Posted by: Shirley | April 20, 2016

Updated Book Schedule


Oct (10/22) Northanger in Salem!
Sept (9/24?) Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
Aug (8/27?) : Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy
July (7/30?) : The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

Mansfield Park(6/25/17)
Little Women(5/20/17)
Ross Poldark(4/30/17)
The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton(3/26/17)
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell(3/5/17)
P&P (1/29/17)

  • Belgravia by Julien Fellowes December 17
  • Choose Your Own Edith Wharton book (Nov 20/16)
  • 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 | May 21, 2017

    5/21 Week in review…/six-degrees-of-jane-austen-…/

    Six degrees of … Jane Austen adaptations
    By Jennifer Abella Maybe it’s that the acting community is small. Or that Great Britain is small. Or that the world of Jane Austen adaptations is very, very small. But people are connected in unexp…

    “She reserved some of her most mischievous mockery for extravagant maternal affection and sentimental rhapsodizing over nature. Love itself, though she understood its workings admirably, did not rouse her enthusiasm unless it was justified by reason, disciplined by self-control. She had little sympathy for romantic imprudence or credulous good nature; she was impatient of people with hearts of gold and heads of wood. And though she was not a slave to worldly considerations she thought it a mistake to overlook them entirely. It was wrong to marry for money, but it was silly to marry without it. Nor should one lightly break with convention. Only fools imagined they could live happily in the world without paying attention to what its inhabitants thought.”
    pg 33 Lord David Cecil “Jane Austen: The Leslie Stephen Lecture delivered before the University of Cambridge on 1 May 1935” The Folcroft Press, Inc I posted the video link again in the comments. It runs 14 minutes.

    Deborah Barnum shared The New York Times’s live video to the group: Jane Austen in Vermont – JASNA Vermont Region.
    May 17 at 9:21pm ·

    “Perhaps in no other novel does she succeed so securely with the whole range of her characters, which among many other include witty wayward Emma, garrulous and good Miss Bates, the insufferable Eltons, the sardonic and strangely likable John Knightley, sweet silly Harriet Smith, and the sensible yeoman, Robert Martin.
    Frank Churchill is not a villain, or even an anti-hero, but he is a charmer, which in Jane Austen’s view amounts to practically the same thing….
    For the majority of readers, Mr Knightley is one of the most attractive and admirable of heroes who fall into that well known romantic category of the older man. He has great presence, intelligence, and kindness; he is firm, righteous, yet not without humour, and he has the human failing of being jealous.”
    -pgs 172-173 Joan Rees “Jane Austen Woman and Writer” St. Martin’s Press 1976…/75c46de91b052d2b4bc49de0b…

    Did Austen have an Aussie Darcy?
    Did Jane Austen (1775-1817) have an Australian connection? In Jane & D’Arcy, Australian author Wal Walker makes the groundbreaking claim that colonial surgeon D’Arcy Wentworth (1762-1827) was the love of her life.

    “Marianne Dashwood and Emma Woodhouse learn that even headstrong solo voices need to work in tandem with the greater “orchestra.” Sense and Sensibility and Emma both reflect sophisticated musical structures of diverse voices in unity, wherein speeches, asides, soliloquies, and dialogue are harmonically layered.”
    -pg 34 Kelly M. McDonald Chapter Two titled “A Reputation for Accomplishment: Marianne Dashwood and Emma Woodhouse as Artistic Performers” in the book “Jane Austen and the Arts: Elegance, Propriety, and Harmony” Edited by Natasha Duquette and Elisabeth Lenekos

    Happy Mother’s Day!!! Lol…I took this quiz and I’m Mrs. Morland?! -Kirk

    Which Jane Austen mother are you? | OUPblog
    Jane Austen novels are noted for their emphasis on female relationships. They are often portrayed as multi-dimensional–formative and yet not always so rosy.

    Posted by: rearadmiral | May 13, 2017

    5/13 Mayflowers of Jane

    “One of the characteristics of her style is its comparative absence of visual imagery, metaphor, and simile, and it is only recently that critics have begun to examine her use of symbolism. In his preface to Sense and Sensibility, Tony Tanner has drawn attention to Elinor’s skill at screen painting, which is symbolic of her role of ‘screening’ in life, as she tries to give ‘the raw social realities a veneer of art’. ”
    -pg 132 Joan Rees “Jane Austen Woman and Writer” St. Martin’s Press 1976

    Apparently this quote is not from Jane Austen. As it’s lovely, still posting it…

    Not sure why there were no likes for this one…

    Team Lady Catherine???…/…/jane-austen-teenage-writings-video/

    Jane Austen Practising: Teenage Writings | OUPblog
    2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. In honor of Austen, Oxford University Press has published Teenage Writings. Three notebooks of Jan

    ” After the post-mortem, the dance was absolutely at an end. All that was left were the memories – candle-lit rooms, of handsome men, of whispers and smiles, of feet moving gracefully in time with enchanting music, of pretty dresses or eye-catching scarlet coats, and of the promise of romance and dreams come true. And there was always the next ball to await eagerly, as Jane Austen and her characters so well appreciated: there is, quite simply, ‘nothing like dancing after all’. ”
    -pg 149 Susannah Fullerton “A Dance with Jane Austen: How a Novelist and her Characters went to the Ball” Frances Lincoln Limited 2012

    “When Jane Austen danced with Tom Lefroy at Manydown, he visited the next day to see how she was. However, it is not common in Jane Austen’s novels to see Darcy or Wickham, Henry Tilney or Edmund Bertram rushing off the following morning to see the women they had partnered the night before. Willoughby calls on Marianne, but as he does that every day regardless of what has taken place the night before, that can hardly be counted as a post-dance visit.”
    pg 149 Susannah Fullerton “A Dance with Jane Austen: How a Novelist and her Characters went to the Ball” Frances Lincoln Limited 2012
    Painting: Ashe Ball – Tom Lefroy and Jane Austen by Jane Odiwe – Project Darcy…/why-did-jane-austen-abandon-the-…/

    Why Did Jane Austen Abandon The Watsons?
    It’s a pleasure to introduce this guest post by Kathleen A. Flynn on Jane Austen’s unfinished novel The Watsons. Kathleen’s debut novel, The Jane Austen Project, which Syrie James calls “clever, ca…

    “Jane talks about exertion in some of her novels. It didn’t quite mean back then what it does today; nowadays you think of the body–of pushing your muscles to the limit, of working your brain as hard as you can. Physical and mental exertion. But Jane’s exertion was of the emotional variety. In Sense and Sensibility, when Elinor finds out that the guy she’s in love with is engaged to someone else, she works her hardest to exert herself around others, to make sure that her true feelings–her true sorrows–go unexposed. She practices exertion in a way that means she acts as if everything is just fine, so that no one would suspect her of the kind of pain and heartache that was considered inappropriate to feel when someone else’s fiance was involved.”
    -pg 185 Emma Mills “first and then” Henry Holt and Company.…

    Jane Austen in 41 Objects: 9. Mansfield Park
    Prof. Janine Barchas writes about this 1832 first American edition of Mansfield Park by Jane Austen.

    Posted by: rearadmiral | May 5, 2017

    5/5 A fifth of Jane…/darcy-swipes-left-jane-auste…/

    Darcy Swipes Left by Jane Austen & Courtney Carbone – Margie’s Must Reads
    I have never LOLed 😂 😂😂 so hard reading a book 📚 like EVER!! I was LMAO from page 📖…

    By Moira Macdonald
    Seattle Times arts critic
    Historian David M. Shapard, who has devoted countless years of his life to the vast project of meticulously annotating every Jane Austen novel, is all about the details. His sixth and final work, “The Annotated Mansfield Park,” was just published this month by Penguin Random House. It is — insert a delicately Austen-like raising of the eyebrows — 885 pages long, with 2,300 annotations; many of them delightful in their earnestly informative way. A few tidbits I enjoyed:
    • A “ha-ha” is a sunken fence, developed in the 18th century for the landscaped grounds of grand houses, designed to keep livestock away from the grass while not interfering with the view. The name may have arisen “because people could see the trench only when they were almost on top of it, leading to surprised exclamations of ‘ha-ha!’”
    • Austen once wrote in a letter that she rather liked serving as a chaperon (one who watches dancing at a ball to make sure “nothing improper occurs”) because “I am put on the Sofa near the Fire & can drink as much wine as I like.”
    • Wigs for men “had ceased to be fashionable in the 1790s, but they were still often worn by coachmen.”
    • Until the late 18th century brought cups with handles, tea was served in bowllike dishes. The term “dish of tea” lingered, “especially among those, like Mrs. Price, who were less affluent and thus slower to purchase items in the newer style.”
    • Pug dogs, introduced into Europe in the 17th century by Dutch traders who found them in Asia, were very popular pets among wealthy Englishwomen in the late 18th century; a dictionary written in 1780 gives one of the two definitions of “pug” as “anything tenderly loved.”
    • If one wished to write a letter, one would need not just paper and pen, but an inkwell and a “pounce pot,” for sprinkling a sandlike substance onto the wet ink to help it dry.
    • Woe betide those with short necks, as they were considered to be at special risk for apoplexy (the term used for sudden seizure or stroke). A medical guide from 1820 noted that “the short-necked, the indolent, and such as are apt to indulge in full meals of animal food, and the free use of spirituous and vinous liquors, are generally its victims.”
    • A green goose, alas, refers not to an emerald-colored fowl but an undercooked one, or a young one.
    • Negus, a fortifying warm drink consumed at balls, consisted of “boiling water, wine, calves-foot jelly, lemon and spices.” Bottoms up!…/mind-the-ha-ha-and-other-gem…/

    Mind the ha-ha, and other gems from ‘The Annotated Mansfield Park’
    David M. Shapard has produced a nearly 900-page edition of the Jane Austen novel, complete with…

    “The pianoforte’s arrival in Highbury is an essential ingrediant in the book’s carefully structured plot…to our present way of thinking, the secrecy about Jane Fairfax’s engagement to Frank Churchill seems absurd and unnecessary, it is the ‘detective story’ element introduced by that secret into the novel which intrigues everyone reading it for the first time, and which continues to interest and amuse even those whose frequent rereadings of it have given them an ever increasing delight in the technical brilliance and the subtlety of the characterization displayed in this, the most perfect of Jane Austen’s masterpieces.”
    -pg 110 Patrick Piggott “The Innocent Diversion: A study of Music in the life and writings of Jane Austen” Douglas Cleverdon London 1979

    Found via JASNA-Iowa!…/discussing-jane-austens-tale…

    Discussing Jane Austen’s talent and legacy on the 200th anniversary of her death
    On the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, Olivia Kelleher, talks to Trinity lecturer Daragh Downes about the woman, her talent and her legacy

    “She was typical of many amateurs in that she liked, above all things, to play what she already knew well(AiB: this is so me)…….Nevertheless, her solitary hours at the keyboard, though they have been musically unadventurous, were very valuable to her as a relaxation, and if, as had been conjectured, they may have acted as some kind of ‘trigger’ for her imagination, helping her to organize and plan before committing it to paper, then their place in her life as an artist has a special significance, and the question of what she played becomes of much less importance than the fact that the very act of playing contributed something to her greatness as a writer.”
    -pg 164 Patrick Piggott “The Innocent Diversion: a study of Music in the life and writings of Jane Austen” Douglas Cleverdon London 1979

    “The greater the number of dancers involved, the longer the set. Catherine Morland speaks of a dance of ‘half an hour’, but longer dances of up to an hour were not unknown. In a large assembly, it was especially important to secure a pleasant partner as you were stuck with that person for a very long time(image a whole hour with Mr Collins as your partner!).”
    -pg 102 Susannah Fullerton “A Dance with Jane Austen: How a Novelist and her Characters went to the Ball” Frances Lincoln Limited 2012

    Found via JASNA-North Texas and others.
    One of the better lists I’ve seen.…/50-books-love-jane-…/

    50 Books To Read if you Love Jane Austen | The Silver Petticoat Review
    If you adore everything about Jane Austen novels, here are 50 other book recommendations to check out. From classics, contemporary, to even a little Sci-Fi.

    “Reminiscences are not, of course, the preserve of the very elderly. Everybody has a past, and is witness to change. Two women who are far from old, yet are twelve years older than when they last saw each other, are Anne Elliot and her former schoolfriend Miss Hamilton. When they encounter one another again after twelve years’ separation they have the pleasure of indulging in the ‘the interesting charm of remembering former partialities and talking over old times’……”
    -pg 51 Maggie Lane “Growing Older with Jane Austen” Robert Hale

    Deborah Barnum shared a link to the group: Jane Austen in Vermont – JASNA Vermont Region.
    April 30 at 10:34am ·
    Dining with Jane Austen –

    Julienne Gehrer Invites Us to Dine with Jane Austen / Guest Post
    Readers of Jane Austen’s novels are certainly familiar with her characters, settings, and plots. After all, 200 years since her death, readers all over the…

    “Catch the dramatic and narrative subtlety of what Austen is doing as Fanny turns away from us and we indeed catch her in what Virginia Woolf called ‘the act of greatness.’ Characteristically, this moment of audacious fictional experiment is also an instance of the most perfect reticence”.
    -pg 320 John Mullan “What Matters in Jane Austen” Bloomsbury Press

    “Her tender but practical concern for two younger nephews, Edward and George, who were at boarding school at the time of their mother’s death, and who went to stay for a few days with Mrs Austen and Jane, show what a good mother she would have made.
    The same is true of certain heroines. Anne Elliot is more consistent, more capable and much less selfish in her management of her nephews than their mother. Emma Woodhouse avoids her sister Isabell’s tendency to overprotect her children and dose them with unnecessary medicine…Mr Knightley, uncle to the same brood, observes that he and she never disagree where the children are concerned; he praises Emma’s behaviour as an aunt as being ‘guided by nature’. This promises well for their own future family life. He is probably not aware that he is assessing Emma as a mother for his children, but subconsciously it must be adding to his reasons for wanting her as his life.” -pg 67 Maggie Lane “Growing Older with Jane Austen” Robert Hale
    Photos: Emma 09(of course!) and
    Paper Ships: An Austen Inspired Flotilla
    The Jane Austen Centre
    Anne Elliot entertains her nephews with paper ships (Persuasaion, 1995).

    Chaucer Doth Tweet (@LeVostreGC) tweeted:
    Several book-bynderes have started a rock groupe.
    Yt ys a cover band.

    Posted by: rearadmiral | April 28, 2017

    4/28 End of April showers

    From Boston College Arts Fest:
    “The Jane Austen – Edgar Allan Poe Smackdown
    The gloves come off in this 60-minute rumble as Elizabeth Bennet finally meets her match in Madeline Usher and ravens fly over Pemberley!”
    A fun Boston College Arts Fest event yesterday. Austen vs Poe Smackdown! Lol, the judge decided to award prizes to both sides as he wanted “…to get out of this alive. I’ve got a car running just outside the door”.
    3 of 4 Austen slides are shown. The 4th was from Anne Elliot’s conversation with Captain Harville.

    “The Importance of Aunts”
    Jane Austen herself became an aunt at the age of seventeen to two nieces born very close together; Edward’s daughter Fanny and James’s daughter Anna. Though her tally of nephews and nieces went on growing through the rest of her life – she had twenty-five at the time of her death, and two great-nieces – she was always particularly fond of Fanny and Anna, who both love their mothers. Fanny turned to Aunt Jane for advice with her love life, Anna for criticism of the novel she was writing. Fanny, who had to mother her ten younger siblings, was dutiful, while Anna, who had to contend with a difficult stepmother from an early age, was wayward.” pg 66, Maggie Lane “Growing Older with Jane Austen” Robert Hale

    “All this, as they dance their steps so correctly and well that Sir William Lucas interrupts to congratulate them on Darcy’s ‘very superior dancing’ and the elegance of his partner. It is no mean feat for them both to dance well as they participate in this verbal dual.
    What is also intriguing about this scene is that Darcy and Elizabeth appear to be almost alone on the dance floor. Sir William intrudes briefly, and there is a passing mention of Jane and Bingley dancing together nearby, but so strong is the focus of hero and heroine on each other that other dancers seem to fade away. No one else matters, and this sense of their solitariness within a crowd emphasizes the fact that there is no room in their minds at this time for anyone else. Each is totally taken up with the other. It is moments such as these that make their eventual love for each other so convincing.”
    -pg 128 Susannah Fullerton “A Dance with Jane Austen: How a Novelist and her Characters went to the Ball” Frances Lincoln Limited 2012…/…/issue-11-aunt-jane

    Issue 11: Aunt Jane
    Jane Austen was many things – writer, daughter, beloved sister and friend, and also an aunt to over thirty nieces and nephews! Editor Emily Prince discusses Jane’s aunthood.

    “Jane Austen, herself a supremely great artist, was unlikely to produce slovenly work of any kind, least of all work involving the use of her pen, and this is nowhere more evident than in her volumes of exquisitely-copied manuscript music. They are, in their way, as clearly and elegantly written as the tragically few extant manuscripts of her mature literary works.”
    -pg 131 Patrick Piggott “The Innocent Diversion…”

    One of the vergers in Winchester Cathedral in the middle of the nineteenth century was very puzzled why so many people enquired for the grave of Jane Austen. Was there, he asked, ‘anything particular about that lady?’…..Today(this was written in 1969!-AiB) probably more people seek the tomb of Jane Austen in the Cathedral than that of any other person associated with Winchester. Then, it was one monument among many which extolled the merits of the departed, today, it is the goal of many a pilgrimage of lovers of English literature.” -pg 1 “Jane Austen in Winchester” by Frederick Bussby

    “Nowhere in Jane Austen’s fiction is any ball described in such detail and at such length as the one held on Tuesday 13 October at D.’s White Hart Inn in The Watsons. It is the subject of the novel’s opening line, it is well discussed…..The ball is, of course, Emma Watson’s ‘debut’, her ‘coming out’ in the town of D. ….”
    -pg43 Susannah Fullerton “A Dance with Jane Austen: How a Novelist and her Characters went to the Ball” Frances Lincoln Limited 2012

    ” ‘……Miss Crawford took her harp,…..[Fanny] had nothing to do but to listen….Miss Crawford was too much vexed by what had passed to be in a humour for anything but music. With that, she soothed herself and amused her friend.’
    -Mansfield Park
    There is considerable irony in Jane Austen’s use of the word ‘friend’ here. It is only Mary Crawford who, at this point in the story, flatters herself that Fanny is her friend. Fanny is, of course, no such thing. Indeed it would hardly be overstating the case to call her Mary’s enemy.”
    -pg 74 Patrick Piggott “The Innocent Diversion: a study of Music in the life and writings of Jane Austen” Douglas Cleverdon London 1979
    Note: A woodcut illustration by Joan Hassall…found via Republic of Pemberley

    Details, details, details….
    ‘PRIDE & PREJUDICE’ (2005)
    As Lizzy sits in Charlotte’s house, a view from the outside shows one of the windows open. However, when Mr. Darcy comes inside to propose to her, every one of the windows is closed.
    Toward the end of the film, Elinor (Emma Thompson) is gardening and has dirt all over her hands. Upon realizing Edward (Hugh Grant) is riding towards the house, she quickly wipes her hands on her apron and smears dirt on it.. When she removes her apron inside the house, both the apron and her hands are hardly dirty.
    ‘PRIDE & PREJUDICE’ (1995)
    During the wedding, there are flashes of the different people from throughout the story. In the one showing Lady Catherine (Barbara Leigh-Hunt) and her daughter Anne (Nadia Chambers), the first shot shows Anne sitting very close to the arm of the sofa. In the next wide shot she is sitting further away from the arm.…/15-mistakes-you-never-noti…/ss-BBA56n6…

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    Another date of importance William Shakespeare died this day in 1616 Baptised 26th April 1564. Celebrated 23 April”

    Character Analysis
    Eleanor Tilney is arguably the most serious character in the book, on two levels. On the one hand, she is serious in terms of personality. She’s polite and earnest and maybe just a little boring. On the other hand, her life circumstances are also serious. Her mom died when she was young and her dad is a bit of a control freak. But at least a Viscount magically drops from the sky for her to marry at the novel’s end, which conveniently allows the people in whom we have a more vested interest (Henry and Catherine) to get married.
    If that’s all sounding a bit familiar, it might be because Eleanor perfectly fits the criteria for a heroine that Jane Austen outlines at the beginning of Northanger Abbey. We’ve got the family tragedy, the loss of a mother, a somewhat villainous patriarch, a creepy setting (the Abbey), a mysterious star-crossed love, years of suffering and trial, etc.
    So why is the novel’s protagonist and ostensible heroine, Catherine, classified as anything but a heroine? And why does Eleanor Tilney, a somewhat dull secondary character, epitomize a Gothic novel heroine as described by Austen? Well, this might be because Austen is poking fun at the Gothic novel. By having Eleanor, a nice if somewhat uninteresting character, perfectly match the criteria for a Gothic novel heroine, Austen might be implying that Gothic novel heroines are overrated and a bit boring when compared to more dynamic characters like Catherine. Eleanor’s personality doesn’t appear to alter much at all over the course of the text, unlike Catherine, who evolves.
    Aside from making a subtle and satirical point about the Gothic novel, Eleanor also contrasts with Isabella Thorpe. Eleanor and Isabella are both Catherine’s friends and the younger sisters of Catherine’s two love interests. So Eleanor has a vital position in the novel’s sibling structure, where three contrasting pairs of brothers and sisters interact.
    Catherine, who grows up considerably over the course of the novel, eventually drops her superficial friendship with Isabella in favor of a more mature friendship with Eleanor. In many ways, the mature and reasonable Eleanor represents the type of adult that Catherine makes some progress towards becoming. Eleanor is, after all, rational, kind, well-mannered, well-read, and is capable to keeping up with her brother’s wit. And if she’s not as exciting and wildly entertaining as Isabella, well, that’s probably a good thing. After all, she does get rewarded with her very own Viscount in the end, which just proves that good deeds, like putting up with her difficult father, really can be rewarded.


    The Making of Jane Austen
    Feeling listless? Longing for random acts of irony? You may need The Making of Jane Austen. Find out if the book is right for you in this 3-minute video.

    The Making of Jane Austen Book Trailer
    Think you know Jane Austen? Think again. In her new book, ASU English professor and roller…

    “But when no ball especially for children was offered, young people were taken to adult balls. Charles Blake of The Watsons, ‘a fine boy of ten years old’, is brought to the assembly ball by his mother because he is ‘uncommonly fond of dancing’….When Emma then says she would be happy to be his partner, Charles is given his opportunity.”
    -pg 17 Susannah Fullerton “A Dance with Jane Austen: How a Novelist and her Characters went to the Ball” Frances Lincoln Limited 2012

    Apparently not Austen but it is in keeping with the spirit so….

    “Had Jane Austen been granted her three score and ten – or more – how would she have fared in old age? Professionally, she would surely have grown in both output and reputation. If, as I believe, the three novels she had written at Chawton show an advance in artistic control over her material as well as greater profundity of feeling, promising even more for the future, equally the fragment left unfinished at her death, Sanditon, proves there was no waning in her powers of invention.”
    -pg 222 Maggie Lane “Growing Older with Jane Austen” Robert Hall Limited

    Found via The Jane Austen Picture Wall:
    “Austen’s novels are an escape from an irrational and threatening world, yes, but the world they depict is no fairytale. Their appeal is more to do with how they are told than with what happens. The narrator’s witty, mature presence – her voice – brings us confidently through her tales of characters often living near the edge of poverty or unhappiness to the “happy ending”……

    Friday essay: the revolutionary vision of Jane Austen
    This year is the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s death and her celebrity continues to grow. But relegating Austen’s work to plots about ‘whether the heroine gets her man’ belittles her achievement.

    “Anne Elliot, the elegant and charming heroine of Persuasion, is a good amateur pianist – certainly a better player than Emma Woodhouse, though probably not in the same class as Jane Fairfax. But Anne receives none of the plaudits and gratitude which invariably follow the performances of those young ladies, for she is essentially a Cinderella figure(in this, though in little else, she is like Fanny Price), even to the extent of being provided with a pair of sisters who, if not physically ugly, are certainly very deficient in that beauty of character which Anne possesses in such large measure.” -pg 111 Patrick Piggott “The Innocent Diversion: A study of Music in the life and writings of Jane Austen” Douglas Cleverdon Publish.

    From selected by AiB):
    Character Analysis
    General Tilney is accurately, if understatedly, described by Mrs. Morland as a “strange man” (29.10). Indeed. General Tilney is totally rocking out a whole Captain von Trapp vibe, from the first part of The Sound of Music before he became nicer and joined in the family sing-a-longs. The General is channeling the Captain from the period of the movie where he was overbearing, blowing whistles, and getting hung up on punctuality.
    Like Captain von Trapp, General Tilney clearly runs a very regimented household, despite his efforts to appear laid back to Catherine. He’s a stickler for punctuality. He’s always getting mad at people for somehow disrupting his schedule or sense of order. And he’s pretty much a jerk to his kids. Catherine notices these difficult personality traits when she is having breakfast with the Tilneys before traveling with them to Northanger Abbey:
    Her tranquility was not improved by the General’s impatience for the appearance of his eldest son, nor by the displeasure he expressed at his laziness when captain Tilney at last came down. She was quite pained by the severity of his father’s reproof, which seemed disproportionate to the offense. (20.2)
    Ultimately, the General is horrible towards Catherine. But this is only after kissing up to her when he thought she was rich. In fact, his attentions make Catherine feel uncomfortable. The General’s behavioral about-face hinges on his knowledge about Catherine’s personal wealth. The General is overly concerned with money, and ultimately proves highly judgmental and downright mean.
    However, the General is far from a scary villain, despite the fact that Catherine suspects him of being a murderer or some sort of tyrannical fetishist who locked up his wife like Mr. Rochester, or someone in an Edgar Allan Poe story. When it comes right down to it, the General is kind of gullible. First the General takes John’s word for it when John tells him that Catherine is rich. And then he believes John again when he insists that Catherine is dirt poor. Who actually just believes random, gossipy people, especially when they bluster about like John Thorpe?
    In a way, the General is himself a parodic figure that completely disrupts expectations – both Catherine’s and the readers’. Rather than behaving like the Gothic novel villain that Catherine believes him to be, the General behaves badly in a very real-world way. Granted, the General is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. And he’s “strange,” to put it mildly. But his motives stem from very realistic prejudices: namely, prejudices towards people with less money than himself. The General is a snob of the worst kind and treats those of a lower social standing than himself with disdain and rudeness. The General, and his outrageous behavior, are definitely a part of the book’s comedic effect. But his behavior and attitudes also speak to social concerns that were common in Jane Austen’s day.”

    Oh these two……hahahahahaha

    “In fact, the average age of women marrying for the first time in Jane Austen’s lifetime was probably twenty-three or twenty-four. We should not trust the judgement of Anne’s highly fallible adviser and surrogate mother Lady Russell. It was she who ‘persuaded’ the heroine to relinquish the man she truly loved. But we are to think that her reasoning is narrow-minded rather than merely absurd.”
    -pg 15 John Mullan “What Matters In Jane Austen? : Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved” Bloomsbury Press

    Congrats Curtis!!!! Although I wasn’t wild about “Eligible”, it certainly is the most interesting of the 4 Modern Austen Project books(two of which I regret reading….especially the one by “Caroline Bingley”, which had no sense or sensibility!). -Kirk
    “In her retelling of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” best-selling writer Curtis Sittenfeld imagines what life would be like for the unmarried Bennet sisters today with reality TV, CrossFit workouts, and Paleo diets. The Cincinnati native lives in St. Louis with her husband and two daughters. “Eligible” comes out in paperback on April 18.”
    “BOOKS: Is there such a thing as too much Austen?
    SITTENFELD: I’m given Jane Austen Post-It notes, dolls, and board books aimed at two-year olds, even “A Guinea Pig Pride & Prejudice,” which retells the story in photos of guinea pigs in costumes. I still love Austen’s books, but I’ve reached a saturation point with the paraphernalia, with the Jane Austen industrial complex, which I realize I have contributed to.”…/9D3nhVgQL7vaNGrv5x…/story.html

    More Bath Marathon……

    Persuasion- The Last Scene
    Here is mine and Amy’s version of Persuasion. It is a little confusing because we are both playing Anne Elliot. Double casting at its best! We had gone to Ba…

    Bath Marathon part II

    Running to find Captain Wentworth
    Me running along the royal crescent in Bath….if anyones seen the itv’s persuasion i was taking the mick out of that!

    In “honor” of today’s Boston Marathon….the Bath Marathon!!!

    Strange but amusing……-Kirk

    With all the unhappy associations on this date in history, I’m so happy to celebrate these two birthdays!!!!!!!
    “….What two letters of the alphabet are there, that express perfection?…..-I will tell you. -M. and A.–Em-ma.”
    Happiest of birthdays to Emma Thompson and Emma Watson!!!!!!

    I like the image of Mansfield Park as a maze….-Kirk

    “….from Mr Knightley’s remarks during a call at Hartfield on the morning after the party:
    ‘A very pleasant evening…You and Miss Fairfax gave us some very good music….sitting at one’s ease to be entertained a whole evening by two such young women…..’
    As is so often the case with a seemingly unimportant speech by one of Jane Austen’s characters, this one tells us something about the speaker himself and gives us a good deal of information besides. Mr Knightley must be quite well aware that Emma’s music-making is not very good, but though he is perhaps the only person in her admiring circle who never flatters her, he diplomatically avoids hurting her amour proper and praises her performance and Jane’s as if they were of equal merit. He is aware of Emma’s feelings about Jane Fairfax and he is anxious for the two girls to be on better terms, being concerted for the welfare of both.”
    -pg 83 Patrick Piggott “The Innocent Diversion: A study of Music in the life and writings of Jane Austen” Douglas Cleverdon

    Posted by: rearadmiral | April 14, 2017

    4/14 Mid-April Jane Notes…..

    Found via Margaret C. Sullivan, who says…..
    “Jane’s needlework was exquisite. As a needleworker myself, I appreciate that, the same way that, as a writer, I appreciate her words.”

    “All the private dances held in Sense and Sensibility are at the home of Sir John and Lady Middleton. Jane Austen uses these occasions, which she does not describe in any detail, to illustrate character. Sir John Middleton is a sportsman, but as he cannot hunt every day of the year, he also gives parties: ‘he delighted in collecting about him more young people than his house would hold, and the noise they were the better was he pleased…..Sir John’s generosity and kindness to the Dashwood women is in strong contrast to the cold meanness of the relatives they have just left behind at Norland. This John’s hospitable parties highlight the parsimony of the novel’s other John, John Dashwood.”
    pg63-64 Susannah Fullerton “A Dance with Jane Austen: How a Novelist and her Characters went to the Ball” Frances Lincoln Limited
    Note: As 1995 S&S doesn’t have a Lady Middleton, I’ve included Mrs Jennings and Sir John(Robert Hardy) instead.

    “It is only the sea that dances in Sanditon. The unfinished manuscript never once mentions balls or even the activity on dancing – all those invalids have other physical concerns on their minds. Perhaps, had Jane Austen lived to complete it, she would have included a dance scene and depicted Charlotte Heywood with Sidney Parker. Or Mr Parker might have come to realize that providing an assembly room for young people would do far more to attract visitors to the town than would a library or fashionable doctor.” -pg 138 Susannah Fullerton “A Dance with Jane Austen: How a Novelist and her Characters went to the Ball” Frances Lincoln Limited

    I believe Comm. Shakes. is performing this little one this summer on the Common.
    Lost Opinions
    April 11 at 1:57am ·
    In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, a pair of star-cross’d lovers exchange emails

    Austen In Boston: A Jane Austen Book Club
    April 9, 2013 ·
    Sir Edward Pellew of A&E’s Hornblower series!!

    “…he heard at the same time that Charles may be in England in the course of a month.–SIR EDWARD PELLEW succeeds Lord Gambier in his command….” JA to Cassandra Austen Thursday April 18, 1811

    Since Jane’s grave is shown at the 2.09 mark, I feel no guilt in sharing this one….dedicated on this date in 1093…maybe…

    New Vaudeville Band Winchester Cathedral
    Yeah, it’s catchy! Hey, because you’re a nice guy, I’ll give you something from the 60s funny to listen to: The Ballad of Irving, by Frank Gallup.

    “Elizabeth was sorry for Mary, and regretted her interference, but it must be admitted that is was splendidly deflating utterance and one would not have it unsaid for the world. How often, when bored to tears by the efforts of some self-satisfied musician(nowadays it is contemporary composers, rather than performers, who are usually the culprits), one longs to quote, in ringing tones, Mr Bennet’s immortal phrases.”
    -pg 55 Patrick Piggott “The Innocent Diversion: a study of music in the life and writings of Jane Austen” Douglas Cleverdon

    “In Jane Austen’s multiple layers of meaning, the Boar is the entail, which comes into force with Mr. Bennet’s death and which is personified in his heir, Rev. Mr. Collins. We have here what is perhaps the most striking mythic ambiguity in the book: Mr. Collins is both the Boar and the Bore(and his clerical status adds a further though unexploited element of traditional ritualism). Mr. Collins is in fact the axis of several polarities”.
    -pg 105 Douglas Bush “The Overwrought Urn” a potpourri of parodies of critics who triumphantly present the real meaning of authors from Jane Austen to J.D. Salinger” Edited by Charles Kaplan Pegasus, NY

    Posted by: rearadmiral | April 7, 2017

    4/7 Shower of Austen posts…

    “It is a mystery how the youngest Dashwood sister, Margaret, ever contrived to practice at all, with Marianne playing and singing all day long…..
    Most of the other Austen heroines and anti-heroines play. Some of them play really well – Jane Fairfax brilliantly, with Anne Elliot and Mary Crawford not far behind. Elizabeth Bennet, Emma Woodhouse, Caroline Bingley and the Bertram sisters all play, ‘well enough…..and their playing, and sometimes even their instruments, are skillfully woven into the stories of their joys and sorrows.” -pg 2 Patrick Piggott “The Innocent Diversion: a study of music in the life and writings of Jane Austen” Douglas Cleverdon

    Lost Opinions

    Lost Opinions is (mostly) about conjuring up smiles on dreary days, so I have no hesitation in recommending “The Longbourn Letters” to you.

    It’s a very witty and charming imagining of the correspondence between Pride & Prejudice’s Mr Bennet and Mr Collins. Written by Rose Servitova, who also curates

    Mark Brownlow (Vienna, Austria)’s review of The Longbourn Letters: The Correspondence between Mr Collins & Mr Bennet

    Austentatious Library
    April 1 at 7:09pm ·
    #NorthangerAbbey1986…not many folks appreciate this adaptation but the production makes up for it in being oddly…. unique. What do you think?

    IMO, I think you have to watch it at least once before you say you hate it. You’d have plenty of evidence for sure. But I’ve watched it a couple of times now and it’s improving on me. Had I given up after the first 10 minutes, there’s so much I would have missed…like the jarring sight of the Marchioness!!!
    ❤📖 — Miss Lydia
    #JaneAusten #AustentatiousLibrary
    #NorthangerAbbey #NorthangerAbbey1987
    #CatherineMorland #KatharineSchlesinger
    #MrsAllen #GoogieWithers
    #HenryTilney #PeterFirth
    #EleanorTilney #IngridLacey
    #GeneralTilney #RobertHardy
    #TheMarchioness #ElaineIvesCameron

    The Other Austen
    eudaimonium: “ “ list of Jane Austen adaptations: ↳ 10. Northanger Abbey (1986) ” ”

    I remain sorry I missed Alton when I visited Chawton. -Kirk

    4/1 No fooling, no riding in Boston today. Here we have the lovely Laura Spencer as Jane Bennet in the LBD. Getting psyched for the LBD rerun coming up this month. I was going to joke about turning this page in a Jane Bennet fan page(April Fools)…but a few would say that is nearly an established fact. Maybe a Fanny Price ’07 fan page? Anyone? Crickets….Kirk out….

    Posted by: rearadmiral | March 31, 2017

    3/31 Marching out like a Jane lion…

    Very well done indeed…

    Getting your Austen eggs in one basket….

    A happy Jane Fairfax is a divine sight! Right, Emma Woodhouse?


    Knebworth House, Hertfordshire:

    #muddymayhem #gardenhospice #knebworthhouse

    A post shared by Sharon Kaplan Photography (@sharonkaplanphotography) on

    Apparently from 1999 movie and not the book……/jane-austen-feminist-icon/

    Jane Austen, Feminist Icon – Los Angeles Review of Books
    The 200th anniversary of Mansfield Park and the 100th anniversary of the debate about Austen’s feminism.

    (254) Austen of Horsmonden, Kippington House and Capel Manor
    Austen of Horsmonden Austen is a common name in Kent, and a great deal of ink has been expended on trying to disentangle the origins of…

    I know it’s not supposed to be completely location accurate…hahaha I didn’t know Persuasion takes place in Kent!

    The Queen of Highbury!

    Posted by: rearadmiral | March 26, 2017

    3/26 End of March Janeness…with much Fairfax

    Perhaps this is a great overreach on my part…but…..I’ve always tried to relate this song to Jane Austen….and I think I’m way way off. The previous post from La mia vita da Janeite makes me think Jane Fairfax! Certainly the first verse? And I love the “…a cat and a mouse” line. -Kirk
    “Jane” by Jefferson Starship
    Jane, you say it’s all over for you and me, girl
    There’s a time for love and a time for letting it be, baby
    Jane you’re playing a game called, hard to get by its real name
    Making believe that you just don’t feel the same
    Oh Jane
    That’s a game on me
    Jane, you’re playing a game you never can win, girl
    You’re staying away just so I’ll ask you where you’ve been, baby
    Like a cat and a mouse (cat and a mouse)
    From door to door and house to house
    Don’t you pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about
    Were all those nights we spent together, hey hey
    Only because you didn’t know better
    I gotta know
    Jane you’re playing a game, you’re playing a game, playing a game
    Oh Jane, you’re playing a game of hide and go seek
    Jane, you’re playing for fun but I play for keeps, yes I do
    (Jane, Jane, Jane) That’s a game on me baby
    (Jane, Jane, Jane) So plain to see girl
    (Jane, Jane, Jane) Janey, Janey, Janey, Janey, Janey
    (Jane, Jane, Jane) Why you fooling with me, me, me oh
    (Jane, Jane, Jane)
    (Jane, Jane, Jane)
    (Jane, Jane, Jane)
    (Jane, Jane, Jane)

    I dearly love this adaptation, indeed it is my favorite Austen adaptation. However, this version of Jane Fairfax maybe the least successful of the three. However, there are some very nice Emma/Jane moments that the shorter adaptations probably don’t provide(I can’t remember, rewatch time!!!). I really feel for Jane and what a perfect counterbalance to Emma. Sisters of different mothers! -Kirk

    Found via Mystia Carr:

    might do this. I enjoyed many of the non-Zombie scenes. The DVD to arrived from the PL….I wish there was a non-Zombie cut! -Kirk

    Found via Devoney Looser:
    Great, galloping Jane Austen essay by Freya Johnston in Prospect.…/jane-austen-galloping-g…

    Jane Austen: Galloping girl | Prospect Magazine
    Tory or radical, prude or saucepot—there have been many Jane Austens down the ages. But her genius lies in dramatising the thrilling risks of living at breakneck speed

    “…Austen’s most technically masterful work manages to be at once an exercise in romantic wish-fulfillment and a critical study of romantic wishes, a supremely accomplished early nineteenth-century novel and a skeptical exploration of just how much novels can and cannot accomplish.”
    pg1 “Emma: An Annotated Edition. Edited by Bharat Tandon” The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

    While I generally try to steer clear of current politics, even relating to Jane Austen, since this conversation is local I decided to share it. It runs about 19 minutes. Odd, really odd and strange thing…I first listened to this one my phone….it cut off at the….18.17 mark!!!! Weird!! -Kirk…/21/why-alt-right-obsessed-jane-austen

    Why Is The Alt-Right Obsessed With Jane Austen
    Harvard Business School historian joined Boston Public Radio to talk about the legacy of Jane Austen

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    The Making of Jane Austen

    Jane Austen wrote her last known lines of fiction 200 years ago today, in the unfinished work we now call Sanditon. The story opens with a carriage accident. It ends with the date March 18:

    “I rounded the last bend in the lane, and there was the church, as idyllic and romantic as anyone could wish.
    St. Nicholas, Steventon, had stood since Norman times and so boasted a square tower that had been topped by a Victorian steeple long after Jane Austen’s day.” -pg 52 Beth Pattillo “The Dashwood Sisters tell all” Guideposts, NY
    “These lovely notecards were Designed exclusively for Austentation, by the artist, Julie Caprera. The scene is St. Nicholas Church, Steventon on “Christmas …”

    Another one found via The Jane Austen Picture Wall:

    “Interesting” choices. Found via The Jane Austen Picture Wall:…

    The 15 Most Beautifully Written Sentences In Jane Austen Novels
    If you’re a fan of Jane Austen (and honestly, isn’t most every book lover?) then you already know the 19th century novelist wrote more than beautiful love stories…

    Dan Stevens has organised an impromptu Downton Abbey reunion: ‘Look who I ran into!’

    “Jane Austen had probably seen Farnham Castle, in Surrey, and perhaps had it in mind for Osborne Castle, the home of the Osborne family, whom Emma Watson meets at the ball at the White Hart Inn.” pg 226 Deirdre Le Faye “Jane Austen: The World of Her Novels”
    “As she liked the name Emma, she evidently felt it would be a pity to abandon it along with the uncompleted tale(The Watsons -AiB), and so used it for a different heroine ten years later.” pg 227, Ibid
    Painting by Judy Joel.

    Posted by: rearadmiral | March 18, 2017

    3/18 Jane wearing green


    Oh what a Henry!

    Found via All Things Jane Austen:

    How sweet! Although designed for very young persons, this older person was charmed by it. Anna is my favorite Austen niece! And it’s national pie day in the US. Found via the Jane Austen Centre Bath newsletter! -Kirk…/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml…

    Aunt Jane and the Missing Cherry Pie: A Jane Austen Mystery for Children
    Jane Austen is the sleuth and her six-year-old niece Anna is the narrator in this fast-moving children’s mystery story. Did a robber, a goblin, or a cookie-loving dog…

    Book Review: Emma by Jane Austen
    I am four books into my read-through of the entire Jane Austen canon, and all I can say is that I enjoy each book more than the last. So does that mean that Emma, the topic of this review, is a bet…
    Here’s the review(I’m going to give this one a try) I found this one……

    A debut historical fantasy that recasts Jane Austen’s beloved Pride & Prejudice in an imaginative world of wyverns, dragons, and the warriors who fight alongside them against the monsters that threaten the kingdom: gryphons, direwolves, lamias,…

    What would Jane Austen do? – by Gillian Polack
    I have had no telephone for a fortnight. It’s probably a crossed line at an interchange and will take two seconds to fix, but changes i…

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