Posted by: rearadmiral | June 16, 2013

Happy Father’s Day!!

From the wonderful site “My Jane Austen Book Club”:

It’s Father’s Day in most countries in the world ( though not all of them ) What about celebrating it with Austen fathers? Author Victoria Grossack guest blogs at My Jane Austen Book Club

A wonderful painting by author Jane Odiwe of George and Jane Austen:

LOL from author Jennifer Petkus:

Apparently I hate Ramsgate

From a BBC article “Did Jane Austen hate Ramsgate:

Book giveaway for Jane, Actually or Jane Austen’s Book Tour by Jennifer Petkus Jun 14-Jul 01,…www.goodreads.comEnter to win one of 5 free copies available. Giveaway dates from Jun 14-Jul 01, 2013. 

“But, in spite of these deficiencies, the wishes, the hopes, the confidence, the predictions of the small band of true friends who witnessed the ceremony, were fully answered in the perfect happiness of the union.”
–Jane Austen, Emma (1816)

I love this old print(Ed. Note: Print not attached) which shows the old Assembly Rooms in Lyme. Sadly, they were demolished some years ago to make way for a car park!
They feature in Searching for Captain Wentworth – there’s an excerpt here, which I hope you’ll enjoy!

***Rant warning!***

Last night I was awaiting a book talk by the great Joseph Ellis(Revolutionary Summer-5 stars!) at Harvard Book Store. My ears picked up when I heard Jane Austen’s name in a conversation across the aisle. I heard only bits of the conversation. Then, the 20 something pompous know-it-all brat said “Jane Austen isn’t as satirical as people think”. WHAT!!! WHAT!!!! Apparently he(lol, surprise) came to that bizarre conclusion after reading maybe 1 1/2 of her books(I couldn’t tell which ones and he left before the lecture started…GRRRRRR) and seeing some of the movies. As those locally know, I’m mostly about the love stories. However, I do also love her satire. Some prefer the satire to the love stories. -Kirk

From Thursday:

Happy Bday Fanny Burney!

Happy 500 likes on Twitter!! Our Twitter account was created and was managed so well by Karen(before the arrival of the Z man). Lol, now not managed so well by me.


“Though Edmund blindly sends Fanny off to China with Macartney, Austen emphasizes that there is ‘no reading, no China, no composure for Fanny.’ The door to the wider world that seems to have opened—to Britain’s imperial and commercial interests in the Far East, to Fanny’s continued education—is suddenly shut. Through that series of negatives, Austen negates reading, China, and composure (self possession) in a way that as readers—perhaps even as readers of one or more of these texts—we recognize as loss. Because of the lack of specificity of Edmund’s and Austen’s references, because of Fanny’s ‘misery’ (157), the great book on the table sits with a kind of blank solidity or at least opacity, a sign of what we don’t know, of the places to which neither Edmund nor the reader can with certainty follow Fanny, through which Fanny’s own progress is impeded. How far does Fanny go on that journey with Macartney, and in what capacity? How far, and with what kind of consciousness, does Jane Austen expect us to follow? Austen’s very suggestiveness here opens to us a world of possibilities, of associations that condition the remainder of our journey through the world—or worlds—of _Mansfield Park_.” Susan Allen Ford, “Fanny’s ‘great book’: Macartney’s Embassy to China and _Mansfield Park_,” _Persuasions On-Line_ 28:2 (Spring 2008).

Jane Austen, Game Theorist by Michael Suk-Youg Chwe – review

Game theory can only partially explain the complexities of Austen’s fiction, says John Mullan

Lol, unlike the author of the article, I wish Gilbert Gottfried’s reading of S&S was much longer. I wonder how long I would have/could have listened!



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