In Praise of Jane

  • “Praying with Jane” – a Review by Laura Boyle
    In Praying with Jane, Rachel Dodge has managed to present Jane Austen’s life “in a style entirely new”, taking a closer look at the heart behind the one of the most beloved authors of all time. Much of what is known of Jane’s life comes in the form of her (censored) letters and the reminiscences …
  • Jane Austen: Family Therapist? jane austen familyby Patrice Sarath
    One of the joys of re-reading Jane Austen’s novels is finding something new each time, bringing with it a deeper understanding of her characters and the society in which they live. Although Austen is known as a romance writer (and, I would argue, the inventor of modern romance structure), I find her illustration …
  • Pride and Prejudice and “Universally Acknowledged” “Truths” Pride and Prejudice and “Universally Acknowledged” “Truths”
    by Seth Snow

    Jane Austen’s readers are quite familiar with the opening line of Pride and Prejudice:
    It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of …

  • Why Jane Austen’s Persuasion Still Captivates Audiences Jane Austen's PersuasionThis Spring 2018, Theatre6 is producing a touring production of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Artistic Director Kate McGregor discusses why they’ve chosen to adapt the work for six actor musicians, and why Persuasion remains so captivating for today’s audiences.

    Adapting a novel like Jane Austen’s Persuasion for the stage, from the earliest planning stages until the opening …

  • The Janeites by Rudyard Kipling Rudyard Kipling's The JaneitesThe Janeites – Rudyard Kipling’s Short Story
    Rudyard Kipling’s short story entitled “The Janeites”, about a group of World War I soldiers who were secretly fans of Austen’s novels. This short story is often cited as the place from where the term Janeite came. 
     

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    Jane lies in Winchester-blessed be her shade!
    Praise the Lord for making her, and …

  • A Library Talk About Jane Austen by Margaret Mills
    As a part-time adult education lecturer in English literature and history, I am never happier than when I am asked to deliver a course or a talk about Jane Austen’s life and work.
    In October 2017 I was asked to give a talk at our local public library, and I was delighted to hear …
  • Austen Superpowers: Finding Yours with Lizzy Bennet Lizzy BennetAusten Superpowers: Finding Yours with Lizzy Bennet

    Kindly reproduced here with permission from its author, Laurie Viera Rigler, who is also the author of the popular Jane Austen Addict novels.
    We dream of them. We want to be them. We wish they were our best friend. Or our partner. And sometimes, we wish we could shake some sense …

  • An Interview with Author Rachel Knowles What regency Women Did For UsNot all Regency women were alike…
    Author and Regency history blogger Rachel Knowles came to visit us at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath recently, and she was kind enough to tell us a little more about her latest book, What Regency Women Did For Us, and about some of the amazing women of the Regency.
    Over …
  • Finding Happiness, Austen Style, with Emma, our favourite matchmaker Finding happiness with EmmaWelcome to the fourth of a multi-part series of posts on how to lift yourself out of the blues, Austen style. This time, with Emma.
    Kindly reproduced here with permission from its author, Laurie Viera Rigler, who is also the author of the popular Jane Austen Addict novels.
    Does the following sound familiar to you?
    You’ve found the perfect certain …
  • The Enduring Inspiration of Miss Jane Austen Now and Forever Reviewer of Austenesque worksWe’re delighted to be able to bring you this fantastic blog post by Claudine Pepe; blogger and devoted Austen fan, in which she asks fellow Austenesque authors why Jane Austen inspires them so much, and why they personally have an enduring love for Jane Austen and all things Austenesque.
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    Fans of Jane Austen throughout the world …
  • Jane Austen and the Oliphant in the Room by Alice Chandler, author of Aunt Jane and the Missing Cherry Pie

    I do apologize for the pun in my title.
    The Olifant I refer to is Margaret Olifant (1828-1894), a prolific and popular nineteenth-century writer and said to be Queen Victoria’s favorite novelist. The reason that I figuratively place Olifant in the same room as Jane …

  • The Enduring Love For Jane Austen By Jon Michail

    Jane Austen passed away 200 years ago, yet the names of Lizzy Bennet and Mr Darcy are familiar even to people who have never picked up one of Austen’s novels.
    Then there are those who have read Austen’s works…. countless times. The academics, the Janeites, and those who simply appreciate her work for …

  • Finding Happiness, Austen Style: Party with Bride and Prejudice Bride and PrejudiceWelcome to the third 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.

     
    The days are getting shorter. Winter is coming. A dragon has been turned. But …

  • Oxford asks: Which Jane? which jane?by Elizabeth Jane Timms

    As part of the 200th anniversary events to commemorate Jane Austen’s death, the Bodleian Libraries launched its major summer 2017 exhibition in June, asking the intriguing question to its visitors – “Which Jane”? The exhibition seeks to challenge previously held views of Jane, arguing that she was perhaps, driven by ambition, as …

  • Is Jane Austen a Great Writer? By Linore Rose Burkard

    Quora is growing in popularity. What is Quora? A forum where anyone can ask a question to the world (the world as registered on the site, that is) and expect an answer. The good thing about Quora is that you can ask any question you want, and you might learn a thing …

  • In Defence of Jane Austen by Rhian Helen Fender
     
    “Mrs Edwards thinks you are a child still. But we know better than that, don’t we.”
    So began the 2008 television adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1811 novel Sense and Sensibility, with the cad Willoughby seducing the naïve ward of heroic Colonel Brandon. The atmosphere seductive with low-light and fireplace burning, ripping bodices and …
  • Austen Mania austen maniaIt is a truth universally acknowledged that an English graduate with absolutely no fortune must be in want of a job.
     
    Three weeks later…
    And I landed myself with the most perfect role; dressing up in long, elegant dresses, talking about one of the most famous female authors of all time and not to mention the opportunity …
  • Jane and Cassandra: Extraordinary Sisters Jane and Cassandraby Caroline Kerr Taylor
    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 before they were taken to a neighboring family (the Littleworths). Each child was looked after by this family for the first couple of years until …
  • 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 family …

  • Happiness, Austen Style: Read It Out, Act It Out, Dance It Out Welcome to the first 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.
     
    Perhaps it’s just that kind of day. Or year. Bottom line: you’re feeling none …
  • Jane Austen and Illness Jane Austen and illnessby Margaret Mills
    What reading material do you turn to if you are unwell?   The novelist Mrs Elizabeth Gaskell wrote a letter early in 1865 to John Ruskin, about one of her own books, in which she said: “whenever I am ailing or ill, I take Cranford and – I was going to say enjoy it …
  • The effects of the family’s misfortunes on Jane Austen’s death Jane Austen's DeathBy Caroline Kerr Taylor

    2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. She is one of the world’s most popular literary giants. It was a tragic loss that she died at 41, just as her star was gaining traction in the literary firmaments.
    We will never know for sure the exact cause of her death. The …

  • Parbake & Prose: Making Mr Bingley’s soup
    Parbake & Prose is a project created by sibling bibliophile and chef team, Daniella Rossi and Eric Upper.
    The concept is pretty simple: Parbake & Prose takes a look at great works of literature, from Greek epic poems to modern classics, and creates recipes based on the dishes in them. Daniella lives in London and …
  • Jane Austen For Children: Aunt Jane and the Missing Cherry Pie Aunt Jane and the Missing Cherry Pieby Alice Chandler
    How did I come to write Aunt Jane and the Missing Cherry Pie: A Jane Austen Mystery for Children?

    Jane Austen has been part of my life for almost all of my life, ever since my parents took me to see the 1940 movie version of Pride and Prejudice when I was nine. They …

  • A Dangerous Intimacy: Mansfield Park and Playing at Love Contrary WindBy Lona Manning

    A group of young people, passing the rainy weeks of autumn together in “a dull country house,” decide to entertain themselves by staging a play. So what’s so wrong about that, as the critic Lionel Trilling asks rhetorically in his 1954 essay?
    The characters in Jane Austen’s great novel, Mansfield Park, devote a great …

  • A Letter to Jane Austen – Part Three This is the third and final instalment of a most interesting letter written by Hans van Leeuwen, a lovely Jane Austen fan from the Netherlands. (Part one can be found here, and part two can be read here.)
    Hans is hoping to receive remarks and tips for improvements from native speakers of English, preferably Jane Austen devotees, and …
  • A Letter to Jane Austen – Part Two Jane austen biographyThis is part two of a most interesting letter written by Hans van Leeuwen, a lovely Jane Austen fan from the Netherlands. (Part one can be found here)
    Hans is hoping to receive remarks and tips for improvements from native speakers of English, preferably Jane Austen devotees, and the purpose of sharing the letter with us is …
  • A Letter to Jane Austen – Part One Jane austen biographyThis is part one of a most interesting letter written by Hans van Leeuwen, a lovely Jane Austen fan from the Netherlands.
    Hans is hoping to receive remarks and tips for improvements from native speakers of English, preferably Jane Austen devotees, and the purpose of sharing the letter with us is so that some valuable feedback might …
  • Writing In Tough Times: Jane Austen in Bath and Southhampton Jane Austen Writers' ClubExclusive content by Rebecca Smith, author of The Jane Austen Writers’ Club

    One of the hardest things about writing is just keeping going.
    Lots of people can write well, but to finish a novel, receive rejections, keep on editing and revising and then do it all over again takes real stamina. Most published authors’ first novels aren’t …

  • The new Jane Austen Portrait by Melissa Dring New Jane Austen portraitIn 2001, Melissa Dring was commissioned by David Baldock, the Director of the Jane Austen Centre, Bath, to produce a new Jane Austen portrait using forensic methods, as she might have appeared during her time in Bath, 1801-06.
  • What Would Jane Drink? – Coffee in Jane Austen’s Work and World By Rudy Caretti
    Tea or coffee?
    It’s one of the great British dilemmas… Despite our image as a nation of tea lovers, the numbers tell a different story. According to a report by Mintel Coffee UK, about 70 million cups of coffee were sold each day in Britain in 2008. Another report released in 2012 showed that …
  • Jane gets a makeover… The Jane Austen Pop Art range Jane Austen Pop ArtThis new twist on the earlier image is a reinvention, a celebration, and also a reminder that Jane is a true icon, whose qualities commend her as freshly to each new generation as to the one before.
  • Why Jane Austen? A simple, yet complex answer… By Gabrielle Lesage
    Around my friends I am known as the Austen Fanatic. Among my academic peers I am the Austen Enthusiast. I wear these titles with pride because Jane Austen has had a tremendous impact on my life. As often as we hear these words from devoted readers of Austen, I cannot help but repeat …
  • Jane Austen’s Fame and Fortune, Now and Then Caroline Kerr Taylor explores Jane Austen’s financial and critical success
  • Why I love Jane Austen, by Eva O’Flynn Eva O’Flynn relates her reasons for loving Jane Austen
  • What Jane Austen Means to Me by Becca Hemmings Giftshop Manager Becca Hemmings describes how her time at the Jane Austen Centre inspired her life’s work.
  • Pride & Prejudice – The Panto! Jonathan Rowe discusses his recent theatrical version of Pride and Prejudice
  • An Interview with Scott D. Southard, of A Jane Austen Daydream by Stella G, Senior Member Jane Austen Centre Online Forum
  • Discovering Bath with Jane Odiwe Jane Austen festivalThe author of Searching for Captain Wentworth discusses her newest novel, Bath, and the Jane Austen Festival
  • How I Fell in Love With Georgette Heyer Vic Sanborn of Jane Austen’s World describes her love affair with Georgette Heyer…an extension of her love of Austen
  • Illustrating Jane Austen: The Artist’s Challenge Cassandra Chouinard discusses her recent illustrations for Sense and Sensibility.
  • Publishing Austen in the E-Book World A Q&A with Laura McDonald of GirleBooks
  • In the Kitchen with Jane Austen How using period recipes helped me understand Jane Austen a bit better…
  • Jane Austen: Criticisms and Interpretatations Notwithstanding a certain reticence and self control which seems to belong to their age, and with all their quaint dresses, and ceremonies, and manners, the ladies and gentlemen in Pride and Prejudice and its companion novels seem like living people out of our own acquaintance transported bodily into a bygone age, represented in the half-dozen books …
  • Just like a book! The Story Behind the Publication of Dear Jane Austen: A Heroine’s Guide to Life and Love
    and 101 Things You Didn’t Know About Jane Austen by Patrice Hannon
  • A Journey into the Past with Jane Austen Jennifer Forest describes Jane Austen’s influence in her life…
  • Captured by Jane A multimedia review of the recent exhibit at the Morgan Library, New York, with text, images and sound. (Turn on your speakers.)
  • Rereading Jane Austen’s Novels: Emma A poem examining second impressions
  • Why Do We Read Jane Austen Why We Read Jane AustenA Truth Universally Acknowledged:
    33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen
    Review by Arti of Ripple Effects
  • Jane Austen Ruined My Garden One fan’s journey to the Jane Austen Festival
  • All the World’s a Critic Charlotte Bronte on Jane Austen
  • Author to Author: Jodi Picoult reflects on Jane Austen An exclusive interview with the Jane Austen Centre’s Sue Hughes
  • A Letter To Lord Byron Praise for Jane Austen 
  • Mr. Bingley’s Friend A poem by Patricia Shepherd, from Come Into the Garden, Cassandra
  • Limericks on Jane Austen Short, witty poems featuring Austen’s characters
  • Re-reading Jane: A Poem by Anne Stevenson A poem by Anne Stevenson
  • The Lady and The Novel A charming poem in praise of Jane Austen
  • Poems in Praise of Sense and Sensibility Two poems by Jane Austen’s nephew, James Austen-Leigh
  • To Jane Austen A Poem by W. O. Firkin
  • Rudyard Kipling Opines on Jane Austen Kipling evidently had a high opinion of Jane. He even coined the phrase Janeite!
  • Bath’s Persuasion “As yet, you have seen nothing of Bath.”
    A Tour by Arti of Ripple Effects
  • I Don’t Hate Bath CresentHow Bath shaped Austen’s world and works
  • What’s in a Janeite? Rudyard KiplingAll this talk about Janeites – what are they?
  • The Jane Austen Festival in Bath The first of an annual event! An insider’s view.
  • What’s a Guy like you doing in a place like this? Behind the scenes at the Jane Austen Centre.
  • Austen’s Appeal Why Jane Austen has become so wildly popular. . .
  • Inspiring Thousands “This year we have sold an unbelieveable number of books”
    Jane Austen Centre shop manager Nicky Lewingden.