Posted by: rearadmiral | April 28, 2014

Better late than……

Great post from Corrie:


Just started reading one of the books we have chosen for May. This is one of the many reasons I love Austen as much as I do, the little things in her novels that reveal so much. “Little things matter, not because Austen’s interests are trivial, but because the smallest of details – a word, a blush, a little conversational stumble – reveal people’s schemes and desires. Austen developed techniques that rendered characters’ hidden motives, including motives that were hidden from the characters themselves, and gave the novel reader new opportunities to discern these from slight clues of dialogue and narrative. The talk of Austen’s ‘miniature’ art should not be a way of shrinking her achievement, but of drawing attention to its beautiful, exacting precision.” – John Mullan ‘What Matters in Jane Austen’

Kate Winslet reveals how her real life coincided with that of Marianne while filming “Sense and Sensibility”. –

“Towards the end of the filming, I was going through a bit of a personal hell time myself. It involves another person — it was the break-up of a relationship. And it left me with a very big question of ‘Who am I?’ It was bloody tough, and the fact that I started to look [terrible] probably helped with Marianne, since it coincided with her own crisis.”

~ Kate Winslet

Vintage Books & Anchor Books’s photo.
Posted by Kirk Companion · Yesterday
“Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.”
–from EMMA by Jane Austen

From the editor of the popular Annotated Pride and Prejudice comes an annotated edition of Jane Austen’s Emma that makes her beloved tale of an endearingly inept matchmaker an even more satisfying read. Here is the complete text of the novel with more than 2,200 annotations on facing pages, including:

-Explanations of historical context
-Citations from Austen’s life, letters, and other writings
-Definitions and clarifications
-Literary comments and analysis
-Maps of places in the novel
-An introduction, bibliography, and detailed chronology of events
-Nearly 200 informative illustrations

Filled with fascinating information about everything from the social status of spinsters and illegitimate children to the shopping habits of fashionable ladies to English attitudes toward gypsies, David M. Shapard’s Annotated Emma brings Austen’s world into richer focus. Read an excerpt here:

Period Drama and Movies Malta Fan Club’s photo.
April 26
Happy Birthday Susannah Harker!!! (Pride and Prejudice 1995 and other movies)

Is Mansfield Park an Aristotelian Tragedy, Comedy, Parody, Morality, none of the above or all at once? Here’s some fun from Twitter! I don’t think I copied every tweet in the series but hopefully I’ve captured the flavor. We are @AusteninBoston.

Sarah Emsley
#MansfieldPark is a tragedy, not a comedy (and not even @AusteninBoston can persuade me otherwise). #JaneAusten

Jane Austen @AusteninBoston 23h
@Sarah_Emsley Lol, not a comedy/tragedy… is a morality…as Ralph Vaughan Williams called his Pilgrim’s Progress!

paula byrne @paulajaynebyrne 23h
@Sarah_Emsley @AusteninBoston it’s neither…#allduerespect
Jane Austen @AusteninBoston 20h

@paulajaynebyrne @Sarah_Emsley If it’s neither, would that make it an antiedy? Ok, sorry about it one. It’s the meds. Lol, morality.

Sarah Emsley @Sarah_Emsley 18h
@AusteninBoston @paulajaynebyrne Would you say it’s a comedy, then?

Jane Austen @AusteninBoston 13h
@Sarah_Emsley @paulajaynebyrne Can it be a comedy(divine?) with so little humor? I’ll have to work on my theory that it’s a morality.

Jane Austen @AusteninBoston 13h
@Sarah_Emsley @paulajaynebyrne Fanny, as the “Pilgrim”(RVW changed Bunyon’s “Christian” to “Pilgrim”), meets envy, slouth, lust, evil, etc

Jane Austen @AusteninBoston 13h
@Sarah_Emsley @paulajaynebyrne On brighter side, she meets love, redemption, hope, faith, and gets to her own shinning city on a hill!

paula byrne @paulajaynebyrne 11h
@AusteninBoston @Sarah_Emsley nice theory…I think 1814 was such an interesting year for novel, Patronage (Edgeworth), Wanderer (Burney), ..

paula byrne @paulajaynebyrne 11h
@AusteninBoston @Sarah_Emsley all novels favouring meritocracy over privilge…

paula byrne @paulajaynebyrne 11h
@AusteninBoston @Sarah_Emsley and MP, for me, falls into this category…

austenismi @austenismi 5h
@paulajaynebyrne @AusteninBoston @Sarah_Emsley namely, a parody of conduct books. Thought I might add this point of view.

Sarah Emsley @Sarah_Emsley 2h
@paulajaynebyrne @AusteninBoston Both theories interesting; neither incompatible with Mansfield Park as tragedy.

Sarah Emsley @Sarah_Emsley 2h
@paulajaynebyrne @AusteninBoston The tragic action of MP is Fanny’s heroic resistance to marrying Henry.

Sarah Emsley @Sarah_Emsley 2h
@paulajaynebyrne @AusteninBoston She recognizes & averts disaster – & Aristotle says this is the best kind of tragedy.

Sarah Emsley @Sarah_Emsley 2h
@paulajaynebyrne @AusteninBoston You can read my full essay in the MLA MP collection in Oct.

Sarah Emsley @Sarah_Emsley 2h
@paulajaynebyrne @AusteninBoston Also, “Jane Austen: Poet” by George Whalley, fr. conference organized by J. McMaster, if you haven’t read.

Sarah Emsley @Sarah_Emsley 2h
@austenismi @paulajaynebyrne @AusteninBoston Interesting idea about MP as parody. Where does she make this argument? I’d like to read it.
austenismi @austenismi 2h

@Sarah_Emsley @paulajaynebyrne @AusteninBoston but if you can read Italian it’s an interesting book on Austen’s irony.

Sue Wilkes @austensengland 2h
@AusteninBoston @Sarah_Emsley @paulajaynebyrne I’ve always thought of MPark as a morality tale, not a comedy – although some comic moments

Sarah Emsley @Sarah_Emsley 2h
@austensengland @AusteninBoston @paulajaynebyrne It’s because it ends in marriage that it’s so often read as a comedy. Yes to morality tale.

Mansfield Park is a Tragedy, Not a Comedy
I’m really excited about discussing Mansfield Park with all of you this year – so excited that I can’t wait until May 9th, when my series of guest posts on the novel launches, to start the conversa…

A great review of Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid!

The Talk Like Jane Austen Quote of the Day:
“It is not by equality of merit that you can be won. That is out of the question. It is he who sees and worships your merit the strongest, who loves you most devotedly, that has the best right to a return. There I build my confidence. By that right I do and will deserve you; and when once convinced that my attachment is what I declare it, I know you too well not to entertain the warmest hopes.”
Mansfield Park Ch 34, (III, 3)

“She understood him. He could not forgive her, but he could not be unfeeling.”- Persuasion

Ok, talented casting directors….which heroine should Michelle Dockery play? As a minor character, I’m thinking Mary Crawford.

All Things Jane Austen’s photo.
Posted by Kirk Companion · April 24

Sir Francis of Oxford,Gentleman Composer in Ordinary,Late Scholar of Brasenose College,Oxford. Radical Whig,Romantic Poet,Honary student of both Joseph Haydn,and Supporter of Ludwig Van Beethoven. One Time Suiter of Miss Jane Austen (he doesn’t elaborate…(:)). He is also part of a trio called Austentation. They present musical performances from the Regency period, including material from Jane Austen’s own collections at Chawton in Hampshire. You can find more about them here: or on Facebook here: Jane Austen’s “Austentation” – Musical trio performs Period Music

“Shakespeare one gets acquainted with without knowing how. It is a part of an Englishman’s constitution. His thoughts and beauties are so spread abroad that one touches them every where, one is intimate with him by instinct.”
–from Mansfield Park (1814), by Jane Austen

Happy 450th birthday William Shakespeare.

All Things Jane Austen’s photo.
Posted by Kirk Companion · April 24

Jane Odiwe is the author of five novels, Project Darcy, Searching for Captain Wentworth, Mr Darcy’s Secret, Willoughby’s Return, and Lydia Bennet’s Story, as well as the picture book, Effusions of Fancy, and the short story, Waiting, which was commissioned for the anthology by Laurel Ann Nattress, Jane Austen Made Me Do It.
Jane is a member of the Jane Austen Society and is occasionally asked to speak on their behalf. She holds an arts degree, and initially started her working life teaching History and Art. Jane lives with her husband, children, and two cats, dividing her time between North London, and Bath, England. When she’s not writing books she enjoys painting and trying to capture the spirit of Jane Austen’s world.

April 23
Happy Bday Will, thou fawning elf-skinned flap-dragon!(Just kidding!)

Friday Fun: Shakespearean Insult Kit
Friday Fun: Shakespearean Insult KitOctober 21, 2011 By Jonathan1 CommentThis is making the rounds on the various social networks this morning so I thought it was worth sharing.Combine any of the three columns below to build your…

I’m surprised at the JA selection. Lol, at least there is a JA selection!
Recently The American Scholar selected the Ten Best Sentences Ever Written. Some are short, some long. Some are funny, some despairing. Think you have a sentence that belongs on the list? Share it with us.




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