Jane Austen Exhibition Opens in Basingstoke
A new temporary exhibition celebrating Jane Austen has opened in Basingstoke, England. Among the artefacts on display at the Willis Museum are Jane’s writing slope and spectacles. There is also the manuscript of one of her early works, The History of England, written in 1791, when she was just 15-years-old and living in Steventon. The various items are on temporary loan from a number of collections, making this a rare opportunity to see them together in the county of Jane’s birth.
At the launch, Hampshire Cultural Trust also announced ‘Jane Austen 200’ – Hampshire’s big theme for 2017 which will mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death.
Jane Austen’s Matchmaker Zombies Kickstarter
As we step into February (traditionally the month of love and romance), the makers of the Jane Austen Matchmaker Card Game (based on Jane Austen’s Emma) have launched a Kickstarter to create a Pride and Prejudice and Zombies version of their game.
The player with the Curse must draw from the JAMZ (Jane Austen’s Matchmaker with Zombies) pile on their turn, and whenever someone gets married.
Zombie cards transform the Cursed player’s Ladies and Gentlemen into zombies. Their combined Horror is deducted from the Cursed player’s score at the end of the game.
If the Cursed player has no living characters to transform when they draw a Zombie card, they must pass the Curse onto another player.
It sounds… gruesome!
You can find full details on their kickstarter page.
Jane Austen Sweet Treat Recipes from The Telegraph
Frequent readers of the Jane Austen Online Magazine will know that we’re partial to a good food article. We were therefore rather taken with this Telegraph piece which provides a handy summary of Jane Austen recipes.
Offerings include rout drop cakes, buttered apple tart (pictured), Bath cakes (also known as Bath buns) and strawberry tartlet.
Pride and Prejudice Turns 200 – A Cartoon Celebration
In celebration of the bicentennial anniversary of the novel, the artist illustrated and coloured an 18-frame comic that tells the story of the Bennet sisters on their search for love.
The humorous twist on the plot lines and inventive use of some best-loved quotes culminates with Darcy’s once epic proposal being summarised in just a single sentence. Can you guess which one?
What Can Pride and Prejudice Teach Us About Dating?
Playing hard to get and the ‘Jane Bennet Effect’ are two phrases that stand out in Hanna Barbosa Cesnik’s article for Columbia Spectator – and not just because they’re in the title. In her latest article, she deconstructs the romantic relationships in Pride and Prejudice and explains why the Bennet sisters were mistresses of seduction… whether they knew it, or not!
It makes for highly insightful and fun reading for the single lady despairing at Tinder.
Love and Friendship – Excitement Continues to Build
Love and Friendship, Whit Stillman’s screen adaptation of Jane Austen’s Lady Susan is receiving more praise following its debut at the Sundance Film Festival. Starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny, the film is so keenly anticipated here at the Jane Austen Centre that every new review is a frustrating reminder that we mere mortals can’t see it yet!
The Huffington Post features a great interview with Whit Stillman that discusses what drew him to Jane Austen’s world, and his interest in Lady Susan in particular.
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