Jane Austen’s Works

  • Pride and Prejudice…and Complicated Punctuation? Pride and Prejudice...and Complicated Punctuation?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! …

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

  • Sense and Sensibility and Accidental(?) Feminism Sense and Sensibility and Accidental(?) FeminismSense and Sensibility and Accidental(?) Feminism

    In other Sense and Sensibility news, Devoney Looser has published an in-depth article that explores how he feels Ang Lee’s 1996 film adaptation brought out the novel’s feminist roots.
    Looser believes that Ang Lee built on Austen’s Sense and Sensibility by adding new egalitarian attitudes toward women to Colonel Brandon and Edward Ferrars.
    “The …

  • Jane Inspires Art Exhibition Jane Inspires Art ExhibitionJane Inspires New Art Exhibition

    Jane Austen’s work has been interpreted in a great number of different ways; through theatre, song, television, films, and of course through hundreds of books.
    An interpretation of Jane and her characters saw American artist Amy Lee Lummus fuse her own modern style of painting with Jane’s 18th century stories. You can …

  • Pride and Prejudice Tops The Romance Charts Pride and Prejudice Tops The Romance ChartsPride and Prejudice Tops The Romance Charts

    What is the best romance novel? There are lots and lots of top books lists. So many that you could make a book in its own right out of book lists. But according to those who should know; members of Goodreads – one of the most used and well-known …

  • How Well Do You Know Emma? How Well Do You Know Emma?How Well Do You Know Emma?

    BBC Radio 5 has put together a ‘How Well Do You Know Jane Austen’s Emma‘ quiz. They’ve also re-linked to a fascinating programme first broadcast in November 2015, in which Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the novel and its themes. Those in the UK will be able to download it …

  • “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 …
  • 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 …

  • Why Adapt Persuasion for Musical Theatre? Why Adapt Persuasion for Musical Theatre?By Harold Taw
    “She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older—the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.”
    —Persuasion, Chapter 4
    I’ve encountered three reactions from those who learn we’ve adapted Jane Austen’s final complete novel Persuasion as a musical. The first is delight. This comes from people who hold …
  • 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 …
  • Visuality in the Novels of Austen, Radcliffe, Edgeworth and Burney Visuality in the Novels of Austen, Radcliffe, Edgeworth and Burney
    Jessica A. Volz’s latest book, Visuality in the Novels of Austen, Radcliffe, Edgeworth and Burney (London and New York: Anthem Press, March 2017), examines how four famed women novelists publishing their oeuvres in Britain between 1778 and 1815 used visuality – the continuum linking visual and verbal communication – to achieve a degree of rhetorical …
  • Are Jane Austen’s Heroines Ideal Women? Are Jane Austen's Heroines Ideal Women?By Jenni Waugh
    I recently replied to an email enquiry from a student who was looking for an opinion on the question “To what extent does Jane Austen present her heroines as ideal women within their social contexts?” My reply ended up being fairly lengthy and is below. Let me know what you think!

    Personally, I’d say …

  • Our Books of the Year 2016 Our Books of the Year 2016It’s been an extremely varied 12 months here at the Jane Austen Gift Shop as far as reading matter goes…
    Our biggest sellers have been the Jane Austen Classic Colouring Book and the Pride and Prejudice Colouring Classic. Whether young or old, it’s hard to resist getting out the pencils, paints or crayons to add a …
  • Jane Austen Waxwork now in Bath England The Amazing Jane Austen Waxwork at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath
    Although not breaking news, we thought you’d be interested in this article about the Jane Austen Waxwork which has appeared in Wikipedia.
    It contains lots of background info on the waxwork creation and the development of the original portrait by Melissa Dring.
    For the full article …
  • Real Reads: Jane Austen’s Novels Real Reads: Jane Austen's NovelsChildren’s versions of Austen’s greatest works
  • An Introduction to Jane Austen Sequels An Introduction to Jane Austen SequelsLaurel Ann Nattress from Austenprose looks at the sub culture of Austen follow on literature
  • Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, read by Emilia Fox Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, read by Emilia FoxA review of the Naxos Audiobooks Unabridged version by Laurel Ann Nattress of Austenprose
  • The Jane Austen Guide to Life, by Lori Smith The Jane Austen Guide to Life, by Lori SmithThoughtful Lessons for the Modern Woman . Review by Laurel Ann Nattress of Austenprose
  • Sense and Sensibility: The Bicentenary Edition Sense and Sensibility: The Bicentenary EditionAll that is old becomes new again in this annotated and illustrated version of Sense and Sensibility
  • Oxford World’s Classics: Persuasion Oxford World's Classics: Persuasion A tale of the pain and peril of human isolation not quite overcome, a modern book: Persuasion. Better known and somewhat misunderstood as a story of reprieve & retrieval: joy snatched from a descent into ever-increasing age, illness and death. But really a book of a revenant made human, of deep …
  • Persuasion: An Overview Persuasion: An OverviewPersuasion is Jane Austen’s last completed novel. She began it soon after she had finished Emma, completing it in August, 1816. She died, aged 41, in 1817, but Persuasion was not published until 1818.
    Persuasion is connected with Northanger Abbey not only by the fact that the two books were originally bound up in one volume …
  • The latest Oxford edition of Emma The latest Oxford edition of Emma Emma. The book of books. A remarkable novel where when a story or character suggestively goes through Emma’s mind since she half-gets it wrong, and sees it partially, we are invited to imagine it whole—so one novel becomes many in potential.
    Like all the other latest Oxfords, the text here is a reprint of the 1971 …
  • Emma: An Overview Emma: An Overview Emma, by Jane Austen, first published in December 1815, is a comic novel about the perils of misconstrued romance. The author explores the concerns and difficulties of genteel women living in Georgian-Regency England; she also creates a lively ‘comedy of manners’ among her characters.
    Before she began the novel, Austen wrote, “I am going to take …
  • Mansfield Park: A Review Mansfield Park: A Review Mansfield Park
    by Jane Austen
    While I’m not sure we really know how Mansfield Park rates among groups of readers, and there is evidence to suggest that like the other four novels beyond Pride and Prejudice, this one pleases slightly different subgroups of among Austen wide and varied audience, I was relieved to find that the …
  • Mansfield Park: An Overview Mansfield Park: An Overview Henry has finished “Mansfield Park,” and his approbation has not lessened. He found the last half of the last volume extremely interesting.
    Jane Austen to Cassandra
    March 9, 1814
    Mansfield Park is a novel by Jane Austen, written at Chawton Cottage between 1812 and 1814. It was published in July 1814 by Thomas Egerton, who published Jane Austen’s …
  • Oxford World’s Classics: Pride and Prejudice- A Review Oxford World's Classics: Pride and Prejudice- A ReviewA review by Ellen Moody
  • Pride and Prejudice: An Overview Pride and Prejudice: An Overview I hope you received my little parcel by J. Bond on Wednesday evening, my dear Cassandra, and that you will be ready to hear from me again on Sunday, for I feel that I must write to you today…I want to tell you that I have got my own darling child from London. …
  • Oxford World’s Classics: Sense and Sensibility Oxford World's Classics: Sense and Sensibilitya review by Ellen Moody
  • Sense and Sensibility: An Overview Sense and Sensibility: An Overview
    No, indeed, I am never too busy to think of S. and S. I can no more forget it than a mother can forget her sucking child; and I am much obliged to you for your inquiries. I have had two sheets to correct, but the last only brings us …
  • Sanditon: A Completion Sanditon: A CompletionSanditon
    By Jane Austen and Another Lady
    “When Charlotte Heywood accepts an invitation to visit the newly fashionable resort of Sanditon, she is introduced to a full range of polite society, from the local reigning dowager Lady Denham and her impoverished ward Clara, to the handsome, feckless Sidney Parker and his amusing, if hypochondriacal, sisters. A heroine …
  • Oxford's <i>Northanger Abbey</i>, <i>Lady Susan</i>, <i>The Watsons</i> and <i>Sanditon</i>A Journey through Jane Austen’s career
  • Northanger Abbey: An Overview Jane Austen’s final novel…or was it a first?
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