Posted by: rearadmiral | April 20, 2016

Updated Book Schedule

P&P 1/27/19
Unsheltered 2/24/19
The Winthrop Woman 3/31/19
Dr Wortle’s School 4/28/19
Sense & Sensibility 5/18/19
In the Summer Season 6/30/19
Madame de Treymes 7/28/19


Jan : Persuasion
Feb : Choose your own! 2/25
March: March Geraldine Brooks 3/25
April : The Reef Edith Wharton 4/29

May :
June : Jane Austen at Home Lucy Worsley 6/24
July :
Aug : Rachel Ray Anthony Trollope 8/5
Sept :
Oct : Emma l0/21
Nov : Ruth Elizabeth Gaskell 11/18
Dec :

Posted by: rearadmiral | April 14, 2019

4/14 Week in review….

JASNA Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho posted…
We haven’t a quiz in awhile! What type of tea are you, based on the food you pick? Share your results in the comments!!
💌 Giveaway Update:
We have decided to keep the giveaway open until April 16, so enter again!↙️
‎Jason Nicholls-Carrer‎ to Jane Austen Fan Club
April 11 at 4:59 PM
Ok enough about the characters of her fantastic novels, What about Jane ?

Dear Darling Jane:

Its been 206 years of Pride and Prejudice‘s publication. 206 years in which girls, and some guys, have fallen in love with Darcy and wishing we had our own. Generations of people have formed friendships because of their love for the book. Mothers and daughters bond over discussions and of course seeing the adaptations. One cannot forget the first time we read Pride and Prejudice nor can we forget our very first screen Darcy (my favorite is Matthew Macfadyen ).
A lot has changed socially since your book’s publication. Women attend university and have the right to vote. Single women no longer have to rely on their male family members to provide for them since they can now earn their own living and depend solely on themselves. Family members still pester a few regarding marriage. Although some women still do marry for money, a majority of women in today’s society marry for love. It is also acceptable to set up a household and live alone as well as travel alone.

Pride and Prejudice has sold over 20 million copies since its initial publication. It’s been adapted for stage, film, and even television. You’re probably wondering what film or television is and this is the best I can describe it: think of it as a play, but instead of a stationary stage, there are moving pieces. These pieces are recorded frame by frame to create a moving picture. Pride and Prejudice also has inspired authors to write their own version based on your plot.

My favorite Pride and Prejudice television / film adaptation is the Andrew Davies production of 1995. It stars Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy and Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet. It also inspired the Lost in Austen adaptation to feature the famous lake scene from the 1995 version, where Amanda asks Mr. Darcy ( Oh My God Elliot Cowan )to emerge himself in the water as Colin Firth had done.

We learned a lot from Pride and Prejudice. You taught us to stand up for ourselves and our beliefs. Family members may embarrass us on occasion, but they are still family. Things may look dire and we think we’ll never recover from a situation, but in the end we are stronger than we think we are and do recover. You also taught us to never settle for a Mr. Collins.That there are always two sides to a story and even the most dashing man may have an ulterior motive. Through you we learned, that first impressions aren’t always what they seem and it is okay to change your mind. Most importantly you taught us, that he’s worth waiting for. When we finally meet our Darcy, he will do anything to make us happy even if involves facing his own past and knowing it is humiliating to him.

We owe a lot to you Jane. I do wish you could see the influence of not only Pride and Prejudice, but of all your books in our society. You should be proud of your accomplishment and how I wish I could turn back time and inform you not to sell your copyright, but alas that is not possible.

Thank you. Thank you for giving us a beautiful story; for the lessons learned and for the friendships formed.

Yours very affectionately,

Marie Kondo’s Contributions to the Reception History of Jane Austen

Kirk Companion is with Jasna N.Y. and 4 others.
April 8 at 10:15 PM
Because my phone charger ceased working during the overnight trip down to the event (I just attended the Sunday events) and I thus have zero photos(if there are no photos, did the event take place?!!)during the trip…..
The “joy of transportation” …many dollars and annoyance

Change fee because one bus company was so late that the next company’s bus was missed… annoying dollars

Wonderful hosts, speakers, attendees, tour of musical instruments museum, and location… priceless!

Running into a friendly face during the long layover in the tiny bus station… priceless!

JASNA Connecticut Region posted:
This year Flock Theatre presents Pride and Prejudice, an adaptation of the Jane Austen novel in the Long Parlor of the Shaw Mansion in New London CT. Enjoy the play amid this historic setting. Pride and Prejudice, adapted by Jon Jory, is a play adaptation of Jane Austen’s Regency era-set romance novel. Pride and Prejudice explores the importance of marrying for love at a time when society is pressuring young women to find profitable suitors. The story follows Mr. Bennet and his five unmarried daughters, focusing specifically on Elizabeth as she and the wealthy Mr. Darcy navigate their attraction. The play runs for three weeks May 11-26, Friday and Saturday evenings, with a Sunday Matinee. To purchase tickets, visit the Flock Theatre website

Jane Austen Fan Club posted….
Vera Miniel Rubio said…
“Just few things I wanted to share with this wonderful group who truly appreciates and understands our true love for Jane Austen .My daughter went to a wedding in London and thought of me ….I was like a kid in a candy store when I open the bag she held out to me!!!! .”

“Austen draws her landscapes without the minute descriptions of later novelists, such as Dickens(AiB-YES!!!!!!), but these landscapes provide her heroines with spaces to reflect knowledgeably-even psychically-upon their landscapes.”
pg 98 “Prospect and Refuge in the landscape of Jane Austen” by Barbara Britton Wenner 2006 Ashgate Publishing Burlington,VT
3 Regency Teacups overall but the line above should be in gold leaf, as Cassandra wrote about a line of Jane’s in Persuasion.

In honor of the Boston Marathon(best wishes to all involved!)…here’s a version of the Bath Marathon!

Posted by: rearadmiral | April 4, 2019

4/4 Another week plus a couple of days Week in Review….

Andrew Harrison‎ posted to Landscapes Of Yorkshire
Sledmere House

“Austen scholar and adaptation theorist John Wiltshire has advanced one such alternative way of looking at film adaptations and their architects. In “Recreating Jane Austen”(2001), Wiltshire suggests that, in the case of each individual adaptation, the ‘scriptwriter and filmmakers be understood as readers, and that one advantage of all such revisions is that they make public and manifest what their reading of the precursor text is, that they bring out into the discussably open the choices, acceptances and distortions that are commonly undisclosed within the private reader’s own imaginative reading process.’ ”
pg 9 “Emma Adapted: Jane Austen’s Heroine from Book to Film” by Marc DiPaolo Peter Lang NY, NY
3.75-4 Regency Teacups

Found via Jane Austen Fan Club….yes yes yes Caroline Bingley said it but……/a.22284460405…/2382960925053765/…

“Examining the Emma adaptations as a group, it becomes fairly clear that they offer diverse and contradictory readings of the novel. In fact, it is both the strength and the weakness of the films that they offer unequivocal visions of the text.”
-pg 143 “Emma Adapted: Jane Austen’s Heroine from Book to Film” by Marc DiPaolo Peter Lang NY, NY
3.75-4 Regency Teacups N.B. As this book was published in 2007, Emma 09 is not discussed. A pity!

Found via JASNA-MA, NH, and RI Facebook page….
Laura Sanscartier shared a link.
Hope this is allowed here, but the Parker Memorial Library in Dracut MA is celebrating “Austen in April” with a number of presentations, films, and book discussions. If you’re in the area, come join the fun! Visit us at for our upcoming events page and sign ups. We’ll be ending the month with a Salon! Love to see folks there!
Austen in April event: Portrait of a Lady
Wednesday Apr 3, 2019 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Austen in April event: Portrait of a Lady
Austen in April Discussion: Sense & Sensibility
Saturday Apr 6, 2019 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Austen in April event: Musicking in Jane Austen’s England
Wednesday Apr 10, 2019 from 6:00 PM – 8:15 PM
Austen in April film: Becoming Jane
Tuesday Apr 16, 2019 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Austen in April Film: Emma
Wednesday Apr 17, 2019 from 6:00 PM – 8:15 PM
Austen in April: Open Mic Salon: a Creative Forum
Saturday Apr 27, 2019 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Austen in April: Open Mic Salon: a creative forum…

Katherine Osborne-Hightower: “The Mister Collins”
A thoroughly unenjoyable take on the classic Tom Collins – This drink includes premium top-shelf gin (the label of which I’ve been told costs £800!) watery, insipid tea and large dollops of cloyingly sweet simple syrup.

“She was considered to read aloud remarkably well. I did not often hear her but once I knew her take up a volume of Evelina and read a few pages of Mr. Smith and the Brangtons and I thought it was like a play. She had a very good speaking voice….yet its tones have never been forgotten-I can recall them even now-and I know they were very pleasant”.-Caroline Austen “My Aunt Jane Austen: A Memoir”(1867)

Found via the Jane Austen Fan Club:

The Pemberley Post, No. 11 (Mar 11-24, 2019) ~ Jane Austen and So Much More!

Posted by: rearadmiral | March 24, 2019

3/24 Week(+2) in review….

“What’s the news from Kent?” (I believe that’s from 2005 P&P only)

A comment posted by Katherine Osborne-Hightower:
“The Mister Collins”
A thoroughly unenjoyable take on the classic Tom Collins – This drink includes premium top-shelf gin (the label of which I’ve been told costs £800!) watery, insipid tea and large dollops of cloyingly sweet simple syrup.…/a.10823535684…/2048348181887383/…

Guest Post ~ Nancy I. Sanders on Her New Book, “Jane Austen for Kids”

And for Emma a grove of Box Trees from…wait for it…Box Hill. A little reminder to keep it humble although perfect with all her imperfections…..:)

JASNA Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho We all want to stay humble 😊
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It’s almost too cliche to give a hyacinth to Catherine Morland….almost! 🙂

The Last Rose of Summer for reblooming Anne Elliot! 🙂

JASNA Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho Oh yes!!!
Light to mid blue flowers for the ever lovely Jane Bennet!!!! 🙂

JASNA Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho Apple blossoms from Mr. Knightley (although there is no way he would interrupt the growing cycle for his apples, so maybe a small tree to plant?). Michele🍎

Something strong and steady…annually blooming for Elinor Dashwood..:)

Team Emma! Yes yes yes…1972 should be included too. Hopefully the new one will be good too.

I rarely post these two. Not that I think they are bad but compared to Winslet and Rickman….Also I like to joke that S&S ’95 is more Marianne’s story, whereas this one is more Elinor’s story with Hattie Morahan and Dan Stevens being “divine” together…which includes the DVD comments. Thoughts?

From the Jane Austen Picture Wall:
Teresa Burvill posted:
“Good morning xx I came across Anna and Elena Balbusso (twin sisters) artists and illustrators, and I really like their work!! I hope you do too, here we have Lizzie reading Darcy’s letter and Pride and Prejudice garden xx have a lovely week end xx”

Posted by: rearadmiral | March 13, 2019

3/13 Facebook was down week in review…

Found via JASNA Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho who posted…
JASNA Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho shared a post.
Facebook is having as many issues today as Fanny Dashwood. 🙄 If you are able to access this, after a walk in the fresh snow, here is a Jane Austen letter to enjoy!
“I am got tolerably well again, quite equal to walking about and enjoying the air, and by sitting down and resting a good while between my walks, I get exercise enough. I have a scheme, however, for accomplishing more, as the weather grows spring-like. I mean to take to riding the donkey; it will be more independent and less troublesome than the use of the carriage . . .”
~Jane Austen
Letter to her niece
13 March 1816
You can see the letter below and read the text here:

Jane Austen's "Turquoise" Necklace

Jane Austen: Secret Nutritionist???(better than a “Secret Radical” to be sure) 🙂 🙂 🙂

JASNA Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho
Yesterday at 7:40 PM ·
“And once I decided to try out Austen’s health maxims (coming to terms with the fact that my love for Jane had officially reached fresh levels of commitment), I discovered that not only do her health strategies work in the 21st century, but they are as elegant and easy as everything else she wrote.”

What do you think about taking Jane Austen’s advice on health and diet?

The Pemberley Post, No. 10 (Mar 4 – Mar 10, 2019) ~ Jane Austen on the Block! and More!

Found via JASNA-Iowa:

An Accomplished Woman’s Guide posted…

Do all these International Women’s Day festivities trap me into celebrating the existence of Miss Eliza Bennet? I sincerely hope I may, in trumpeting the achievements of women on the whole, avoid giving the appearance of commending each of them individually. As my lauded creator, Miss Austen, observed, “I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.”

Lol…we read The Marriage Plot thanks to the brilliant suggestion of Karen Galbraith…not a great book for most of us but certainly something out of the usual….

Found via Abigail Reynolds!!

Not Jane Austen but from S&S 2008

Posted by: rearadmiral | March 4, 2019

3/4 Week in review….

The Pemberley Post, No. 9 (Feb 25 – Mar 3, 2019) ~ Jane Austen and More!

“An old (May 2017) article on by Brigit Katz assesses the “Six Portraits” that were on display during the 200th anniversary year (1817-2017) commemorating Jane Austen’s death. It asks the question, Was Austen demure, sardonic or glamorous? (based on no one portrait looking like any other in the group) while acknowledging that actually the “Six Portraits Deepen the Mystery of Jane Austen.”
The Mysterious Miss Austen press release for the 2017 exhibition
NPG 3630; Jane Austen by Cassandra Austen
Without going into the good / bad points of individual portraits,* I will outline the portraits that were displayed:
(*I briefly commented on “the wedding ring” image ten years ago; it continues in heavy usage. I did touch on several portraits, though, in 2013)
The pencil and watercolor sketch of Jane by her sister Cassandra Austen (circa 1810) [National Portrait Gallery]
the hollow cut silhouette by an unknown artist from circa 1810- 15 [National Portrait Gallery], “L’aimable Jane“
watercolor of Austen in blue dress, bonnet [rear view], also by Cassandra Austen, circa 1804
the 1869 James Andrews watercolor portrait [had been up for auction in 2013] and the frontispiece of her nephew’s biography, A Memoir of Jane Austen, published in 1870, based on the Andrews watercolor
portrait said to represent Jane Austen, in album belonging to James Stanier Clarke, librarian to the Prince Regent
the ‘Byrne’ portrait
No clue as to why the ‘Byrne’ but not the ‘Rice’ portrait.
The lack of portraits – though not the lack of ‘contenders’ – depicting Jane Austen echoes the story of Gilbert White of Selborne, another late-18th century Hampshire resident.
A riveting 1987 article by J.E. Chatfield actually “summarises verbal descriptions of the Selborne naturalist, the Reverend Gilbert White (1720-1793) by his contemporaries and discusses the background to each of the illustrations which have been suggested as possible likenesses of White.” After citing a group of portraits comes the notice (similar to what Jane Austen enthusiasts might typically read): “The only proven authentic likenesses of Gilbert White are two small pen and ink sketches drawn inside his copy of Alexander Pope’s translation of Homer’s Iliad now in the British Library.”
It was the growing fame of his book The Natural History of Selborne that (naturally) made “further information on [White’s] life and personality” of interest to its readers.
Chatfield’s “Likenesses of the Reverend Gilbert White” from the Hampshire Field Club & Archeological Society [PDF; 11 pages]
Under Descriptions of White: “There are relatively few recollections of him from members of his own family, in spite of the vast numbers of nephews and nieces which Gilbert White refers to in his journals.” Also mentioned, that at the time of centenary editions of the National History of Selborne (originally published in 1789) “there was no suggestion or knowledge of any portraits or sketch of White.”
Sound familiar?
It was after the sale of The Wakes (White’s home) in 1844 to Prof. Bell, “who was working on his edition of The Natural History & Antiquities of Selborne,” that a White nephew passed on recollections. The “Reverend Francis White who remembered his uncle Gilbert well, although he was only twelve years of age when White died…., provided the information on White’s physical appearance – only 5 feet 3 inches in stature, of a spare form and remarkably upright carriage.”
Nineteenth-century editions of Selborne have included “Recollections of White by older villagers.” If only such a census had been made shortly after Austen’s lifetime! It was this kind of off-hand recollection that James Edward Austen Leigh (Jane Austen’s nephew and my diarist Emma’s husband) that Edward hoped to collate from those nieces and nephews still alive. His sources, however, proved a bit problematic. And some were quite uncooperative.
An interesting comment, from circa 1880, that could so easily be applied to Jane Austen: “‘White was thought very little of till he was dead and gone, and then he was thought a great deal of.’”
I invite you to read the Chatsfield article, look at the Austen portraits as well as Gilbert White’s, and reflect on the highly valid points made.”…/portraits-jane-aus…/

Found via Cork Janeites:

“Dear Amy: In my book group, we try to keep our discussions focused by following the reading group guides or questions provided by the publisher. Nevertheless, one of our members never fails to monopolize the discussion, and her comments are mostly off the mark or anecdotal. One of our members plans to call her out in front of the group at our next discussion, and I am for some other approach to avoid embarrassing her.
Is there a good way to keep people on the topic and to avoid longwinded personal testimonials when discussing our books? — Mary
Dear Mary: I ran your question past a few people who have been in longstanding book groups, and the consensus is that your group should spend some time at the beginning of your next meeting restating and refreshing your goals — literary and otherwise.
It’s all about the fit in any social group, and if your group is more serious and literary, then you should all agree that your focus will be pointed toward the literature and away from personal stories or digressions.
The person who leads the next group meeting should start by asking members to state their objectives, and the group should decide on very basic ground rules. One person who can direct the conversation away from anecdotes and toward the book, should moderate each meeting. If this one member can’t adjust to the style of the group, she should be encouraged (privately) to find another group.
As the author of a book making the rounds of book groups, I’ll weigh in and say that, although one person dominating a conversation is never acceptable, a group of people opening up a box of wine and straying from the provided questions is exactly what I had in mind as I was writing my memoir. provides helpful tips for setting up and running a book group. (May, 2009)
Dear Amy: I have a neighbor who is part of our neighborhood book group. She doesn’t come to the monthly meetings more than twice a year, but she has used our email addresses three times in the past six months to promote her husband’s construction business, her new cleaning business and a student exchange program, which she would probably receive a referral bonus for because she has a student living with her now. I am uncomfortable with her abuse of our email addresses, and I would like to address the issue with her tactfully. — Concerned in Connecticut
Dear Concerned: In situations such as this, it is best to ask oneself, “What would Jane Austen do?” An Austen character would no doubt dispatch this issue with her customary rapier wit, all the while creating something of a commotion, which would be nicely and neatly resolved in about 200 pages. Receiving a group email three times over six months sounds tolerable to me. Bring up these solicitations at your next book club meeting. If there is a consensus within your group, send your neighbor a group-generated email reminding her that these are private email addresses, not to be used for sales purposes. If you are on your own in objecting to this, reply to your neighbor yourself, asking her to please remove your email address from her group emails.” (Aug., 2009)…/article_13079570-4c3e-5f36-97……/tomorrow-studios-to-adapt-india-set…/
“EXCLUSIVE: Tomorrow Studios, Marty Adelstein’s joint venture with ITV Studios, is adapting for television Polite Society, a modern-day retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma set in contemporary Delhi, based on Mahesh Rao’s (The Smoke Is Rising) forthcoming novel. This will mark the first mixed-language series for the production company behind such series as Snowpiercer and Hanna, as well as their first project set in India…..
Polite Society will be released by Putnam in August 2019 and marks Rao’s first book published in the U.S. Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians, contributed the following book testimonial, “Is it possible to marry a book? Because Polite Society is so funny, smart, sophisticated, and captivating, you just want to spend your whole life with it. It was love at first sight from the very first page and I never wanted it to end.” ”

The Pemberley Post, No. 8 (Feb 18-24, 2019) ~ Jane Austen and More!

While Persuasion is my 3rd favorite JA novel, I certainly can understand why some have it as their favorite!

Brighton Museums
The Royal Pavilion Garden covered with a dusting of snow last year. Today we have brillant sunshine.

Posted by: rearadmiral | February 24, 2019

2/24 Week in review…



I love FanFiction but haven’t tried any of those. Add to the TBR piles and piles! If you love Persuasion, please check out the works of EightyearsandaHalf. I think she is fantastic! And many other FanFiction friends agree. Lol, if you like short jokey little pieces, please try Boxhillboo00…please! 🙂
Found via My Jane Austen Book Club…/pride-and-prejudice-fanfiction-0222…

“Sharp and shrewish?” Methinks not! Photos chosen by AiB Adm.
@An Accomplished Woman’s Guide(AKA Caroline Bingley) posted:
A Valentine’s Day Poem for Miss Elizabeth Bennet
Roses are red
Violets are blue-ish
Your so-called “fine eyes”
Are just sharp and shrewish


For sure!

The Pemberley Post, No. 7 (Feb 11-17, 2019) ~ Jane Austen and More!

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“Going back to one of my other books, Pride and Prejudice, Lizzy in the book reads, and reading is sort of the way in which she broadens her knowledge. I can’t understand people who say I never read or I never have a book that I’m reading because I think, how can you live, you know, how can you do that? Even if it’s just twenty minutes before I go to bed, I’ll always, everyday, always read.”…/the-book-that-changed-my-life-wi…/

Posted by: rearadmiral | February 19, 2019

2/19 A few weeks in review…


Found at…/meaning-of-a-passage…:
Meaning of a passage in “Persuasion” by Jane Austen
Please refer to this extract from chapter 14 of Jane Austen’s Persuasion:
Elizabeth’s last letter had communicated a piece of news of some interest. Mr Elliot was in Bath. He had called in Camden Place; had called a second time, a third; had been pointedly attentive: if Elizabeth and her father did not deceive themselves, had been taking as much pains to seek the acquaintance, and proclaim the value of the connexion, as he had formerly taken pains to shew neglect. This was very wonderful if it were true; and Lady Russell was in a state of very agreeable curiosity and perplexity about Mr Elliot, already recanting the sentiment she had so lately expressed to Mary, of his being ‘a man whom she had no wish to see.’ She had a great wish to see him. If he really sought to reconcile himself like a dutiful branch, he must be forgiven for having dismembered himself from the paternal tree. Anne was not animated to an equal pitch by the circumstance; but she felt that she would rather see Mr Elliot again than not, which was more than she could say for many other persons in Bath. She was put down in Camden Place; and Lady Russell then drove to her own lodgings, in Rivers Street.
The above extract says that Mr. Elliot, Anne’s cousin, was in Bath. Then I can’t understand the following line: “He had called in Camden Place; had called a second time, a third; had been pointedly attentive”. What does the phrase “called in” mean?
“if Elizabeth and her father did not deceive themselves”. Why would Elizabeth and her father deceive themselves?
Why does Lady Russell hold negative opinions about Mr. Elliot?
Who thinks: “If he really sought to reconcile himself like a dutiful branch, he must be forgiven for having dismembered himself from the paternal tree.”?
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He had called in Camden Place; had called a second time, a third; had been pointedly attentive:
“Called” here means “visited.” Camden Place is the name of the building or location. The sentence means “He visited the house several times.”
if Elizabeth and her father did not deceive themselves,
It’s a rhetorical device: “Unless I’m wrong, here’s what’s happening.” The entire sentence reads “Unless Elizabeth and her father misunderstood why he was there, he was putting in just as much effort to spend time with them now as he had previously worked at ignoring them.”
If he really sought to reconcile himself like a dutiful branch, he must be forgiven for having dismembered himself from the paternal tree.
The narration is speaking; I believe the sentiment is being attributed to Lady Russell.
I haven’t read the book, but the wiki summary tries to explain why various characters object to Mr. Elliot (which, honestly, I couldn’t follow, but the upshot seems to be that he’s a money-chasing jerk).
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Title-chasing: he wants to inherit the baronetcy. – Gareth Rees Feb 6 at 11:29

Life Afloat: Jane Austen & the Royal Navy
February 4, 2019 at 9:55 am (history, people, places, travel) (jane austen’s world, mansfield park, persuasion, portsmouth)

Just reviewed (by Laurie Kaplan) in JASNA News – the newsletter of the Jane Austen Society of North America: Jane Austen’s Transatlantic Sister: The Life and Letters of Fanny Palmer Austen.
See my prior post on the book.
Fanny Palmer Austen
This biography of Bermuda-born Francis FitzWilliams Palmer, Mrs. Charles Austen, relates her short, but adventurous, life (she died at the age of only 24); as well, it discusses Jane Austen’s “naval” novels (ie, Mansfield Park and Persuasion) and the second marriage of Charles Austen.
Six years after Fanny’s death, Charles married Fanny’s sister.
Author Sheila Johnson Kindred has uncovered letters and diaries that supplement the tale. It is harrowing to read Charles’ journal comments, as he continued to pine for his deceased first wife.
Now, Sheila has launched a new book website. Read about Jane Austen’s Transatlantic Sister on the site that will explore more about “Jane Austen’s Naval World”. Retailers for purchasing also listed.
A highly recommended biography.
I had a novel naval experience little more than a month ago: I visited the Victory, Admiral Nelson’s ship, at the Portsmouth Royal Navy Historic Dockyard. Reading Sheila’s book after that experience, has actually enhanced her discussions of life aboard ship for Fanny Palmer Austen.
HMS Victory
A tour – the next time you just happen to be in Portsmouth, England! – is highly recommended for anyone interested in the Royal Navy in the period of Jane Austen. For a taste, right now, see the “Things to See” section on the HMS Victory website. You can walk the Gun Deck, see “stunning views” from the Poop Deck, and (of course) see the Great Cabin and read the plaque pointing to the spot where Nelson fell in the Battle of Trafalgar. Two extra’s that enhanced the experience of “being there” are the Figureheads Exhibit (keep an eye open for Calliope, my favorite!), as well as related “Victory” exhibits downstairs. And climb the many stairs to see the fascinating history and presentation of the ripped and torn Victory Sail.…/life-afloat-jane-a…/

Jane Austen silhouette earring studs

“To the seaside and beyond!”

“Fanny Price is most definitely not a ninny.
Views of Price’s “Mansfield Park” character, though one of Jane Austen’s least popular heroines, skew mostly positive in the minds of the eight gathered for the every-other-month meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North Florida on a recent Saturday.
But it’s up for debate, and that’s precisely what this group is here for.
“No one incites feelings quite like Fanny,” said Rich Mellman, the group’s leader.”
” “I had to find other people that got this stuff,” he said. “So that I could have some community with other people that were seeing the depth to Jane Austen’s writing and the skill and the brilliance of it.”
Woodward appreciates how the club welcomes a variety of interest levels into “it’s big tent” from those who have only seen the movies to academics.
“I was only half-kidding when I referred to it (the Jane Austen Society) as a support group.”
Woodward said he appreciates how Austen places characters in everyday situations that test their character, revealing more to the reader about the human condition than extraordinary circumstances they will never encounter.
“She gets into what it takes to make oneself a complete human being,” he said.
On Austen’s relevance, hundreds of years later, he said: “People haven’t changed that much.” ”…/tea-polite-company-and-apprec…

Found via the Jane Austen Fan Club who suggests this could be Elizabeth Bennet in spirit(yes, yes, painting is from a later period of time). Hmmm….could be Jane Bennet as well!!! 🙂

“Fans of Jane Austen may be forgiven for collapsing in a heap in 2017 after all the worldwide celebrations paying homage to the 200th anniversary of her death.
But for many devotees of the author and the Regency period, the dancing — and the dressing up — never stops.
Last month, some 300 costumed revelers gathered at the Masonic Temple in Pasadena, Calif., for the annual Jane Austen Evening. It’s just one of the regular events around the country that unite both hard-core Janeites and period dance enthusiasts under the Austen brand.
Austen-themed balls go back at least to the mid-1970s, when the Jane Austen Society of North America, a separate, more scholarly group, was formed. The Pasadena event was founded in 1998, three years after the release of Amy Heckerling’s “Clueless,” Ang Lee’s “Sense and Sensibility” and, especially, the BBC and A&E’s television adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice” (two words: Colin Firth) kicked off a new Austen boom.
The evening is less about geeking out on Austen than about what Tim Steinmeier, the event’s organizer, called “time travel.” There were no zombies in attendance, and none of the steampunk style that has taken over many Victorian balls, Mr. Steinmeier said.
“People play it straight,” he added.
But Michael R. Perry, a screenwriter who was at his 11th Austen evening, recalled at least one close encounter of the cross-cosplay kind a few years back. It involved “Battlestar Galactica” fans, who had gathered at a hotel across the street for an auction of props from that just-ended series.
“The guards wouldn’t let us in, since it was part of a ticketed fan event, but, as we turned to leave, the models who were dressed up as robots and pilots stopped us,” Mr. Perry said. “They walked us past security so that we Austenites could pose with Cylons in front of the futuristic spacecraft.”
Here are a few scenes from the evening. ……..”…/…/14/arts/jane-austen-evening.html

Pride and Prejudice
Is the unlikely story of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet the most romantic of all time? It certainly makes us swoon. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, revisit Jane Austen’s beloved novel and remember why you fell in love with it in the first place—was it the English countryside setting, the dancing, or the fiery banter between them? Or maybe it’s lines like this: “In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” ”…/best-new-books-februar…/

From the Library of Congress website and in honor of spring training(!!!)….
Baseball and Jane Austen
Not known for sports coverage, the novelist Jane Austen nonetheless gave her heroine Catherine Morland a liking for “base ball.” Women of Austen’s era did play baseball, though the game is thought to have been more social than competitive. In 1755, Englishman William Bray noted in his diary a scene that could have come right out of a Jane Austen novel, when he wrote of joining several young ladies and gentlemen at Miss Jeale’s for tea and “to play at Base Ball.”…/baseballs-r…/baseball-and-jane-austen/

Citizen’s Ink: Books are not clutter
‘They are humanity’s connective tissue.’
Feb. 2, 2019 6:00 a.m.COLUMNISTSOPINION
The Merriam dictionary defines clutter as “scattered or disordered things that impede movement or reduce effectiveness.”
I propose that books are none of these things, even when they teeter in piles on the floor.
I own a lot of books. Tangible, physical-space-occupying, paper and paste books. Enough books that when our eldest son moved out, we converted his bedroom into a library.
Despite the installation of several floor-to-ceiling bookcases, the new room accommodates only about half of my current collection. I write at a small desk in the corner of that room, next to a window. An overstuffed chair sits in the middle of the space. It’s perfect. There are always books within reach.
A friend recently made a quip about “hoarding.” I’m pretty sure it was a joke.
Viewers of the Netflix show Tidying Up With Marie Kondo may have misinterpreted her suggestion to keep only 30 books, but it was heartening to observe so many people passionately defending their books.
Some of my books have brought me joy, but judging books based only on pleasure neglects other aspects of their value.
Excellent fiction sparks a range of emotions. It offers perspective and encourages empathy, but can also be deeply disturbing and enlightening. Non-fiction books — reference, research, cookbooks, how-to and more — are invaluable sources of knowledge and wisdom. Internet searches are not a replacement for books and increasingly require a lot of wading through marketing.
Of course, I occasionally cull my book collection. Novels I’ve read, and don’t plan to revisit or loan to friends, are donated or taken to used bookstores.
Unread books are worlds waiting to be explored. Well-written fiction leaves room for the reader’s imagination to complete the story. As such, every reader has a different experience.
Books are magic. Writers who lived long ago, such as Shakespeare, Mary Shelley and Jane Austen, reach across the centuries to conjure worlds inside the imagination of anyone reading their work today.
At least 136 million physical books have been published since Gutenberg invented the printing press in the mid-15th Century. The first electronic book was created in 1971 as part of Project Gutenberg and ebooks exploded in popularity three decades later.
For a while, there were predictions ebooks would supplant physical books. However, ebook sales are down, while physical book sales are up. According to the American Association of Publishers, last year the revenue from hardcover and softcover books rose by 6.5 and two per cent respectively, compared to 2017. Ebook revenue was down 2.8 percent. Audio books are a new trend and their revenue was up 37.1 per cent.
There is a place for all formats. While I own more books than average, I don’t trip over piles because many of my books are in electronic format.
Television, movies, social media, the Internet and games compete with books for attention but publishing is holding its own.
Movies and television are two dimensional. Books take you inside the hearts and minds of the characters. As the saying goes, never judge a book by its movie (or series).
There are concerning trends. According to the American Bureau of Labor Statistics, reading for pleasure was down more than 20 percent from 2004 to 2018 and the decline was highest among men.
To reiterate, books are not clutter – they are humanity’s connective tissue.
I once read a decorating article that suggested gluing books together. Books may occasionally need to be re-homed and possibly even discarded if they become mildewed or otherwise damaged, but books should never be mistaken for knickknacks or other purely decorative objects.
Finally, no matter how few or many books reside in each of our homes, we collectively own thousands of books in the form of local libraries. The Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows libraries are important public spaces where anyone is welcome. Support for public and school libraries will ensure we all continue to have access to books.
Katherine Wagner is a member of the
Citizens’ Task Force on Transparency,
a former school trustee and member
of Golden Ears Writers.…/citizens-ink-books-are-no…/

I love Jane’s hand covering Elizabeth’s hand.

The Pemberley Post, No. 5 (Jan 28-Feb 3, 2019) ~ Jane Austen and More!

Abigail Reynolds shared a post:
“More snowdrops, but this time at Stourhead, where the rainy first proposal in the 2005 Pride & Prejudice was filmed.”

Posted by: rearadmiral | February 5, 2019

2/5 A Super week in review…

Jane Austen Fan posted:
Good morning 😁 I find some picture of behind the scenes. I hope you like it.
Pride and Prejudice BBC 1995
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This video goes well with the previous post!

Yes yes…a Guinea Pig in a couple of the photos, not a Groundhog. “Don’t be defeatist….”

JASNA Eastern WA, Northern ID posted:

Posted by: rearadmiral | January 28, 2019

1/28 Happy Bday P&P Week in Review….

Eileen Collins

Published on January 28th 1813
“PRIDE AND PREJUDICE” was produced as a first and very long draft, under the title “FIRST IMPRESSIONS”, when Jane Austen was twenty-one, in the period 1796-1797. Her proud father, sending it to Cadell the bookseller and offering to pay for publication, said that it was as long as Fanny Burney’s “EVELINA”, which had been a bestseller. But the bookseller would not take it even on those terms. It remained untouched for at least twelve years, during which Jane revised a book written earlier and renamed “SENSE AND SENSIBILITY”. … “FIRST IMPRESSIONS”, the revised novel of her youth was treated drastically by Jane Austen, and the evidence shows clearly how much new material went into this final version, as well as how much was taken out, for “PRIDE AND PREJUDICE” is not nearly as long as “EVELINA”. It remains the lightest and most lyrical of all her books. She says of it herself that “it would bring the reader with increased delight to the playfulness and epigrammatism of the general style”. (Letter Feb 4th 1813)

(Richard Church in an Introduction to “PRIDE
AND PREJUDICE”: The Folio Society)

Pic 1: Rev George Austen’s Letter to Cadell
(From Deirdre Le Faye’s “WRITERS’ LIVES:
Pic 2: Title-page of the first edition of
(From Marghanita Laski’s “JANE AUSTEN

Guilty as charged!!!(I frequent three separate ones and they know who I am) 🙂

I agree with most of this review! I find the rival Harvard Press MP annotations to be “lacking”.…/the-annotated-mansfield-pa…

The Annotated Mansfield Park – Jane Austen (Edited by David M. Shapard)
Selfish Natures and Sharp Observations Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars Source: Purchased I’ve finally made it…and it feels a long time coming! This is…

Happy Bday to Edith “I never met an unhappy ending I didn’t want to write” Wharton!

Larry Ladd posted
January 24
“Life is the only real counselor; wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue.” Novelist Edith Wharton was born on this day in 1862.

The Pemberley Post No. 3 (Jan 14-20, 2019) ~ Jane Austen and More!
For your reading pleasure this week:
Bibliomania (Beineke)
Just opened! A Bibliomania exhibit at the Beineke:…/bibliomania-or-book-mad…
Kate Beckinsale – The Widow:…/the-widow-kate-beckinsale-amazo…
More on the Austen family lost (and now found) photographs:…/lost-photographs-o…
Making a William Morris Christmas at the National Portrait Gallery:
(from 2014)…/making-a-william-morris-chirstmas
800 Medieval Manuscripts from England and France 700-1200:…/cont…/accueil-en…
More on mediaeval manuscripts: evidence of women’s work on illuminated medieval manuscripts (I love this!):
The LadyLike Language of Letters (and a lost art?):…
You could spend weeks at this site: Gallica:…
Sign on for some Online Jane Austen – about Northanger Abbey – Hillsdale College – FREE:…/_a…/home/jane-austen-schedule
Must-read: an essay on early feminist criticism:…/dorothea_or_jane_the_dilemmas_o…
The Grolier Club at 100:…/des…/book-lovers-grolier-club.html
London’s transit posters – the women artists [I bought a calendar of these and have framed my favorites – so beautiful]:…/female-artist-poster-girl…/579991/
You can view many at their online collection:…/collections-online/posters
Thomas Girtin. ‘Above Lyme Regis’ (Christies)
“Better than Turner? The brief and brilliant career of Thomas Girtin” (born in 1775, just like JA): three of his works coming up at auction at Christies on January 31, 2019 in New York:…/The-Life-of-Thomas-Girtin-9651-…
18 movie/tv adaptations of books in 2019 – READ them before the movie!:…/tv-and-movie-book-adaptations-in… (including Little Women, Catch 22 (with George Clooney…), The Goldfinch, Where’d You Go Bernadette…and more)
The Library of Burnt Books (with a video):…/20190117-the-library-of-forbidden-books
A sad loss to history trivia nerds the world over: “Two Nerdy History Girls” bid farewell (but will continue their own blogs, twitter and facebook pages, and of course their books!)…/in-which-loretta…
I missed this, sad to say: Winnie-the-Pooh at the MFA – you can see a tiny bit of the exhibit here – scroll down for the preview:
For fans of Horace Walpole: thru Feb 24, 2019:
“This exhibition brings back to Strawberry Hill some of the most important masterpieces in Horace Walpole’s famous and unique collection for a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. Horace Walpole’s collection was one of the most important of the 18th century. It was dispersed in a great sale in 1842. For the first time in over 170 years, Strawberry Hill can be seen as Walpole conceived it, with the collection in the interiors as he designed it, shown in their original positions.”
You can follow this blog in the ongoing search for more of Walpole’s lost treasures:…/
This portrait of Henry Carey by Marcus Geeraerts is the supposed inspiration behind Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto (a must-read for all dedicated Jane Austen fans…)
Some old news: Jane might be appalled (though I think more likely she would have had a copy herself…), but here is a more than interesting essay on Lady Chatterley’s Lover, and the copy that sold at auction in October 2018:…/rowan-pelling-on-sex-obscenity-a…
This copy was owned by the judge in the obscenity case, the saucy bits dutifully annotated by the judge’s wife! It sold for £56,250 ($71,809), way above its £15,000 estimate:…/seeger-cone-collecti…/lot.159.html
If you are watching Masterpeice’s Victoria, you might wonder about the real history behind it all: here is the pbs version:…/spe…/victoria-s3-e1-history-in-images/#
The Chartist Movement in more detail at Wikipedia:
and a shorter version direct from Parliament:…/char…/overview/chartistmovement/
This all should keep you busy for a good while…
2019, Jane Austen in Vermont

Posted by: rearadmiral | January 21, 2019

1/21 A few days in review…..

From Jane Austen 2017 and onwards
#OTD in 1805, 21 January, Jane Austen’s father George dies suddenly from an illness, taking the family by complete surprise.
Jane consciously stops work on the Watsons. The Austen brothers agree to help support the mother and sisters.

“How do you like this cold weather? I hope you all been earnestly praying for it as a salutary relief from the dreadfully mild and unhealthy season preceding it, fancying yourself half putrified from the want of it, and that now you all draw into the fire, complain that you never felt such bitterness of cold before, that you are half starved, quite frozen, and wish the mild weather back again with all your hearts”. Jane Austen to Cassandra Austen Sunday 1/25/1801

The Pemberley Post, No. 2 (Jan 8-14, 2019) ~ Jane Austen and More!
My round-up of the past week – so much of interest, from Dolley Madison to Vermont’s State House to Mike Myers!
Celebrating Rembrandt:…
Jane Austen’s moving poem on the death of her friend Madam [Anne] Lefroy:…/to-the-memory-of-mrs-l…/
A Jane Austen £10 note on ebay – for £49! (others available also at various prices)…/LUCKY-10-NOTE-JANE-A…/323639434583…
“How Dolley Madison Conquered the Nation’s Capital (with great images):…/dolley-madison-becoming-americ…
Mrs. Madison’s drawing room [image: Montpelier]
Another First Lady – Michelle Obama’s memoir Becoming is the highest selling print book of 2018, and it was just released in mid-November!…/78941-becoming-is-top-se…
The Broom Brigade (there were several in Vermont – who knew??): and
More Vermont: the Ceres statue stop the State House in Montpelier:
the redo of the Ceres statue atop the Vermont State House:…/02-ceres-s…/ceres-statue.html
And also:…/30_5_Winter2018-2019SavingCeres…
And here you can see the live re-installation:…/live-vermont…/1629637489
Ceres statue [image: ‘Vermont Woman’]
London’s Gentlemen’s Clubs:…/the-curious-world-of-london-s-gentl…
Image: Image: The Gaming House, A Rake’s Progress by William Hogarth. An early depiction of White’s which was at this time a notorious gambling den [Londonist]
A Guardian review of one of 2018’s best books – also has the hero immersed in Emma (how many real men are out there immersed in Emma I wonder…):…/normal-people-sally-rooney-no…
A rare Monet to be auctioned for the first time! (with an estimate of $25-$35 million) –…/a-rare-claude-monet-lands…/17395/
A terrific book at Open Access on Victorian newspapers and periodicals: A Fleet Street in Every Town: The Provincial Press in England, 1855-1900, by Andrew Hobbs – [the pdf is a free download, all 470 pages!] – Hobbs has also set up a twitter account where he will post diary excerpts daily:
Birds of America – one of the world’s rarest books by the 19thc American artist and ornithologist John James Audubon has gone on display at Liverpool Central Library, with a “Mission Impossible”-like scenario to get it there!…/rare-audubon-bird-book-displayed-at-l…
The Frankenstein exhibit at the Morgan Library ends January 27, 2019:
Also at the Morgan online: two of Humphry Repton’s redbooks are available for your viewing pleasure:…/Humphry-Reptons-Red-Books
Repton Redbook [image: Morgan]
Who knew? During a pre-Golden Globes auction, Mike Myers matched a £40,000 bid to split the prize of staying at Heckfield Place in Hampshire to get the ‘Jane Austen’ experience.’ See – the story is here:…/man-utd-julia-roberts-qatar-wor…/
January 13, 2019 7pm on PBS “I Hate Jane Austen,” with British columnist Giles Coren:…/01/11/whats-new-next-week-january-11-2… [I’ve taped this but haven’t watched it yet – if you have, tell me what you think…]
The all-over-the-press account of the Austen family photos found in an album on ebay:…/Extraordinary-photos-Jane-Aus…
Tony Grant has already done a post on his blog, with pictures:…/jane-austen-famil…
Edward Hicks, Peaceable Kingdon [image: Wikipedia]
Edward Hicks’ “Peaceable Kingdom” paintings at Christie’s:…/Edward-Hicks-The-Peaceable-King…
A collection of the wacky and weird, long before P. T. Barnum – Kirby’s Eccentric Museum, with thanks to The Gentle Author at “Spitalfields Life” (excellent images – one weirder than the next…):…/01/12/kirbys-eccentric-museum/
The beginnings of Bibliotourism: put your Library on here!
A Slave Bible [heavily edited] on view at the Museum of the Bible:
Slave Bible – Smithsonian
And again from “Spitalfields Life” – Christopher Wren’s model of St. Paul’s Cathedral – awesome pictures! I had no idea this was there!…/inside-the-model-of-st-pauls…/
Literary penguins! (Guess which Austen Hero gets his own penguin…):…/maryland-zoo-names-…/
Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies 14.2 (Fall 2018) is now online:
I have long collected Robert Sabuda’s delightful pop-up books [ ]– but here’s a new entry into the Pop-Up world – by Lego!
Happy Reading!
2019, Jane Austen in Vermont…/pemberley-post-no-2-jan…/

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