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  • Jane Austen’s Persuasion

    01/23/2014 5:07:24 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 23, 2014 | Mitchell Kalpakgian
    Austen’s novel illuminates this proverbial saying: “If something is truly meant and intended for you, it will come your way another time.” Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth were in love and engaged, but her aristocratic father, Sir Walter Elliot, and a respected family friend, Lady Russell, disapproved the match and persuaded Anne to terminate the engagement. As a naval officer, “a stranger without alliance or fortune,” Wentworth “had no hopes of attaining affluence … and no connexions to secure even his farther rise in that profession.” Seven years have passed, and Anne is now 26. During the interim she...
  • Pride and Prejudice turns 200

    02/10/2013 6:13:37 AM PST · by Altariel · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | January 29, 2013 | Will Gompertz
    Jane Austen's "own darling child" Pride and Prejudice is celebrating its 200th birthday. Although out of copyright and available for free on e-readers, it is estimated that Pride and Prejudice sells up to 50,000 copies each year in the UK alone.
  • Pride and Prejudice retold from servants' viewpoint

    02/10/2013 6:02:29 AM PST · by Altariel · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | February 8, 2013 | BBC
    A new novel that retells the story of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice from the point of view of its servants has been sold around the world. Longbourn, by Jo Baker, was snapped up by US and UK publishers last week. "Jane Austen was my first experience of grown-up literature," said Baker. "But as I read and re-read her books, I began to become aware that if I'd been living at the time, I wouldn't have got to go to the ball; I would have been stuck at home with the sewing." The 39-year-old British author said she drew her...
  • Jane Austen's gold ring goes up for auction

    07/09/2012 5:51:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 1 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | July 6, 2012 | Alison Flood
    A turquoise ring which once belonged to Jane Austen is up for auction at Sotheby's next week. But fans of the romantic novelist will need deep pockets if they are to win the rare piece of jewellery, which has a guide price of £20,000 to £30,000. The turquoise and gold ring came to Sotheby's from Austen's family, complete with a note sent by Jane's sister-in-law, Eleanor Austen, in November 1863, to Jane's niece, Caroline Austen. "My dear Caroline," wrote Eleanor. "The enclosed ring once belonged to your Aunt Jane. It was given to me by your Aunt Cassandra as soon...
  • Authors pour worst scorn on each other

    10/04/2009 8:10:05 AM PDT · by Saije · 18 replies · 2,507+ views
    London Times ^ | 10/4/2009 | Richard Woods
    IF you ever secretly think some books by famous authors are unreadable or just plain rubbish, take comfort. Many writers have thought the same. A new book of “literary invective” has brought together evidence of how writers really view other writers. It shows that some authors are at their most inventive and scabrous when sinking their teeth into other literary stars. Take Jane Austen, one of the most revered and enduring English authors. Mark Twain, the American writer, was so irritated by Austen that he wrote in one letter: “Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig...
  • Diary entry may offer proof that baseball came from England

    09/11/2008 3:29:28 PM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies · 668+ views
    AP ^ | 09/11/2008 | By Staff
    Baseball is as American as ... tea and crumpets?
  • Austen's power

    08/16/2005 7:02:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 325+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | August 13, 2005
    Catherine Keenan lifts the bonnet on the author whose six subtle novels continue to fascinate filmmakers and inflame readers' passions. There are two obvious responses to news of the coming film version of Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen. The first is: why? Why make an adaptation of Jane Austen's best-loved novel, when the BBC co-production, with Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet and Colin Firth as Mr Darcy, is iconic and still so fresh? The second response, most likely to come from women, is a sigh and "poor MacFadyen". How can he possibly be as good a...