Posted by: rearadmiral | June 22, 2014

Books, Books, stanzas, films, and Miss Manners????!

I loved the play below. 5 out of 5 Regency Teacups. Very Much in the style of Emma 2009. For locals, the Minuteman Library Network has one copy.

Here’s a start of a review of Dear Abigail by Diane Jacobs. As irony would have it, when I went to Tea with Abigail at the wonderful Abigail Adams Historical Society, I ran into two people I know from JASNA MA. I greatly enjoyed the book.

Dear Abigail by Diane Jacobs *****

A biography for Jane Austen fans. Dear Abigail by Diane Jacobs reminds me of Jane Austen with its concern for courting and marriage during a period of primogeniture and limited opportunities for women outside of marriage. Even more is the mufti-generational feminine point of view, and the women with self-awareness, intelligence, and wit. Abigail and her two sisters, Elizabeth and Mary, could easily assume their roles in any Jane Austen novel. They are the women, all Jane Austen readers imagined to live during the 18th and 19th centuries.

“It makes sense that Laurie Colwin, in death, should be more popular than a lot of living writers who mine the same terrain. She hit the sweet spot. She wrote about privileged people so well you could legitimately call her our Jane Austen, But also, well before Nora Ephron, she threw in recipes, and in some of her perceptions, she was cousin to Woody Allen. In a time when “literary fiction” was mostly pinched and gloomy, she was the half-full glass — she even called one of her novels “Happy All the Time.” And her writing had that key element, energy; there was a reason they played Sam and Dave before her memorial service.”

Laurie Colwin

Austen In Boston: A Jane Austen Book Club shared Drunk Austen’s photo.

What Would Jane Austen Eat (for breakfast)? -B

The ultimate guide to all Jane Austen’s major works. Now with end rhymes.
Work Text:

There once was a lady named Jane
Whose sharp tongue was everyone’s bane.
She once wrote a book
And five more then, look!
And then she stopped, which was a shame.

She was of a parson the daughter
Tom Lefroy is said to have sought her.
But Miss Austen tarried
And never got married
And no man could ever have caught her.

They said her books are just romances
With young suitors and parties and dances.
But it is quite plain
That this can’t explain
Of her stories the many nuances.

Her first novel was just a satire
The second praised reason. Admire
The third even more!
It showed how a bore
Like Collins won’t get his desire.

The fourth showed how true patience can
Turn everything right for sweet Fran.
The fifth was a riddle
(For Frankie did fiddle).
The sixth showed a constant young man.

There are so many more that she wrote
‘A History …’ I want to note.
Websters ‘Amelia’
Is in Juvenilia.
The famous works I will now quote.

She wrote of a lady named Susan
Whose letters were rather amusing.
She plotted a match
And made a bad catch
But beggars cannot be choosing.

She wrote of a horrible Abbey
From which Catherine was sent with a cabbie.
But Henry missed her
When she was not there
And proposed that they go to the Ordained Priest of the Church of England.

She wrote of three girls in distress
Whose finances were in a mess.
They met a young lad
But he was quite mad
And his love he did never profess.

Young Elinor’s love was a smart one
But his fiancée from Hell came to Barton.
Her tales were quite juicy.
She was sordid, young Lucy
And a fortune she had set her card on.

In the end though it turned out quite well.
Edward lost his fiancée from Hell.
She married his brother.
Marianne found another
And Edward was happy with Nell.

She wrote of a lady called Lizzy
Who made ev’ry gentleman dizzy
When one lad of pride.
Was after her hide
She threw him a fit that was hissy.

He then wrote a letter to Lizzy
Which contents in turn made her dizzy.
He fought off his pride
And thus saved his hide
And in the end, he got his missy.

She wrote of a pretty poor maid
Whose family’s bills were not paid.
Her sisters were terrors
But more of their errors
The authoress never has said.

She wrote of a shy lass named Frances
Who had very slim marriage chances,
Loved Edmund, not Harry
But Edmund loved Mary
And Fanny was left to learn dances.

But that Edmund whose heart beat for Mary
Had a sister who ran off with Harry.
‘Thus Edmund is free!’
Thought Fanny with glee.
And in the end, him she did marry.

She wrote of a lady of means
Who had quite a handful of spleens.
Found a man for Miss Taylor
(And he was no sailor)
And that was just in her late teens.

Miss Taylor became Mrs Weston.
That fame Emma did not just rest on
She was told off by Knightley
(He told her off rightly).
His love he did later confess on.

She wrote of a Captain called Fred
Whose lady thought his love was dead.
He wrote her a letter
And thus taught her better
And after that, took her to
And in the end – yes, they got wed!

She last wrote a town at the sea
Where tourists would pay much for tea
She could not complete
This amazing –
which is sad, really, considering what a wonderful premise it is.
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