Posted by: rearadmiral | April 14, 2013

Sir Colin Davis 1927-2013 and……

Nothing to do with Jane Austen, but I heard of his passing an hour ago. 😦 😦 😦

He guest conducted the BSO in Jan 2003, RVW’s 5th and Elgar’s Cello Concerto. Mere words….

Back to our regularly(right!) scheduled posts:

“The significance of Jane Austen is so personal and so universal, so intimately connected with our sense of ourselves and of our whole society, that it is impossible to imagine a time when she or her works could have delighted us long enough.” -Claire Harman “Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World” pg229(the end!)

From 1975:

“Of course anyone who truly loves books buys more of them than he or she can hope to read in one fleeting lifetime. A good book, resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper.” ~David Quammen

“I cannot decide on the fruit till I hear from you again. Besides, I cannot help thinking that it is more natural to have flowers grow out of the head than fruit. What do you think on that subject?” June 11, 1799

“I am convinced that the body is the better for the refreshment the mind receives in doing its duty.” -Sanditon
4.75 teacups out of 5 for Claire Harman’s “Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World”

What a delight! What a pleasure! This lovely non-fiction book traces Jane Austen’s strange journey from a well-kept (mostly) local secret to world literary powerhouse! This is a reread for me(I believe Austen in Boston read this in Feb 2011, our last time at Borders in Braintree perhaps?). The book wears well! I believe most Jane Austen fans, from Team Marianne(me!) to Team Elinor, will find something to like. Perhaps some of the early 20th century parts might be abit less thrilling for some. I didn’t really care for the author making a negative comment about “Jane’s Marriage” by Kipling(as over the top as it might be!). I hope the book can be updated for the 200th anniv. for P&P and the smashing success that is the Lizzy Bennet Diaries(they were hoping to raise $50,000 for a “kickstarter” campaign, they were well over $300,000 last figure I saw). -Kirk

“She has always been a family cult with us…We talk of her as if she were our living friend, and I do not believe her elect and genial spirit resents our freedom; she must know it is from our grateful love of her” -W. D. Howells pg.150 “Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered The World” by Claire Harman
Q: What did they do at the Boston Tea Party?

A: I don’t know, I wasn’t invited!


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