Posted by: Shirley | April 20, 2016

Updated Book Schedule


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

Mansfield Park(6/25/17)
Little Women(5/21/17)
Ross Poldark(4/30/17)
The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton(3/26/17)
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell(3/5/17)
P&P (1/29/17)

  • Belgravia by Julien Fellowes December 17
  • Choose Your Own Edith Wharton book (Nov 20/16)
  • Persuasion (10/23/16)
  • The Summer before the War by Helen Simonson(9/25/16)
  • Road trip to Edith Wharton’s The Mount (August?)
  • The Warden or Dr. Thorne (8/28/16)
  • Choose Your Own Edith Wharton book (Nov/16)
  • Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited (6/26/16)
  • Pamela Aiden’s An Assembly Such as This (5/22/16)
  • Pride & Prejudice + Heather Vogel Frederick’s Pies & Prejudice (4/24/16)
  • Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles (4/3/16)
  • Gaskell’s Sylvia’s Lovers (3/6/16)
  • Sense and Sensibility (1/31/16 & 2/4/16)
  • ” ‘……Miss Crawford took her harp,…..[Fanny] had nothing to do but to listen….Miss Crawford was too much vexed by what had passed to be in a humour for anything but music. With that, she soothed herself and amused her friend.’
    -Mansfield Park
    There is considerable irony in Jane Austen’s use of the word ‘friend’ here. It is only Mary Crawford who, at this point in the story, flatters herself that Fanny is her friend. Fanny is, of course, no such thing. Indeed it would hardly be overstating the case to call her Mary’s enemy.”
    -pg 74 Patrick Piggott “The Innocent Diversion: a study of Music in the life and writings of Jane Austen” Douglas Cleverdon London 1979
    Note: A woodcut illustration by Joan Hassall…found via Republic of Pemberley

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Oh these two……hahahahahaha

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

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

    More Bath Marathon……

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

    Bath Marathon part II

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

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

    Strange but amusing……-Kirk

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

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

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

    Posted by: rearadmiral | April 14, 2017

    4/14 Mid-April Jane Notes…..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Posted by: rearadmiral | April 7, 2017

    4/7 Shower of Austen posts…

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

    Lost Opinions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Posted by: rearadmiral | March 31, 2017

    3/31 Marching out like a Jane lion…

    Very well done indeed…

    Getting your Austen eggs in one basket….

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


    Knebworth House, Hertfordshire:

    #muddymayhem #gardenhospice #knebworthhouse

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

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

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

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

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

    The Queen of Highbury!

    Posted by: rearadmiral | March 26, 2017

    3/26 End of March Janeness…with much Fairfax

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

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

    Found via Mystia Carr:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    The Making of Jane Austen

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

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

    Another one found via The Jane Austen Picture Wall:

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

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

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

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

    Posted by: rearadmiral | March 18, 2017

    3/18 Jane wearing green


    Oh what a Henry!

    Found via All Things Jane Austen:

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

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

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

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

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

    Posted by: rearadmiral | March 10, 2017

    3/10 Frostbite Falls(brrr) week in review

    Found via Maria Grace and others:…/reading-jane-austens-final-unfin…

    Reading Jane Austen’s Final, Unfinished Novel
    Two hundred years after its author’s death, “Sanditon” remains a robust, unsparing portrait of human foolishness.

    Contrasting Upbringings: Fanny Price & Molly Gibson
    Although Molly Gibson’s and Fanny Price’s stories have many similarities, and their characters are much alike, there is at least one major difference between them. Unlike Fanny Price, Molly Gibson …

    Posted by: rearadmiral | March 3, 2017

    3/3 March Janeness

    Deborah Barnum shared a link to the group: Jane Austen in Vermont – JASNA Vermont Region.
    Yesterday at 11:33am ·
    For those of you in Boston!

    Wheel of Austen [03/03/17]
    According to Wheel of Austen creators Michelle Boncek and John Herman, audiences will watch Boston’s top comedians bring a new Jane Austen-inspired novel to life as classic characters encounter new…

    Found via Ginny Boxall:…/austenesque-novel-finds-feb…

    Austenesque Novel Finds – February 2017 – Austenesque Reviews
    February went fast, didn’t it? Even with a few less days in the month there still was an abundance of new Austenesque books published this last month!…

    Austentatious Library shared The Jane Austen Centre, Bath’s photo.
    The noble Margaret Dashwood on defending a sister’s honor ❤ Miss Katie

    "Northanger Abbey is a good point of departure, because of the boldness with which it flaunts its burlesque intention. The pattern of its burlesque element, however, is by no means simple. Though it is not subtly interwoven with the rest of the fabric, it is elaborately and ingeniously contrived.
    It presents itself with a deceptive air of simplicity and broad, bold humour". -pg 59 Mary Lascelles "Jane Austen and her art"

    Posted by: rearadmiral | February 25, 2017

    2/25 Feb Thaw

    Ok, I actually looked at pg 116 first…so…..
    “….the custom of his nature, partly to give her time to recover.”
    I love Roger and Molly!!!!! “Wives and Daughters” -Kirk

    From Austentatious Library:
    Good morning! ❤️📖 — Miss Lydia
    #JaneAusten #AustentatiousLibrary #Persuasion

    Ginny Boxall shared Visit Alton’s photo to the group: The Jane Austen Picture Wall.
    February 22 at 3:01pm ·
    Find out more about Alton on our Visit Alton FB page

    Found via the Austentatious Library:

    Found via Jane Austen Fan Club:…/travel-review-retracing-ja…

    Travel review: Retracing Jane Austen’s life in Hampshire
    This year marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. Ella Walker retraces the author’s life in Hampshire.

    Another great post by Tony Grant!!!…/…

    Bath Sometimes, among all the unwanted adverts, links and promotions that crop up on my i-phone there sometimes, just sometimes, is som…

    Found via Austentatious Library(great comment below!)….shared Alan Rickman’s photo.
    “An amazing spirit, the most perfect Col Brandon. I said when he passed that he’s with Austen now hearing from her what a dashing Brandon he was ❤ Miss Katie"

    "Caroline's reminiscences, although they do not make many specific references to her aunt, illuminate the background against which the latter lived and wrote, and provide further information on the people and events mentioned in Jane's correspondence…..Caroline's own life was singularly quiet and uneventful….when she was fourteen her father told his aunt, Mrs Leigh Perrot: 'Caroline has that playfulness of mind united with an affectionate heart, which so peculiarly marked our lamented Jane'…" -pg 1 "Reminiscences of Caroline Austen" Introduction by Deirdre Le Faye

    The dueling Jones "sisters" as Catherine Morland!!!!
    On the left, portrait of Priscilla Jones, 1796, by Thomas Barker. Deirdre Le Faye in "Jane Austen: The World of Her Novels" pgs 206-207, posts the painting and comments "Perhaps Catherine Morland looked like this when she first arrived in Bath."
    To the right, my beloved Felicity Jones in NA 2007. Photo strip by…/12-period-drama-wa…
    "#10. Catherine Morland from Northanger Abbey 2007 – Though not always modest the dresses worn by Felicity Jones as Catherine Morland are so delightfully pretty! I really love all the fabrics and details that were put into Catherine, Isabella and Eleanor's dresses for this film. My favorite is Catherine's drop-front gown (far left) because the fabric is just exquisite!"

    Posted by: rearadmiral | February 17, 2017

    2/17 For Love of the Jane!

    Found via the Wichita Public Library:

    Found via Austentatious Library:

    “No fewer than four of Jane’s novels start their main action in September: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma and Persuasion. This is not accidental, but tacitly acknowledges that the slight pause after the hectic and anxious time of harvesting gave the opportunity for both farmers and gentry to plan for agricultural and social life respectively.” -pg 105 Deirdre Le Faye “Jane Austen’s Country Life: Uncovering the rural backdrop to her life, her letters and her novels”

    Thank you Prof. Price Grisham for mentioning Anne Chancellor(Caroline Bingley ’95/Jane Austen’s great niece x 8) in his talk “Jane Austen: Portrait of a Lady” at Hamilton-Wenham PL on 2/4. Only episode 2 is unavailable of the 8 episodes. Odd note…Phyllis Logan(Downton Abbey’s Mrs Hughes) plays Mrs Austen.

    The real Jane Austen 1-8
    A BBC documentary produced in 2002 and directed by Nicky Patterson. The narrator Anne Chancellor is related to Jane Austen herself and played the part of Car…

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