Posted by: rearadmiral | January 20, 2017

1/20 Elizabeth Jenkins Jane Bio quoted week in review….

One of Jane Austen’s means of enhancing probability is the extraordinary care-or perhaps the spontaneous insight-with which she manages a family relationship. This is one of the rarest attributes among novelists, but she has it in perfection. The Bennet family provide an excellent example of her skill in this respect; JANE BENNET(caps by AiB) inherits the mother’s beauty and the mother’s disposition towards good humor, which in Mrs. Bennet had been soured by her having no strength of mind to act as a preservative; but Jane combines this good humor with the father’s strong cast of mind, though that particular mind in Mr. Bennet had deteriorated into selfishness and cynicism”. pg 346-347, Elizabeth Jenkins “Jane Austen”

“Jane Austen: Portrait of a Lady: 1 p.m. Feb. 4. In 2017, the 200th anniversary of her death, Jane Austen will appear on both the two pound coin and the 10 pound note. The only female to feature more prominently on British currency is Queen Elizabeth II, one of the most recognizable faces in the world. But what did Jane Austen, the most famous female writer in the world, actually look like? Austen’s face throughout two centuries has, like the writer herself, been reticent. “Jane Austen: Portrait of a Lady” will look at the few possible portraits of the writer that exist and examine their authenticity. Only two by her sister, Cassandra, have the stamp of authority yet give little detail. Other portraits, some discovered very recently, are more detailed, but are they accurate? Examine copies of them yourself and help answer the question, “What did Jane Austen look like?” Presented by professor Price Grisham. Funded by the Friends. Free.”


Jane Austen: Portrait of a Lady Talk
Sat 1 PM · South Hamilton Hamilton-Wenham Public Library

“Admiral and Mrs. Croft strike, as it were, a major chord in the harmony of Persuasion. The Admiral himself… a figure so lovable that, with the Musgroves, he does much to create the domestic warmth of the story, that contrasts so effectively with the atmosphere of Sir Walter, Mrs. Clay and Mr. Elliot”. -pg 345, Elizabeth Jenkins “Jane Austen”

“It is Mrs. Croft, however, who is really the more interesting of the two. Her devotion to her husband is complete, and she had the strength of mind and body to able to enter activity into the way of life his profession imposed upon her.” -pg 346 Elizabeth Jenkins “Jane Austen”…/barbara-pym-the-writer-most-li…/

Barbara Pym, the writer most like Jane Austen
Jane Austen would have appreciated an acerbic comment I remember reading, something along the lines of “Any woman who can write grammatically is…

“What she had learned from this apparently eventless existence is shown by the amazing rapidity which she composed those three later novels, whose worlds of experience are so solid in their detachment, so infinite in the associations they bring about in the reader’s mind with depths upon depths of human nature, that one would imagine they had been the slow growth of half a lifetime, instead of, as they are, that of little more than a twelvemonth each”. pg 212, Elizabeth Jenkins “Jane Austen”

“Her love of children, like her love of Nature, has sometimes been ignored, and her description of the disagreeable children of Lady Middleton is made to symbolize her attitude to children as a whole”. pg182, Elizabeth Jenkins “Jane Austen”


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