Posted by: rearadmiral | August 28, 2016

The Summer Before The War

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

Updated Book Schedule


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

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

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

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    George Jr is the brother missing from this one…

    Travelling… Or Not

    Posted by: rearadmiral | August 15, 2016

    8/15 Ides of August week in review

    A memorable stroll indeed…..

    Found via Abigail Reynolds…..

    From last week….

    The Collins circa 1940..

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

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

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

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

    Posted by: rearadmiral | August 7, 2016

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

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

    Happy Bday Romola!

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

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

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

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

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

    Posted by: rearadmiral | August 1, 2016

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

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

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

    A great find by Marianne!

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

    Posted by: rearadmiral | July 24, 2016

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

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

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

    Posted by: rearadmiral | July 17, 2016

    7/17 199 yrs ago tomorrow….


    Jane Austen Dec 16, 1775-July 18, 1817 “Aunt Jane was the general favorite with children; her ways with them being so playful, & her long circumstantial stories so delightful! These were continued from time to time, & begged for of course at all possible or impossible occasions; woven, as she proceeded out of nothing, but her own happy talent for invention. Ah! if but one of them could be now recovered!” -Anna Lefroy “Recollections of Aunt Jane”(1864)



    Happy St Swithin’s Day!…/when-winchester-races-a-poem-for-…/

    When Winchester Races-a poem for St Swithin’s Day
    July 15th is St Swithin’s Day and legend has it that if it rains today it will rain every day for 40 continuous days…as it is raining as I write it is goodbye to summer,then. St Swithin’s day if …

    Chawton sketches….
    Hardings – “Mrs Terry, Mary & Robert, with Aunt Harding & her Daughter, came from Dummer for a day & a night-all very agreeable & very much delighted with the new House, & with Chawton in general.”
    Prowting family- “Mr Prowting has opened a Gravel pit, very conveniently for my Mother, just at the mouth of the approach to his House-but it looks a little as if he meant to catch all his company. Tolerable Gravel.”
    Mr. Cottrell- “Mrs Bramstone is the sort of Woman I detest. -Mr Cottrell is worth ten of of her.”
    Miss Clewes/Mrs. Sayce- “The three Miss Knights & Mrs Sayce are just off;-the weather has got worse since the early morng,-& and whether Miss Clewes & I are to be Tete a Tete, or to have 4 gentlemen to admire us is uncertain.”
    pgs53 & 54 “The List Lover’s Guide to Jane Austen” by Joan Strasbaugh

    “Her handwriting remains to bear testimony to its own excellence; and every note and letter of hers, was finished off handsomely-There was an art then in folding and sealing-no adhesive envelopes made all easy-some people’s letters looked always loose and untidy-but her paper was sure to take the right folds, and her sealing wax to drop in the proper place.” -Caroline Austen pg 116 “The List Lover’s Guide to Jane Austen” by Joan Strasbaugh

    Posted by: rearadmiral | July 10, 2016

    7/10 Euro final edition….

    “The Books from Winton are all unpacked & put away;-the Binding has compassed them most conveniently, & there is now very good room in the Bookcase for all that we wish to have there.” -JA to Cassandra 10/27-28/1798

    I love the novella! Edith Wharton has some good ones too.…/small-is-beautiful-from-jane…

    From Jane Austen to George RR Martin: the novella is back
    Small but perfectly formed: the novella is back. The slim little sister of your regular novel, a novella is usually defined as coming in under 50,000 words. But any long…

    A new Jane Bio for 2017. All I want is a 1hr PBS adaptation of “The History of England”. Paging Rebecca Eaton and Andrew Davies!!!!…/at-home-with-jane-…/

    At Home – with Jane & Lucy
    2017 – the bicentennial of Jane Austen’s death – will see a *new* biography published by none other than Lucy Worsley. We all know Worsley’s work from her many TV specials &…

    An excellent review of my favorite Austen adaptation! -Kirk…/movie-review-emma-09-wi…

    Along the Brandywine: Movie Review: Emma ‘09 with Romola Garai and Jonny Lee Miller – BBC
    Classics, period dramas, culture, daily chores, and a bit of all the rest of the rich gifts lavishly bestowed on us by our good and gracious King

    Papa De Courcy does not approve…….
    “You must be sensible that as an only son, and the representative of an ancient family, your conduct in life is most interesting to your connections; and in the very important concern of marriage especially, there is everything at stake-your own happiness, that of your parents, and the credit of your name.” -Lady Susan

    Posted by: rearadmiral | July 4, 2016

    7/4 Happy 4th of Jane!!!!…/whit-stillman-among-the-janeit…

    Whit Stillman among the Janeites | Deborah Yaffe
    His adaptation of Lady Susan downplays a key fact: Austen’s women jockey among themselves for status and power. Men may be the prizes, but they’re not the point.
    FIRSTTHINGS.COM|BY DEBORAH YAFFE…/literary-city-guide-lon…/

    Literary City Guide: London
    London is a little bit like New York: it is constantly changing, and the books set there in different eras evoke very different Londons. Here are a handful of my favorites, from all sorts of time p…

    Margaret C. Sullivan
    June 30 at 12:50pm ·
    The Queen attended the “society wedding of the year” last weekend. The bride is a descendant of Jane Austen’s brother Edward Austen Knight.

    Jane and Her Majesty…

    Jane Austen’s music collection made available online – BBC News
    About 600 pieces of music that belonged to Jane Austen are made available online for the first time.

    Posted by: rearadmiral | June 29, 2016

    6/29 Two plus weeks in review….

    Many have seen this already but…..This page expresses no opinions on the subject….although it has many opinions….

    Bill Maher
    June 24 at 9:06pm ·
    Final ‪#‎Brexit‬ tally is in: 48% Sense and Sensibility, 52% Pride and Prejudice.

    Persuasion, Captain Wentworth, and Cracklin’ Cornbread – Mary Jane Hathaway + GIVEAWAY!!!–a-visit-with-karen
    Keep calm people!!!! From a tongue in cheek letter………..
    “I took the chair last week at an extraordinary general meeting of the Genuine Friends of Jane Austen – not to be confused with all the other bodies purporting to be admirers of that author.
    We met to discuss sending a message of solidarity to the Brontë Society, which has been suffering lately from a bad case of infighting.
    The police were called , but were not admitted after they failed to name four Jane Austen novels.
    Difficulties arose when we debated the wording of the motion and whether it should say that we “hold out the hand of friendship” or “salute” or “take note of”. For some reason this turned into a vote of no confidence in my chairmanship. I was called a crypto-Dickensian and an Arts Council lackey and I was accused of adopting a disrespectful tone when reading out the agenda. I vacated the chair, but my successor could not be agreed upon, so the rest of the meeting was chaired by an empty chair.
    The usual dispute between the Modernisers and the Traditionalists was complicated this time by the arrival of the Purists, who are the most fanatical faction and are led by Mrs Windscale, the manageress of the gift shop. You need to know that she has fallen out with Mr Perkins, the Moderniser who does the teas.
    (Mr Perkins, apparently, made an uncalled-for remark about Sense and Sensibility.)
    Two members, who had come to the meeting dressed as Mr Darcy, each raised a point of order calling on the other one to be barred and, when told they could not raise points of order from the floor, went out and shouted through the window. At this point the whole of the executive committee abruptly resigned, complaining that they were not appreciated. Someone tried to read out the minutes of the last 17 meetings and something was thrown; I think it was a cake stand of the type that Jane Austen may have used. The police were called , but were not admitted after they failed to name four Jane Austen novels. After a vote of no-confidence in the empty presiding chair, we managed to adjourn the meeting until next week in the pub car park at 11 pm.”…/no-sense-or-sensibility-from-…/

    Happy Bday Brad!!!!!

    Austen at the Seaside: Jane Visits Sidmouth

    Austen at the Seaside: Jane Visits Sidmouth
    Summer is here! Time for days at the beach with lots of sun, sand, and romance. That’s our theme in June, so grab your sunblock and join your favourite…

    This one might have been posted before. However, I saw on Isabelle’s FB page and it’s too good not to share again….…/love-and-friendship-unserious-aus…/

    Unserious Austen
    Trying to examine Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship, our definitions like adaptation or rewrite become faintly anachronistic, or clumsy. Stillman’s cinematic innovation has been to bathe cinema in a literary tone, a charmed artificiality. Now he has…

    My first three Austen’s works! I saw S&S three times in the movie theaters.

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