Jane and Cassandra: Extraordinary Sisters

Jane and Cassandra

by Caroline Kerr Taylor Their affection for each other was extreme; it passed the common love of sisters; and it had been so from childhood.  Jane’s niece, Anna Jane Austen was born in December 1775, the seventh child of Rev. and Mrs. Austen. Mrs. Austen nursed each of her babies for the first few months… Read more about Jane and Cassandra: Extraordinary Sisters


Jane Austen News – Issue 72

The Jane Austen News is keen to get gardening!

What’s the Jane Austen News this week?     The Mother of the Modern Novel Professor Kathryn Sutherland is keen to see Jane Austen praised, not as the queen of romance novels, but rather “as a pioneer — the inventor of the modern novel, the first English novelist to explore the effect of contemporary war on… Read more about Jane Austen News – Issue 72


Finding Happiness, Austen Style: Lift Yourself Up with Persuasion

Welcome to the second of a multi-part series of posts on how to lift yourself out of the blues, Austen style. Kindly reproduced here with permission from its author, Laurie Viera Rigler, who is also the author of the popular Jane Austen Addict novels.     Welcome to the Persuasion Happiness Program. Persuasion, like all of Jane Austen’s novels,… Read more about Finding Happiness, Austen Style: Lift Yourself Up with Persuasion


Jane Austen News – Issue 71

What’s the Jane Austen News this week?     A Writer With Friends? Heaven Forbid!  Authors Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney have recently seen their new book A Secret Sisterhood: The hidden friendships of Austen, Brontë, Eliot and Woolf published, and to go alongside the book they wrote an article for the Times newspaper which threw a little… Read more about Jane Austen News – Issue 71


Why Adapt Persuasion for Musical Theatre?

Persuasion A New Musical

By Harold Taw “She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older—the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.” —Persuasion, Chapter 4 I’ve encountered three reactions from those who learn we’ve adapted Jane Austen’s final complete novel Persuasion as a musical. The first is delight. This comes from people… Read more about Why Adapt Persuasion for Musical Theatre?


Jane Austen’s Life and Impact on Society

by Gracelyn Anderson Jane Austen entered the world fashionably late by one month on December 16, 1775, as one of the seven Austen children. The Austens resided in a parsonage in Steventon, England, and started a small school for boys in their home to provide extra income along with working their usual occupations. Although Jane’s… Read more about Jane Austen’s Life and Impact on Society


Jane Austen News – Issue 70

The Jane Austen News has garden envy!

What’s the Jane Austen News this week?     Words for A Wedding To Be Auctioned After seeing an announcement in a newspaper announcing the marriage of of Mr Gell of Eastbourne to Miss Gill, Jane Austen decided to play on the similarity of their names and write a simple rhyme for the amusement of her… Read more about Jane Austen News – Issue 70


Jane Austen News – Issue 69

The Jane Austen News is our new hare!

What’s the Jane Austen News this week?     You Could Live In Longbourn    If you happen to have a spare £9 million lying around then Longbourn, home of the Bennet family, could be yours! Luckington Court, which was the location used in the 1995 BBC production of Pride and Prejudice (you know the… Read more about Jane Austen News – Issue 69