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Jane Austen News – Issue 6

Jane Austen News

What’s the Jane Austen News this week?

LA Regency Ball is a 60 Second Sell-Out!

The team behind the Pasadena-based re-enactment evening, ‘The Jane Austen Evening’, which is now in its 18th year, was amazed by the popularity with which its most recently held event was met. When tickets went on sale for the event at 12pm last November 14th,  it had already sold all of the 500 tickets it had available by 12:01 pm!

LA Weekly reporter Renee Camus, who reported on this amazing achievement, also explored why Jane Austen themed balls are becoming increasingly popular. Her full article can be found here.

The Leading Ladies of Love & Freindship (sic) Talk Austen Adaptations

Kate Beckinsale, who is due to play Lady Susan Vernon in Whit Stillman’s upcoming feature film based on Austen’s Lady Susan, and Chloe Sevigny, who will take the role of her American friend Alicia Johnson, have been speaking about the issues and joys that come with adapting Austen’s work for the big screen.

“It’s really difficult to have lunch or get through doorways — I had a hat the size of a cartwheel!”

Their video interview can be seen at:

Love and Friendship, the title that Whit Stillman has chosen for the film, is due to be released in the UK on September 2nd.

Free Debates for North American Austen Fans

Much in the same way that in Karen Joy Fowler’s novel, The Jane Austen Book Club, the members go through and discuss each of Jane’s novels in depth – one per meeting, the Connecticut section of the Jane Austen Society of North America and Connecticut’s Westport Library have teamed up to analyse Jane’s work in a series of free discussions.

Their first meeting took place on Sunday and looked at Northanger Abbey. April is the turn of Sense and Sensibility, May is Mansfield Park, July is Persuasion, August is Pride and Prejudice, and September will be Emma. With a series of prominent academic figures leading the discussions, they look set to be a very interesting series of events.

Pride and Prejudice…and Complicated Punctuation? 

Adam Calhoun, a literary enthusiast, recently decided to strip back eight of his favourite novels to just their punctuation and analyse the results.

Interestingly, although Austen’s novels are renowned for long sentences and lots of commas, Adam found that Ernest Hemingway actually uses much denser punctuation. He also found that William Faulkner’s Absalom! Absalom! has many more words per sentence when compared with Pride and Prejudice.

Adam went on to take all of his research and turn the findings into beautiful graphic charts. You can view them all here.

Proposing Without Proposing

The tradition of Bachelor’s Day – where women can propose to men on February 29th, comes once every four years, and is thought to date back to around 500 A.D and St. Brigit of Kildare.

In a related article for the Guardian, Moria Redmond looked at how various female literary characters throughout the ages went about proposing without proposing (women proposing to men was simply not the done thing). Persuasion’s Anne Elliot had a good technique though…

her passionate speech at the end, delivered with a raised voice to let the gent concerned know she is keen, is a genius way of keeping her feminine delicacy while putting her balls on the line.

The full article is available here.

Eveline Helm Part Two Available To Read

And finally for the news this week, part two of Eveline Helm’s time in 1790s Bath is now freely available to read online. In this extract she explores her temporary home on the famous Paragon.

If you missed part one you can find it here.



Jane Austen Day with Charlotte

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