What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Sir Walter Scott’s Emma on Show
Sir Walter Scott, the eminent Georgian reviewer and novelist, reviewed work from some of the most famous literary names of the era. Now a show titled “Rave Reviewer: Scott on Frankenstein, Emma and Childe Harold”, will tell the story of his engagement and interaction with some of the most famous literature of the early nineteenth century – including the works Jane Austen.
In the exhibition visitors will be able to view handwritten documents from Scott himself, from Mary Shelley and from Lord Byron, all of which bring to life the story behind preparing a work for publication and review. Scott’s own first edition of Emma will also be on show.
“Rave Reviewer: Scott on Frankenstein, Emma and Childe Harold” will be on display in Abbotsford House, Melrose, Scotland from Saturday 2nd April 2016 until the end of the season on November 2016.
Did You Know?
Helen Amy, the author of The Jane Austen Files, has written an article for BBC History Extra magazine with 8 lesser-known Jane Austen facts.
Did you know that there’s no mention on Jane’s gravestone that she was an author? Or that Jane’s cousin is said to have saved her life when she was a child?
The full article is free to read here.
Jane Austen’s Juvenilia: Beautiful Proto-Feminism
Devoney Looser, Professor of English at Arizona State University, has published a wonderful article that highlights the fire and feminism in what is possibly Jane’s most satirical work – her Juvenilia, which consists of 74,000 words written when Jane was between the ages of 11 and 17.
Lady Susan is a human train wreck, a hot mess, but many readers can’t help being charmed by the character’s manipulative intelligence, just as the gullible men who come under her spell are taken in by her sex appeal and uncanny ability to reflect back what they want her to be.
Evidence that even when she was a child, Jane was a writer with a ready wit and a sharp sense of humour.
Jane Austen and the Waterloo Map
Jane and the Waterloo Map is the thirteenth mystery in the Jane Austen series by Denver author Stephanie Barron, and this is a pretty cool review of what you can expect from it in case you haven’t read any of her other books. Think Jane Austen crossed with Sherlock Homes and you’re probably not too far off…
In her latest case Jane is faced with a body in the Prince Regent’s library and a murky world of mysterious artists.
You can read the full review here.
A Talk Not To Be Missed
Jane Austen expert Deirdre Le Fay, author of many articles and books on the subject of Jane Austen and the Georgian era, is going to be in Colyton, Devon on Wednesday March 16 giving an illustrated talk called “Jane Austen After 200 Years”.
It’s a well-documented fact that Jane visited the coastal resort of Lyme Regis, and it is thought that it’s also possible she visited Colyton, while her family holidayed in Sidmouth, as the then Vicar of Colyton had been a pupil of her father.
Local links aside, with such an eminent authority giving the talk, it’s sure to be popular with Jane Austen fans in Devon and the surrounding area.
The Advantages of Austen in an American High School
One school in California has found some surprising side-effects stemming from their staging a production of Sense and Sensibility. Students from Bakersfield College have found themselves not only speaking with British accents, but also walking taller and sitting up straighter in their chairs.
They had to learn to…carry themselves in a different way. And I think that’s moved over to their real life, I’ll see them walking and carrying themselves more elegantly and gracefully.
Perhaps a key to embracing good posture is putting on a stage adaptation of Austen!
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