talk Like Jane Austen Day, and Victoria Kincaid..and I’m sure others will be posting it shortly….

    Jane Austen Brewed Beer. Yes, Really. | VinePair
    Jane Austen is more than a celebrated English author, she was a household brewer as well. Back then, however, the role of female brewers was much different.

    From Natasha Duquette:
    : ” … autumn, that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness, that season which had drawn from every poet, worthy of being read, some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling” (Jane Austen).

    Forever Autumn – Justin Hayward
    Beautiful autumn scenes. Music from Justin Hayward. A gentle rain falls softly on my weary eyes As if to hide a lonely tear My life will be forever autumn ‘c…

    Found via JASNA-North Texas! Some small factorial errors but very interesting.…/jane-austen-an-influential-woman

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    Austentatious Library
    September 18 at 1:19pm ·
    What do you think the next Jane Austen mash-up will be? We’ve already vampires, and werewolves, and zombies😀 Any suggestions?
    -Miss Laurie

    #PrideandPrejudice #AndMonsterTrucks #JaneAusten #AustenComics #MonsterMashUp…/actors-shakepear…/…
    Judi Dench, Stephen Fry, and 9 others acting Shakespeare & Austen
    If you’re a fan of both Shakespeare and Austen, you may have noticed some overlap in the actors who play these classic roles.

    Posted by: rearadmiral | September 18, 2016

    9/18 Week in review

    Jane Austen and her most popular characters, Elizabeth Bennet and her beau Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, are all featured in this gently charming, offbeat piece from Helen Farish’s forthcoming collection, The Dog of Memory (Bloodaxe Books, £9.95).
    There can be no Elizabeth and Darcy tourist trail.
    Happiness takes them off the map. Even their author
    doesn’t follow though it’s she who’s made them
    so happy they wander miles without knowing
    quite where. But to pose a prosaic question –
    Lizzy and Darcy set off from Longbourn, a place
    Lizzie has always walked, so how is it she’s ‘beyond
    her own knowledge’ of the church gates and copses,
    cottage doors and meadows they wander past?
    Sleepy reds being deepened, flame yellows lifted,
    air gentled to hold still the suddenly elegiac robin;
    the autumnal harvest of the day and which way taken
    at the fork in the spinney – all this the pair fail
    to notice; neither can they look the other in the eye.
    Waiting by the hornbeam hedge of home, their author
    sees the darkening sky. Was it hard in that chapter
    not to follow, not to have her share? Three times
    She tells us the lovers wander without knowing where.…/14743210.Poem_of_the_Day_…/…

    “Marriage is indeed a manoeuvring business,” Austen wrote in Mansfield Park, a novel in which a quiet, plain, sweet-natured girl nevertheless wins out over an evil aunt, a pretty schemer, and an adulterer, and ends up with her true love. Not something, you’ll note, that would ever happen on The Bachelor.…/the-real-housewives-of…/484748/

    Posted by: rearadmiral | September 12, 2016

    9/12 Falling into Jane

    Abigail Reynolds added 13 new photos to the album: Bodiam Castle and Great Dixter House & Gardens.
    Yesterday at 12:09pm ·
    Yes, more pictures! Today I visited 14th century Bodiam Castle and then discovered a new favorite place, the fantastic Great Dixter Gardens. It’s a must-see. I wish my pictures could convey the scent and the tactile experience too.

    · September 10 at 7:46am ·
    Happy Bday Colin Firth!!!

    September 9 at 3:29pm ·
    Happy Bday Hugh Grant!!!

    Found via Jane Austen in France…

    De bien jolies cartes postales 100% Jane Austen chez @editions1018 !

    A photo posted by Café Powell (@cafe_powell) on…/1

    Love & Friendship on Twitter
    “Words of wisdom from Lady Susan. #LoveandFriendship”

    Posted by: rearadmiral | September 4, 2016

    9/4 Love of Jane is never a lost labour(labor)

    Found via JASNA South Florida!…/sanditon-jane-auste…

    The History Girls: Sanditon – Jane Austen’s Psychic Spin on St Leonards on Sea? Catherine Johnson
    The inclusion of the mulatto heiress is fascinating, by…

    Found via JASNA South Florida!…/half-dress-november-1810/

    Half Dress, November 1810 –
    “A round gown of white crape, fancy leno, or muslin, with deep embroidered border at the bottom, and bosom ornamented to correspond; short sleeves and tucker of Mechlin lace; an under-dress, or slip of pink satin. …”

    Love this one….mine is….Marianne Jones(Felicity Jones is my 2nd fav actor) Shortwood Lodge -Kirk…/178722-what-your-favorite-jane-aust…

    Great tea stuff by Annie R…great photo by Shirley..

    Posted by: rearadmiral | August 28, 2016

    8/28 The Janes of August…/laaleen-khan-sense-and-sensibil…

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    George Jr is the brother missing from this one…

    Travelling… Or Not

    Posted by: rearadmiral | August 15, 2016

    8/15 Ides of August week in review

    A memorable stroll indeed…..

    Found via Abigail Reynolds…..

    From last week….

    The Collins circa 1940..

    New video blog series! Thank you Monica Perry for mentioning this one at the Austenesque Lovers TBR Piles page on Goodreads. Cate Morland is very high energy. I’ve watched the first eight and they are not bad.

    I enjoyed a lovely visit here yesterday before Salem’s Witches Cup bicycle races!!!

    The Marble Faun Books & Gifts added 16 new photos.
    August 7 at 1:41pm ·
    Happy August…We’re gearing up for the height of the season…

    Relationship Watcher shared Austen In Boston: A Jane Austen Book Club’s photo.
    August 11 at 5:30pm ·
    That moment when Gigi was captain of team dizzie

    Posted by: rearadmiral | August 7, 2016

    8/7 Olympic sized week in review…/article_b7727bf6-c618-5c75-b43b-b…

    Will Travel for Food: Will Travel for Food: What would Jane (Austen that is) eat?
    As a Jane Austen fan, I was happy to interview Stephanie Barron, author of 13 Jane Austen mysteries including her most recent Jane and the Waterloo Map and Jane…

    Happy Bday Romola!

    ” “The Girl from Summer Hill” introduces a small Virginia town, the residents and history. It’s written by Jude Deveraux, who has 43 New York Times bestsellers to her name and who penned the recent Nantucket Brides romance series.
    Chef Casey Reddick has arrived in the small town to serve as the caterer for a local theater adaption of “Pride and Prejudice.” She makes pies that are works of art, with fresh berries piled atop a golden custard; with meringue high enough to make a pillow; with six fruits laid out in an artistic pattern; with a rolled up crust with apricots and almonds. Mmmm.
    Two Hollywood actors are also set to perform in the play. Sparks fly. I told you this was a romance. But it’s a fun read, too, as the play mirrors real life in the charming setting. It’s an interesting homage to Jane Austen on two levels. It’s also the story of healing.
    The food is central to the beginning of the novel but by the end, it’s about much more. It’s fluffy like whipped cream but just as yummy.”…/food-summer-reading-that…

    Food: Summer reading that’s deliciously thrilling
    Barbara Ross, Sarah Vaughan and Jude Deveraux have cooked up books that mix food and who-done-its

    I’m going to cheat and take the nearest Austen book(no surprise, right?) and also not use the 5th sentence but this one….
    “How can you,” said xoxoxoxo, laughing, “be so-” she had almost said, strange.
    Take the closest book to you; go to page 56; copy the fifth sentence as your status. Don’t mention the book. Post these rules as part of your status.
    It’s national book week.…/lady-susan-the-most-unlikely-…/

    Lady Susan: the Most Unlikely Heroine
    I promised you something about the newest Jane Austen adaptation: Love and Friendship, based on one of her lesser works known as Lady Susan. But first I…

    From Prada to Nada: making a case for working class Spanish-American culture?
    Nora-Elinor (Camille Belle) and Mary-Marianne (Alexa Vega) in their aunt’s house in East L.A. (From Nada…

    Posted by: rearadmiral | August 1, 2016

    8/1 Good grief it’s August week in review

    Happy Bday July 26 Kate Beckinsale and Olivia Williams!!!!!!!

    “The key with Austen’s letters, then, is to remember that she is not writing as an author. ‘I think her letters are a very superior version of what many a person like her would have written about,’ Professor Mullan believes, ‘interspersed with little glitters of something Austenish. I think Cassandra is slightly resented by a lot of Jane Austen fans….because she totally shapes the main effluence of personality that we have. And Jane Austen wrote to Cassandra about what she thought she wanted to know about. ‘Mrs Blah Blah has done this, and the harvest has been got in and we’ve all had colds’. ” -pgs 214-215 Simon Garfield “To the Letter: A Celebration of the Lost Art of Letter Writing”

    A great find by Marianne!

    ‎Marianne to Austen In Boston: A Jane Austen Book Club
    July 22 at 9:15pm ·
    FYI, showing up on my youtube link (and apparently working) is the full 2003 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice…this is a lesser known adaptation that has the subtitle “a latter day comedy” (but is not heavy on the Mormon honestly – just mentions that the girls go to church, etc.). I watched this once years ago, and funny that it showed up on my youtube home page. Good escapism for a hot night, if you’re interested:

    Posted by: rearadmiral | July 24, 2016

    7/24 “A State of Inelegance” week in review

    I must admit that I didn’t know it was in the National Portrait Gallery when I visited there several years ago. I turned a corner…and there it was!!!!! -Kirk
    Visiting Jane Austen’s Portrait in London

    Simon Garfield writes(also interviews) about John Mullan’s fantastic book “What Matters in Jane Austen?”….
    “But the most surprising thing about the book is that there is hardly anything in it about letters. There is a small section on Robert Martin’s strategic misjudgment in proposing to Harriet Smith by letter in Emma, thus stirring the novel’s plot and giving Miss Smith ample time to mull things over and refuse him(had he just come out and asked her directly, she probably would have said yes).”
    -pgs 213-214 Simon Garfield “To the Letter: A Celebration of the Lost Art of Letter Writing” in the chapter “Why Jane Austen’s Letters Are so Dull(and Other Postal Problems Solved”

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