Posted by: rearadmiral | January 28, 2019

1/28 Happy Bday P&P Week in Review….

Eileen Collins

Published on January 28th 1813
“PRIDE AND PREJUDICE” was produced as a first and very long draft, under the title “FIRST IMPRESSIONS”, when Jane Austen was twenty-one, in the period 1796-1797. Her proud father, sending it to Cadell the bookseller and offering to pay for publication, said that it was as long as Fanny Burney’s “EVELINA”, which had been a bestseller. But the bookseller would not take it even on those terms. It remained untouched for at least twelve years, during which Jane revised a book written earlier and renamed “SENSE AND SENSIBILITY”. … “FIRST IMPRESSIONS”, the revised novel of her youth was treated drastically by Jane Austen, and the evidence shows clearly how much new material went into this final version, as well as how much was taken out, for “PRIDE AND PREJUDICE” is not nearly as long as “EVELINA”. It remains the lightest and most lyrical of all her books. She says of it herself that “it would bring the reader with increased delight to the playfulness and epigrammatism of the general style”. (Letter Feb 4th 1813)

(Richard Church in an Introduction to “PRIDE
AND PREJUDICE”: The Folio Society)

Pic 1: Rev George Austen’s Letter to Cadell
(From Deirdre Le Faye’s “WRITERS’ LIVES:
Pic 2: Title-page of the first edition of
(From Marghanita Laski’s “JANE AUSTEN

Guilty as charged!!!(I frequent three separate ones and they know who I am) 🙂

I agree with most of this review! I find the rival Harvard Press MP annotations to be “lacking”.…/the-annotated-mansfield-pa…

The Annotated Mansfield Park – Jane Austen (Edited by David M. Shapard)
Selfish Natures and Sharp Observations Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars Source: Purchased I’ve finally made it…and it feels a long time coming! This is…

Happy Bday to Edith “I never met an unhappy ending I didn’t want to write” Wharton!

Larry Ladd posted
January 24
“Life is the only real counselor; wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue.” Novelist Edith Wharton was born on this day in 1862.

The Pemberley Post No. 3 (Jan 14-20, 2019) ~ Jane Austen and More!
For your reading pleasure this week:
Bibliomania (Beineke)
Just opened! A Bibliomania exhibit at the Beineke:…/bibliomania-or-book-mad…
Kate Beckinsale – The Widow:…/the-widow-kate-beckinsale-amazo…
More on the Austen family lost (and now found) photographs:…/lost-photographs-o…
Making a William Morris Christmas at the National Portrait Gallery:
(from 2014)…/making-a-william-morris-chirstmas
800 Medieval Manuscripts from England and France 700-1200:…/cont…/accueil-en…
More on mediaeval manuscripts: evidence of women’s work on illuminated medieval manuscripts (I love this!):
The LadyLike Language of Letters (and a lost art?):…
You could spend weeks at this site: Gallica:…
Sign on for some Online Jane Austen – about Northanger Abbey – Hillsdale College – FREE:…/_a…/home/jane-austen-schedule
Must-read: an essay on early feminist criticism:…/dorothea_or_jane_the_dilemmas_o…
The Grolier Club at 100:…/des…/book-lovers-grolier-club.html
London’s transit posters – the women artists [I bought a calendar of these and have framed my favorites – so beautiful]:…/female-artist-poster-girl…/579991/
You can view many at their online collection:…/collections-online/posters
Thomas Girtin. ‘Above Lyme Regis’ (Christies)
“Better than Turner? The brief and brilliant career of Thomas Girtin” (born in 1775, just like JA): three of his works coming up at auction at Christies on January 31, 2019 in New York:…/The-Life-of-Thomas-Girtin-9651-…
18 movie/tv adaptations of books in 2019 – READ them before the movie!:…/tv-and-movie-book-adaptations-in… (including Little Women, Catch 22 (with George Clooney…), The Goldfinch, Where’d You Go Bernadette…and more)
The Library of Burnt Books (with a video):…/20190117-the-library-of-forbidden-books
A sad loss to history trivia nerds the world over: “Two Nerdy History Girls” bid farewell (but will continue their own blogs, twitter and facebook pages, and of course their books!)…/in-which-loretta…
I missed this, sad to say: Winnie-the-Pooh at the MFA – you can see a tiny bit of the exhibit here – scroll down for the preview:
For fans of Horace Walpole: thru Feb 24, 2019:
“This exhibition brings back to Strawberry Hill some of the most important masterpieces in Horace Walpole’s famous and unique collection for a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. Horace Walpole’s collection was one of the most important of the 18th century. It was dispersed in a great sale in 1842. For the first time in over 170 years, Strawberry Hill can be seen as Walpole conceived it, with the collection in the interiors as he designed it, shown in their original positions.”
You can follow this blog in the ongoing search for more of Walpole’s lost treasures:…/
This portrait of Henry Carey by Marcus Geeraerts is the supposed inspiration behind Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto (a must-read for all dedicated Jane Austen fans…)
Some old news: Jane might be appalled (though I think more likely she would have had a copy herself…), but here is a more than interesting essay on Lady Chatterley’s Lover, and the copy that sold at auction in October 2018:…/rowan-pelling-on-sex-obscenity-a…
This copy was owned by the judge in the obscenity case, the saucy bits dutifully annotated by the judge’s wife! It sold for £56,250 ($71,809), way above its £15,000 estimate:…/seeger-cone-collecti…/lot.159.html
If you are watching Masterpeice’s Victoria, you might wonder about the real history behind it all: here is the pbs version:…/spe…/victoria-s3-e1-history-in-images/#
The Chartist Movement in more detail at Wikipedia:
and a shorter version direct from Parliament:…/char…/overview/chartistmovement/
This all should keep you busy for a good while…
2019, Jane Austen in Vermont



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