Posted by: Kirk | December 16, 2020

12/16 Happy Bday Jane Austen……..

Jennifer Redlarczyk

December 16, 2018  · Happy Birthday Jane Austen and Ludwig van Beethoven. December 16 is certainly a glorious day for lovers of literature and music! ♫

Eileen Collins

7h  · JANE AUSTEN’S BIRTHDAY:DECEMBER 16thOn December 16th 1775 the wonderful Jane Austen was born at Steventon in Hampshire. Mrs Austen had written to Mrs Walter [wife of George Austen’s half-brother William -Hampson Walter] on August 20th of that year:”We are all, I thank God, in good health, and I am more nimble and active than I was last time, [this was Mrs Austen’s seventh pregnancy] I expect to be confined some time in November.”But November came and went, and it was not until well into December when Rev George Austen could pass on the good news of Jane’s birth to Mrs Walter. He wrote:”You have doubtless been for some time in expectation of hearing from Hampshire, and perhaps wondered a little we were in our old age [George was 44 and Cassandra was 35!!] grown such bad reckoners but so it was, for Cassy certainly expected to have been brought to bed a month ago; however last night the time came, and without a great deal of warning, everything was soon happily over. We have now another girl, a present plaything for her sister Cassy and a future companion. She is to be Jenny, and seems to me as if she would be as like Henry, as Cassy is to Neddy. Your sister thank God is pure well after it, and sends her love to you and my brother, not forgetting James and Philly…”The winter of 1775 was one of the bitterest for many years so that Jane was privately baptised on December 17th and not taken to the freezing Steventon church till the following April. (From “JANE AUSTEN: A FAMILY RECORD” by W.A. and R.A. Austen-Leigh)Pic 1:Silhouette, believed to be of Jane Austen Pic 2:A Drawing of Steventon Rectory, where Jane Austen was born, by Anna Austen Lefroy

Nathalie Novi

12h  · A very happy birthday to my lovely Jane Austen!« le Musée imaginaire de Jane Austen » texte de Fabrice Colin, éditions Albin Michel 2017. En vente chez tous nos merveilleux libraires.“The imaginary museum of Jane Austen” Albin Michel publisherA very happy birthday to my lovely Jane Austen!′′ Jane Austen’s Imaginary Museum ′′ text by Fabrice Colin, editions Albin Michel 2017. For sale at all our wonderful booksellers.“The imaginary museum of Jane Austen” Albin Michel publisher

Friends of the Rochester Public Library

14m  · Happy Birthday, Jane Austen!FAMOUSBIRTHDAYS.COMLearn about Jane AustenFun facts: before fame, family life, popularity rankings, and more.

Jane Austen Society of Australia

December 13 at 2:01 PM  · Celebrating Jane Austen’s Birthday – JASA Christmas Lunch On Saturday we held our annual event to celebrate Jane Austen’s birthday. What a wonderful event it was; everybody thoroughly enjoyed themselves and loved being out and socialising with friends. We celebrated the 25th anniversary of the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice through games, trivia and watching clips (the lake scene was one of them, of course!). Thanks to Jenny Reeves for organising the event and Dianne Speakman, Amanda Jones and Suzi Chosid for organising the entertainment. We also took time to thank our President, Susannah Fullerton, who has done a wonderful job ensuring that we continue to hold events in this extraordinary and challenging year. Susannah has worked even harder to make sure that JASA continues to run as many events as possible and showed immense courage leading in this difficult year.

Samuel KeeleHappy Birthday Jane Austen Celebration!

9 hrs  ·   · Too bad we can’t have a proper Jane Austen Party! Complete with a Ball in a Ballroom. One of these days…

Jennifer TozerJane Austen Fan Club

17 hrs  ·   · Happy Birthday, Jane!!

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National Trust 

5h  · Happy birthday, Jane Austen.Fans of her work will be familiar with the special places in our care that feature as locations for screen adaptations of her best-loved books. Can you tell us the names of these places and the title of the TV series or film in which they appear? Extra points if you recall any scenes that were filmed here. No prizes, this one’s just for fun.

Jane Austen Society of NA- St. Louis

Page · 524 like this · Nonprofit Organization1 hr  ·   · Happy birthday to Jane Austen, born on this day in 1775!

Page · 1.9K like this · Education Website7 hrs  ·   · Jane Austen’s Birthday Dec 16, 1775surfnetkids.comJane Austen » Resources » Surfnetkids

Jasna Dayton

Page · 278 like this · Nonprofit Organization1 hr  ·   · Happy birthday, Jane Austen! Is anyone celebrating our favorite author today (or this week)?Jane Austen Society of North America’s postJane Austen was born this day in Steventon, Hampshire, 245 years ago. Today we celebrate the gift of Jane! “We have now another girl, a present plaything for her sister Cassy and a future companion. She is to be Jenny….” — Rev. George Austen, in a December 17, 1775 letter

Betty Parker EllisHappy Birthday Jane Austen Celebration!

11 hrs  ·   · Champagne is chilling. I’m ready for it!!!

Jane Austen London Group

December 12 at 5:28 PM  · 2020 is a year few of us would like to see repeated. Still we are grateful to have Jane Austen and her work to comfort and encourage us through the difficult time. Today, thanks to the devoted effort by our group’s committee, and technology, transcending time and space, we celebrated Jane Austen’s birthday, virtual style. Reading of selected exerts from Jane Austen’s novels and others, and the annual toast to her by our patron, Professor John Mullan, lifted our spirit and put smiles on everyone’s face. Happy Birthday Jane, we love you!!

Helen LightbodyMill Park Library Book Club

2 hrs  ·   · Happy Birthday Jane Austen! Do you have a favourite book written by her?facebook.comState Library Victoria’s post🎂 Happy birthday to Jane Austen! ❤️ The English novelist who revolutionised the literary romance was born on this day in 1775. To celebrate, we look at how her work continues to influence popular culture and explore the Library’s wonderful Jane Austen collection. Read more on our blog here:

Jane Austen’s House@JaneAustenHouse
·Well, how’s this for a birthday cake?! An entirely edible gingerbread Jane Austen’s House! Created by the talented Brittany Richmond and Emily Knapp in response to our #janeaustengingerbreadchallenge! Happy Birthday, Jane Austen! #janeausten#janeaustenshouse

·“We have now another girl, a present plaything for her sister Cassy, and a future companion. She is to be Jenny.” – George Austen. Happy 245th birthday Jane Austen born #OTD 1775!

Taller Literario de Jane Austen@TaLitJaneAusten


245 years ago this mesmerizing woman was born and she gifted us with her now celebrated ironic novels laced with romantic and comedic events where her diverse characters take the lead and try to make the best of their lives while immersed in the society they live in. 1/3 EN10:14 PM · Dec 15, 2020·Twitter for Android3 Retweets7 LikesTaller Literario de Jane Austen@TaLitJaneAusten·Replying to @TaLitJaneAustenThank you so much, Jane Austen!!

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What a pride and joy is to be able to read and comment you and your works. What a pride and joy is to be able to find dedicated people to share these readings and commentary with!! 2/3 EN12Taller Literario de Jane Austen@TaLitJaneAusten·


We want to thank every single one of you for making this incredible journey of us possible bringing in your readings and your comments and turning this project into a nice and wonderful experience!! Thank you all so much

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Jane Austen 2017 and onwards

12h  · #OTD in 1775, 16 December, JANE AUSTEN was born at Steventon Parsonage. Happy birthday to my heroine


Jane Austen Society of North America

3h  · Jane Austen was born this day in Steventon, Hampshire, 245 years ago. Today we celebrate the gift of Jane! “We have now another girl, a present plaything for her sister Cassy and a future companion. She is to be Jenny….” — Rev. George Austen, in a December 17, 1775 letter

Karen @karebear8685·Happy 245th birthday to Jane Austen!! One of my favorite relations but don’t tell the rest of my family.

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Happy birthday to Theo James whom I’m glad I’m not related to because that would make things rather awkward at the dinner table. #CelebrateJane#SaveSanditon#Sanditon

Antara Deblina@loiyfgjn·

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“Let other pens dwell on guilt & misery.” ~Jane Austen

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Happy birthday to my favorite novelist Jane Austen.

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The New Yorker@NewYorker
·On this day in 1775, Jane Austen was born; Austen fever, or more particularly Darcymania, is still upon us.Jane Austen’s WorldHow the writer has remained a phenomenon for more than two

My Focus Jewelry@MyFocusJewelry
·Novelist Jane Austen was born on this day in 1775. Austen wrote six major novels and pioneered the use of ordinary people engaged in daily life in her works.

George H. Peters  #FBPE #FBIR@gehapeters
·Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817)

Carol Cahill@cahill_cp
·Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings. -Mansfield Park Jane Austen b: December 16,1775 #JaneAusten

_ hellomsmags @MMagturo·Happy Birthday, Jane Austen! We are ever so grateful for the worlds you have created. We will get you that HEA! Hope you’re amused by our passionate devotion to #Sanditon

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Historia y Vida@historiayvida · 1hJane Austen cumple 245 años. aunque casi todos sus escritos cuentan historias de amor con final feliz, Jane nunca tuvo un Mr. Darcy en su vida. Tampoco le hizo falta: su avanzada mentalidad iba más allá de las costumbres y los matrimonios de conveniencia.

Virginia Greig@vgreig007
·Happy 245th Birthday #JaneAusten !

From the Austen Blog…link above….

“Once again, the calendar turns to the end of the year and we gather to celebrate the anniversary of Jane Austen’s birth. Here in Anno Domini Two Thousand and Twenty, well, it’s a little different from usual. To say the least, this year has been deeply weird, and not just because of the pandemic.

2020 has been a year of upheaval in so many ways, and that includes within Janeiteland itself. A very much belated recognition of the role of race in Austen’s work and that of her contemporaries has come to the forefront this year, and we consider it a good thing. We like to say that Janeiteland is a big tent, though we meant that to be with regard to opinions about Jane Austen. But now we hope that tent has become more welcoming, more inclusive and inviting, as well. There is work to be done, without a doubt, but at least it has started.

A lot of our gatherings have become virtual this year, which is not odd to us as gatherings here at AustenBlog HQ have always been virtual. But a vaccine for COVID-19 is OUT THERE and we hope by the next such celebration, things will be better. We do not say, “back to normal,” as we think the world has changed permanently, not least from the loss of so very many beloved souls. We can understand if some of our Gentle Readers see no reason to have any kind of celebration at this time, quite literally the darkest time of the year.

But we believe Herself still merits recognition of the day, at least. Jane Austen has given us so much, and yet so little that we cling to each tidbit with tenacity. Each new adaptation, each virtual talk or gathering, each new work of criticism or history, each new JAFF novel give us something to feed our desire that Jane Austen had lived to write more books. But at the same time, whenever we gather in her name, even to read a blog post, is a little miracle. She wrote six books, and some more things, more than two centuries ago–and yet here we are still, reading and re-reading and watching and discussing and enjoying. Happy birthday, Jane, and may we continue to gather, however we can, for many more.

Gentle Reader, are you doing anything special for Jane Austen’s birthday? Do you want to share your thoughts or good wishes? Please feel free to use the comments.

Jenny Lyn Bader@JennyLynBader·“It sometimes happens that a woman is handsomer at 29 than she was 10 years before…if there has been neither ill-health nor anxiety, it is a time of life at which scarcely any charm is lost.” And if you think 29 looks good, 245 looks even better! Happy #JaneAusten day to all!Quote Tweet

Karen Eterovich@lovearmd · 1hOh, Zack! Hopefully, next time when you’re out you’ll meet #ElizabethBennet! Thanks for sharing this. Absolutely a window to #JaneAusten s time.…

lidia_strada@LidiaStrada·my favorite book pride and prejudice #JaneAusten#FelizMiercolesQuote Tweet

Kare Plus Banbury@kpbanbury · 1hHappy Jane Austen Day! One of the Greatest Female Authors in Literature History and will be remembered for many more years to come. Sense and Sensibility is my favourite Jane Austen Novel, but i do have a soft spot for Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice!



Raquel Contreras@Raquel_CS
·#JaneAusten rules

Tulsa Library@tulsalibrary·Happy birthday, #JaneAusten! Find titles by her in our catalog: Read about December-born authors we’re celebrating in this post on our #blog:

Greg Blair@gregblairwrites
·And what’s your favorite movie or multiple-episode TV story based on a book you enjoyed? One of my favorite all-time books is Pride And Prejudice by #JaneAusten . The 1995 six-part BBC TV series is outstanding. #am reading #WritingCommunity#WednesdayThoughts

Second Story Books Rockville@SSBrockville
·#JaneAusten (16 Dec 1775 – 18 Jul 1817) was a novelist who portrayed the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Her use of irony, along with her realism, humor, and social commentary, have long earned her acclaim.

·Me when reading Emma by Jane Austen and going over how much Emma believes she’s the perfect matchmaker. #Emma#JaneAusten#BookwormJokes#BookReviews#HoneyBooBoo#OhNo#GIF#IDontNeedTheDrama

Librería París@Vivalibros·#IdeasParaRegalar

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Tal día como hoy en 1775 nació #JaneAusten. Muchos son sus clásicos de la literatura universal pero si quieres algo especial, te recomendamos “Orgullo y prejuicio” en una edición limitada en caja con un espejo de bolso de regalo.

Kare Plus Banbury@kpbanbury·Happy Jane Austen Day! One of the Greatest Female Authors in Literature History and will be remembered for many more years to come. Sense and Sensibility is my favourite Jane Austen Novel, but i do have a soft spot for Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice!



Love Sanditon uk@LSanditon
·Happy birthday #TheoJames and #JaneAusten I would not be here on Twitter with such wonderful people , without both of you! #sanditon#SanditonPBS#savesanditon

Alice Nord@AliceANord
·“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid” – Henry Tilney in “Northanger Abbey” on the infamous “The Mysteries of Udolpho,” which really isn’t as bad as people say. Happy birthday #JaneAusten!

KCU Young Library@KCUYoungLibrary
·Happy bday, #JaneAusten! Born 1775, Jane is one of the most recognizable names in literature to this day. Her 6 novels and poetry are some of the greatest works in the English canon. Steep some tea and read the featured ebook or stream the movie from our online catalog! #kcureads

Explore Churches@ExploreChurches
·‘Indulge your imagination in every possible flight’ Today marks the 245th birthday of #JaneAusten. Beloved across the globe for her tales about ordinary people in everyday life. @jasnaorg have curated a wonderful list of the churches Jane knew. Enjoy :

Margaret C. Sullivan@mcsullivan
·Happy Jane Day, Tweeps! #JaneAusten

Visit Hampshire@VisitHampshire·Happy 245th Birthday to Jane Austen!

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#OnThisDay in 1775 Jane was born in Hampshire. Find out more about her life in Hampshire and the attractions you can visit here:…#JaneAusten@VisitEngland

Rohase Piercy@PiercyRohase·A great way to celebrate #JaneAusten ‘s 245th Birthday!Quote Tweet

weirdsisters, ink@Weirdinksisters · 4hThis week on the blog, an alternative view of the #PrideandPrejudice story from the perspective of the much-maligned Anne de Bourgh – an extract from Rohase Piercy’s ‘Before Elizabeth’:

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Happy Birthday Miss Austen! Which was your favourite book or character that she wrote? #JaneAusten #books #readingforpleasure #OnThisDay

JosseyBassEducation@JBEducation·Over two centuries later and #JaneAusten is still as relevant as ever. Celebrate her birthday today by taking a dive back into one of her classics. Which is your favorite?

The Making of Jane Austen

1h  · Happy 245th bday to Jane Austen, 250th to Beethoven, and 92nd to Philip K. Dick. We know which team we’re on! Today my book, The Making of Jane Austen, has been e-bargain-basemented on BookBub, Amazon, Apple, and Google for $1.99. It says it’s “Available for a limited time,” which is, I think, BookBub speak for “High Pressure Sales Tactic.” What would Jane say? Hope you’re finding a good way to celebrate today!…/the-making-of-jane-austen-by…

Posted by: Kirk | 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: Kirk | January 24, 2022

1/24 Week in review….

Diana ShandJane Austen daily

20h  · Martha Lloyd who was born in 1765, died #OTD in 1843, 24 January.She was Jane Austen’s dearest friend after her sister Cassandra, and is now known also as a collector of recipes.The Lloyd family had much in common with the Austens and from an early time, visits between the two families were frequent. Though no one knows quite how they met, the Austens and Lloyds shared many mutual friends and when the Reverend Lloyd died in 1789, his widow and her two oldest, single daughters were happy to move into the unused Deane parsonage, a mile and a half from Steventon, offered by Reverend Austen.After three years (1792), when Jane Austen’s brother, James, married and assumed the parish of Deane, it was necessary for the Lloyds to move, this time to a home in Hurstbourne, called Ibthorpe. Though only 15 miles (24 km) from Steventon, this separation must have seemed cruel to Jane, who had few friends nearby and no mode of transportation. It is clear from Jane Austen’s correspondence that her friend Martha was privy to her great secret—her writing.In 1805 changes abounded for the Austen and Lloyd families. Many years had now passed since James Austen’s first wife had died and he had remarried again, choosing the younger Miss Mary Lloyd to be his second wife.It was while they were living in Bath, Somerset that Mr. Austen finally succumbed to his long illness and not too many months later that Mrs. Lloyd also died. The women, being in a delicate financial state, decided to combine housekeeping and all four (Mrs. Austen, Cassandra, Jane and Martha Lloyd) moved to Southampton to be with Jane’s older brother Frank and his wife, Mary. As an officer in the Navy, Frank was often away from home and this joining of households not only helped him look after his widowed mother, but provided constant companionship for his soon pregnant wife. It seems to have been, by all accounts, an excellent arrangement.On 7 July 1809, Jane Austen moved to a cottage in Chawton, together with her mother, her sister Cassandra, and their friend Martha Lloyd, at the invitation of her brother Edward Austen Knight, on whose estate it lay. The Austen family remained at Chawton Cottage, even after Jane Austen’s death in 1817. Martha Lloyd took on many duties as housekeeper for the family, though the work was divided among the three surviving women. Info source:…/martha-and…Martha was buried in the Churchyard of St. Peter and St. Paul at Wymering.Images: Many thanks for letting me use your excellent pictures Hazel Mills

One of Jane Austen’s means of enhancing probability is the extraordinary care-or perhaps the spontaneous insight-with which she manages a family relationship. This is one of the rarest attributes among novelists, but she has it in perfection. The Bennet family provide an excellent example of her skill in this respect; JANE BENNET(caps by AiB) inherits the mother’s beauty and the mother’s disposition towards good humor, which in Mrs. Bennet had been soured by her having no strength of mind to act as a preservative; but Jane combines this good humor with the father’s strong cast of mind, though that particular mind in Mr. Bennet had deteriorated into selfishness and cynicism”. pg 346-347, Elizabeth Jenkins “Jane Austen”

Posted by: Kirk | January 18, 2022

1/18 Week in review…

Austen In Boston: A Jane Austen Book Club

January 16, 2014  · We are readers. We don’t just love books, we cherish them. We don’t just want books, we need them. We don’t just read books, we are the characters in the books. We feel their happiness, their pain, their losses, and their gains. Reading isn’t just a hobby, it’s who we are. We are readers.

Posted by: Kirk | January 9, 2022

1/9 Week in review….

Admiral Croft!

· January 8, 2020  · Happy Bday Tom Lefroy!!!!From Wikipedia:”In a letter started on Thursday (14 January 1796), and finished the following morning, there was another mention of him.Friday. — At length the day is come on which I am to flirt my last with Tom Lefroy, and when you receive this it will be over. My tears flow as I write at the melancholy idea…..In the latter years of Tom Lefroy’s life, he was questioned about his relationship with Jane Austen by his nephew, and admitted to having loved Jane Austen, but stated that it was a “boyish love”.[7] As is written in a letter sent from T.E.P. Lefroy to James Edward Austen Leigh in 1870,My late venerable uncle … said in so many words that he was in love with her, although he qualified his confession by saying it was a boyish love. As this occurred in a friendly & private conversation, I feel some doubt whether I ought to make it public.”

Posted by: Kirk | January 2, 2022

1/2/2022(!) Week in review….

Posted by: Kirk | December 27, 2021

12/27 Week in review…

Great find(and discussion) by JASNA Orlando!DECEMBER 31, 2018A JANE AUSTEN HEROINE’S NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONSby JACQUELINE FIRKINS1. Learn to play the pianoforte moderately well. Stick to duets.2. Stop taking long walks in the rain while underdressed.3. Throw out the expired smelling salts. Replace promptly.4. Avoid rakes with jaunty names that start with W. Perfect sideburns are not indicative of mature relationship potential.5. Love my sisters but be slightly more interesting and intelligent than they are.6. Forgive my father for mangling the line of inheritance.7. Ignore my mother’s marriage advice. Especially if it involves a not-so-distant relation or anyone in the clergy.8. Seriously, stick to that thing about the walks. Consumption’s the worst.9. Argue less about who’s taking which carriage. We’ll all get there eventually.10. Prepare witty discourse before the ball. Don’t get caught off guard mid-quadrille while not quite touching the man I hate right now but might marry.11. Stop moaning about how poor I am in front of the servants.12. Take the long way home to avoid the rectory. Seriously. That guy’s creepy.13. Cultivate one distinct but acceptable flaw. Shyness, curiosity, and a strong adherence to societal constraints are all worth considering.14. De-clutter my bonnet collection. When was the last time I wore that thing?15. Stop stressing about my love life. The most eligible men in the county always pick the smart girl.…/a-jane-austen-heroines-new…

Posted by: Kirk | December 19, 2021

12/19 Week in review…

Posted by: Kirk | December 12, 2021

12/12 Week in review….

1 Year AgoSee your memoriesEileen CollinsDecember 12, 2020  · JANE AUSTEN AND CHRISTMAS Jane Austen seems to make some reference to Christmas in most of her novels.In “NORTHANGER ABBEY” we read that Catherine Morland wondered “What gown and what head-dress she should wear?” Jane Austen’s narrative voice comments that “Dress is at all times a frivolous distinction …” Catherine knew all this very well; her great-aunt had read her a lecture on the subject only the Christmas before; and yet she lay awake ten minutes on Wednesday night debating between her spotted and her tamboured muslin …”(NA Vol I Ch 10)In “EMMA” we meet Isabella Knightley, née Woodhouse, who has married Mr John Knightley and is very happily settled with her husband and five children in Brunswick Square, London. Despite her concern for her family’s health and comfort [resembling her father in this] she is willing to make the journey from London to Hartfield in order to spend the Christmas holiday with her father, Mr Woodhouse, and her sister Emma.

Another great find by JASNA Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho who wrote….JASNA Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho14h · It’s National Brownie Day. Anyone up for a “Grinch” Tea Party with Grinch Brownies? This recipe below uses a brownie mix, but you could use your favorite scratch recipe for the base! Please share your favorite recipes below! Do you prefer cakey or fudgy brownies?

Posted by: Kirk | December 5, 2021

12/5 Week in review….

Miss Benford’s Emporium

2d  · A PILGRIMAGE TO BATH: Part 3 – In the footsteps of Jane AustenIn Parts 1 & 2 we walked behind Catherine Morland up to Beechen Cliff and we saw Ann Elliot in careful watch for Captain Wentworth but on this final walk I wanted to follow the creator of these vivid characters as she navigates a path through her own conflicting views of Bath.The internationally famous Bath Festival celebrates Jane’s links with the city as do the two ‘Bath novels’ despite neither having been written there. Some biographers focus on her enjoyment of all that the bustling city had to offer and others point to her eagerness to leave and the dampening effect her residence there had on her creativity. I see both, and think the reason for this is the very different nature of her visits. When she was young and visiting Bath on holiday, she saw Bath as Catherine did; with the eyes of an excited young woman from a rural background who eagerly anticipates discovering the shops, balls and young men. When she is forced to reside there slightly later in life, she views the city through Ann’s eyes; as someone forced to remain there because of her family’s wishes and at a time when Bath is losing its hold on fashionable society and the sparkle of excitement is waning. The former is all anticipation and excitement, the latter is weighed by the responsibilities of finding affordable lodgings and unsettled by the constant moving from place to place and worry about money and her parents’ health. I’m sure many of us have enjoyed a holiday well enough but could not imagine ourselves living there with all the weighty decisions that would accompany such a change.

“Jane Austen” by Carol Shields From the conclusion of book: “Her legacy is not a piece of reportage from the society of a particular past, but a wise and compelling exploration of human nature”. She continued, “Her men and women speak their needs and define the barriers that separate them from peace and satisfaction. They are as alive today in their longings as they were, two hundred years ago, when she first gave them breath”.”A Little History of Literature” by John SutherlandWhat a delight! The best chapter, of course, is “The Sharpest Mind: Jane Austen”. Some great chapters about certain authors I’ll never read as well! Lol!”Austen’s fiction demonstrates, supremely well, that a literary work need not be large to be great. And what can two inches of ivory contain? Everything worth writing about, if the brush and the surface are in the hands of a genius” – John Sutherland

Posted by: Kirk | November 27, 2021

11/27 Week in review….

Posted by: Kirk | November 20, 2021

11/20 Another two wks in review….

Austenprose – A Jane Austen Blog

October 26 at 5:31 PM  · The inspiration of Jane Fairfax’s piano in EMMA may have more meaning to Jane Austen than we previously realized!

Aspirational Luxury, Jane Austen, and Piano Rentals | Modern Philology: Vol 119, No 2

JOURNALS.UCHICAGO.EDUAspirational Luxury, Jane Austen, and Piano Rentals | Modern Philology: Vol 119, No 2Abstract Ledgers in the archives of John Broadwood & Sons, famous Georgian manufacturer of pianos, contain previously overlooked Austen family references about the hire and purchase of Broadwood pianos at Chawton House by Jane Austen’s brother Edward Knight in 1813 and 1814. The timing of the fami…

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