In Praise of Jane

  • Charlton Heston – An Unlikely Fan Charlton Heston - An Unlikely FanCharlton Heston – An Unlikely Fan

    Actor Charlton Heston, best known for his impressive roles in Ben Hur and Planet of the Apes, was a lesser-known Austen fan it seems. In his vast collection two storey library in his Beverley Hills home he had shelves dedicated to rare books, and on those shelves he had
    The first …

  • A Jane Austen Reading Room A Jane Austen Reading RoomA Jane Austen Reading Room

    The Minneapolis Institute of Art has restyled their Queen Anne period living room into an Austen-inspired literary retreat in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Emma. Their new Jane Austen Reading Room contains a pair of bookshelves stocked with a huge range of books related to Austen and, above the …

  • The Advantages of Austen in an American High School The Advantages of Austen in an American High SchoolThe 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 …

  • Jane Austen and the Waterloo Map Jane Austen and the Waterloo MapJane 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 …

  • Jane Austen’s Juvenilia: Beautiful Proto-Feminism Jane Austen's Juvenilia: Beautiful Proto-FeminismJane 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 …

  • Did You Know? Did You Know?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 …

  • Top 10 Romantic Quotes – Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility Ranks Number 1 Top 10 Romantic Quotes - Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility Ranks Number 1Top 10 Romantic Quotes – Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility Ranks Number 1

    “My heart is, and always will be, yours”
    This heart-melting affirmation of love from Edward Ferrars to Elinor Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility has been ranked as the most romantic quote from romantic literature, film and TV drama.
    Jane Austen’s quote beat off rivals from a …

  • Jane Dates in the 21st Century Jane Dates in the 21st Century

    Jane Dates in the 21st Century

    Finally this week, at the Jane Austen News we really rather enjoyed this satirical look at what Jane would have made of modern dating today from her 19th Century perspective. It’s the first in the series from a new YouTube series called The History Bombs Show. We’re looking forward to …

  • She Was Only Anne – On Anne Elliot in Persuasion She Was Only Anne - On Anne Elliot in PersuasionThis article about Anne Elliot is by Rosario Mesta Rodríguez

    When we think and talk about Jane Austen’s heroines, we tend to associate characteristics such as happiness, bravery, resourcefulness or intelligence to their personalities. And we are right: Jane created numerous female characters such as Emma or Elizabeth Bennet that make us smile everytime we read …

  • Jane Austen: Why do Millennials Love her so Much? Jane Austen: Why do Millennials Love her so Much?Why do Millennials Love Jane Austen?
    A guest blog by the wonderful people at Country House Library.
    A long dead 19th century author who wrote about the rather limited lives of women, in a time when success was defined by who you married, might seem a strange crush for the modern millennial, yet on Instagram the hashtag …
  • Don’t Insult Your Children, Give Them Jane Austen by Allison Burr Don't Insult Your Children, Give Them Jane Austen by Allison BurrDon’t Insult Your Children, Give Them Jane Austen by Allison Burr
    My kids saw that scoundrel Willoughby at Chic-Fil-A last night.
    Or so they thought.

    We had just finished our chicken sandwiches and waffle fries and were headed off to Andrew Peterson’s Behold the Lamb of God concert, but all four kids stopped dead in their tracks when …

  • “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: Family Therapist?by 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”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 Why Jane Austen's Persuasion Still Captivates AudiencesThis 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 The Janeites by Rudyard KiplingThe 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 A Library Talk About Jane Austenby 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 Austen Superpowers: Finding Yours with 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 An Interview with Author Rachel KnowlesNot 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, Austen Style, with Emma, our favourite matchmakerWelcome 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 The Enduring Inspiration of Miss Jane Austen Now and ForeverWe’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 Jane Austen and the Oliphant in the Roomby 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 The Enduring Love For Jane AustenBy 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 Finding Happiness, Austen Style: Party with 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? Oxford asks: 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? 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 In Defence of Jane Austenby 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 Cassandra: Extraordinary Sistersby 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 Jane Austen’s Life and Impact on Societyby 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 Happiness, Austen Style: Read It Out, Act It Out, Dance It OutWelcome 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 The effects of the family’s misfortunes on 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 Jane Austen For Children: 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 A Dangerous Intimacy: Mansfield Park and Playing at LoveBy 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 A Letter to Jane Austen - Part TwoThis 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 A Letter to Jane Austen - Part OneThis 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 Writing In Tough Times: Jane Austen in Bath and SouthhamptonExclusive 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 The new Jane Austen Portrait by Melissa DringIn 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 What Would Jane Drink? - Coffee in Jane Austen’s Work and WorldBy 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 gets a makeover... The Jane Austen Pop Art rangeThis 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… 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 Jane Austen’s Fame and Fortune, Now and ThenCaroline Kerr Taylor explores Jane Austen’s financial and critical success
  • Why I love Jane Austen, by Eva O’Flynn Why I love Jane Austen, by Eva O'FlynnEva O’Flynn relates her reasons for loving Jane Austen
  • What Jane Austen Means to Me by Becca Hemmings What Jane Austen Means to Me by Becca HemmingsGiftshop Manager Becca Hemmings describes how her time at the Jane Austen Centre inspired her life’s work.
  • Pride & Prejudice – The Panto! 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 An Interview with Scott D. Southard, of A Jane Austen Daydreamby Stella G, Senior Member Jane Austen Centre Online Forum
  • Discovering Bath with Jane Odiwe Discovering Bath with Jane OdiweThe author of Searching for Captain Wentworth discusses her newest novel, Bath, and the Jane Austen Festival
  • How I Fell in Love With Georgette Heyer How I Fell in Love With Georgette HeyerVic 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 Illustrating Jane Austen: The Artist's ChallengeCassandra Chouinard discusses her recent illustrations for Sense and Sensibility.
  • Publishing Austen in the E-Book World Publishing Austen in the E-Book WorldA Q&A with Laura McDonald of GirleBooks
  • In the Kitchen with Jane Austen In the Kitchen with Jane AustenHow using period recipes helped me understand Jane Austen a bit better…
  • Jane Austen: Criticisms and Interpretatations Jane Austen: Criticisms and InterpretatationsNotwithstanding 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 Do 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 Jane Austen Ruined My GardenOne fan’s journey to the Jane Austen Festival
  • All the World’s a Critic All the World's a CriticCharlotte Bronte on Jane Austen
  • Author to Author: Jodi Picoult reflects 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 Bath's Persuasion“As yet, you have seen nothing of Bath.”
    A Tour by Arti of Ripple Effects
  • I Don’t Hate Bath I Don't Hate BathHow Bath shaped Austen’s world and works
  • What’s in a Janeite? What's in a Janeite?All this talk about Janeites – what are they?
  • The Jane Austen Festival in Bath The Jane Austen Festival in BathThe first of an annual event! An insider’s view.
  • What’s a Guy like you doing in a place like this? What's a Guy like you doing in a place like this?Behind the scenes at the Jane Austen Centre.
  • Austen’s Appeal Austen's AppealWhy Jane Austen has become so wildly popular. . .
  • Inspiring Thousands Inspiring Thousands“This year we have sold an unbelieveable number of books”
    Jane Austen Centre shop manager Nicky Lewingden.