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  • Jane Austen Has Alt-Right Fans? Heavens to Darcy!

    03/21/2017 7:34:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 20, 2017 | Jennifer Scherssler
    It’s a truth universally acknowledged that anyone in want of attention could do worse than take possession of Jane Austen. We’ve already had Austen and zombies, Austen and game theory, Austen and guinea pigs. Now, a scholar has offered another spit-take-inducing pairing: Jane Austen and the alt-right.
  • Kate Beckinsale means business in first Love & Friendship trailer [Austen juvenilia]

    03/24/2016 6:21:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | March 23, 2016 | Joey Nolfi
    Kate Beckinsale is cracking down on her fellow actors in the first full trailer for Oscar nominee Whit Stillman’s Sundance costume comedy, Love & Friendship. The clip, released Wednesday, introduces Beckinsale as Lady Susan Vernon, a widow who retreats to her in-laws’ estate as a means to escape circulating rumors about her social life. While there, she attempts to find a suitable partner for her daughter, Frederica (Morfydd Clark), and herself. The film, adapted from Jane Austen’s Lady Susan, features a supporting cast that includes Chloë Sevigny as Alicia Johnson, Xavier Samuel as Reginald DeCourcy, and Stephen Fry as Mr....
  • December 16: The day of the (un)happy birthday (Beethoven and Jane Austen)

    12/16/2015 5:57:04 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | December 16, 2015 | Staff
    Bad news for anyone celebrating a birthday tomorrow... December 16 is the worst day of the year to be born, according to new research. The study suggests that while July 28 is the best day to celebrate a birthday, December 16 is the worst while January birthdays are the most likely to be forgotten. Famous people born on December 16 include Ludwig van Beethoven, Jane Austen and ZZ Top star Billy Gibbons who turns 66 this year.

    10/16/2015 1:58:49 PM PDT · by C19fan · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 9, 2015 | Daniel Nassbaum
    The Bennett daughters meet the undead in the new trailer for the upcoming Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Jane Austen’s classic novel gets the zombie apocalypse treatment in the film, based on the hit book of the same name by Seth Grahame-Smith.
  • Did Mr Darcy make his fortune from the slave trade? Romantic hero profited from the [tr]

    03/11/2015 11:51:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 11, 2015 | Tahira Yaqoob
    It has sold more than 20 million copies since it was written two centuries ago and has had generations of schoolgirls swooning over the ultimate romantic hero. But the great unspoken background of Jane Austen's world is that both Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley in Pride and Prejudice got rich from the slave trade, says author Joanna Trollope. The novelist, speaking at the Festival of Literature in Dubai, dispelled the myth about Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley being the perfect men and described the 'very dark underbelly' to Austen's books. She said: 'Why does Mr Bingley in Pride and Prejudice...
  • Is Christian Grey Our New Mr. Darcy? (Mega Hurl)

    02/17/2015 7:22:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | February 17, 2015 | Oliver Jones
    Resourceful. Mysterious background. Domineering. Dark features. Maybe a little grumpy at a party. Sound familiar? In truth we could be describing anyone from Sherlock Holmes to Indiana Jones, Edward Cullen to Fifty Shades of Grey’s titular S&M-loving CEO, Christian Grey. But in many respects the original difficult-to-understand and jerky-on-the-surface romantic hero sprang from the loins of one undeniable and instantly recognizable source. We speak, of course, of Mr. Darcy— Fitzwilliam to friends.
  • Jane Austen’s Guide to Thomistic Virtue Ethics

    12/18/2014 3:27:19 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    lauramcalister ^ | December 17, 2014
    Everyone knows that good Christian girls love Jane Austen.But perhaps not everyone knows that good Catholic Christian girls also love St. Thomas Aquinas.That is why I had to have mama fetch my smelling salts when the Masked Thomist linked me to a whole series of posts on Austen, Aquinas and Aristotle at the Dominicana blog. In a series of 5 posts, Br. Aquinas Beale argues that, There is something more than romance and drama in the novels of Jane Austen, namely a systematic approach to leading the good and happy life. It’s true you know.Austen’s novels are a perfect education in...
  • 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 Ł20,000 to Ł30,000. 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...