Posted by: rearadmiral | February 28, 2013

On the edge of March!

“[D]on’t ever apologize to an author for buying something in paperback, or taking it out from a library (that’s what they’re there for. Use your library). Don’t apologize to this author for buying books second hand, or getting them from bookcrossing or borrowing a friend’s copy. What’s important to me is that people read the books and enjoy them, and that, at some point in there, the book was bought by someone. And that people who like things, tell other people. The most important thing is that people read… ” 

— Neil Gaiman

“Jane Austen loved nothing more than to talk about people. She knew a great deal about the lives of her extended family, her friends and her slighter acquaintances”. -Paula Byrne “The Real Jane Austen:A Life in Small Things”

What are your 5 favorite books about Jane Austen?

The blogger below has 3 out of 5 books that I have read. 
I liked “Becoming Jane Austen”(Jon Spence)-I think @Corrie Hughes introduced that one to the group, certainly to me. I loved a “A Jane Austen Education”(William Deresiewicz). Lol, I hated ‘Why Jane Austen?”(Rachel Brownstein). Her Jane Austen is NOT my Jane Austen, thank goodness!!!! 

In no particular order for me:
“A Jane Austen Education”(William Deresiewicz
“What Matters in Jane Austen” (John Mullan)
“Jane’s Fame”(Claire Harman) 
“Approaches to Teaching Austen’s Pride and Prejudice(Edited by Marcia McClintock Folsom)
“Jane Austen”(Carol Shields)

Two Teacups to “Jane Austen and the Enlightenment” by Peter Knox-Shaw. Some interesting points, but overall a very confusing book. The reason for the book, a battle against another scholar over certain points, seems dated and not worthy of a read of this book. 

“The lesson of Highbury is not that you have to learn to like everybody, but rather that you have to get on with people you do not like, and that these will never be in short supply” -Peter Knox-Shaw pg203 “Jane Austen and the Enlightenment”

One is sick of the very name of Jane Fairfax. Every letter from her is read forty times over; her compliments to all friends go round and round again; and if she does but send her aunt the pattern of a stomacher, or knit a pair of garters for her grandmother, one hears of nothing else for a month. I wish Jane Fairfax very well; but she tires me to death.
Mistress of Music

March 17 at 2:45pm
“You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever.”
— Mr Darcy to Elizabeth, ch.58
Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen
Jenny Allworthy @JAustenFilmClub
#Austenland for real? Jane Austen Summer Camp in CT! A Regency Retreat for grownups! 

JaneAustenCentreBath @JAConlineforum
Mr. Elton, and Miss Hawkins!–Good morning to you.” Miss Bates

JaneAustenCentreBath @JAConlineforum
Oh! Mr. Knightley is coming too. Well, that is so very!–I am sure if Jane is tired, you will be so kind as to give her your arm.–

JaneAustenCentreBath @JAConlineforum
I would not have you out in a shower!–We think she is the better for Highbury already.

JaneAustenCentreBath @JAConlineforum
but I shall not stop three minutes: and, Jane, you had better go home directly–

JaneAustenCentreBath @JAConlineforum
I mean in person–tall, and with that sort of look–and not very talkative.” Miss Bates

JaneAustenCentreBath @JAConlineforum
Oh! those dear little children. Jane, do you know I always fancy Mr. Dixon like Mr. John Knightley.

JaneAustenCentreBath @JAConlineforum
“my mother is so pleased!–she says she cannot bear to have the poor old Vicarage without a mistress

JaneAustenCentreBath @JAConlineforum
“A new neighbour for us all, Miss Woodhouse!” said Miss Bates, joyfully;

“Theatricals over that Christmas season were certainly of a kind to have given Fanny Price a tremor. Sets no less elaborate than those in Mansfield Park were ordered to give the barn the look of a theater…..The young Austens had every opportunity for losing themselves in their roles, and their situation was arguably as delicate as the Bertrams’, for Eliza was present without her husband, and both Henry and James seem to have been ****-bent on flirting with her”. pg32 “Jane Austen and The Enlightenment” by Peter Knox-Shaw
“The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things” by Paula Byrne pg 97

“The infamous remark about miscarriage has been quoted many times as proof
of her callousness, but, as Christopher Ricks notes in a brilliant essay on
Jane Austen and children, when this quotation is read aloud to an audience
of women it usually provokes great guffaws of laughter. It tends to be male critics
who find her joke distasteful; women are made of sterner stuff. Often Jane Austen’s 
bad-taste jokes are made at the expense of men: ‘Mr Waller is dead, I see; – I cannot
grieve about it, nor, perhaps, can his Widow very much’. “


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