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The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things review – 'an innovative approach' | Books | The Guardian
Jane Austen presents the same pickle to biographers as Shakespeare: there is considerably more interest than information about the lives behind the work. In Austen's case, the problem is compounded by most biographies taking their lead from the first, written by her nephew in a hagiographical style that suppresses the subject's worldliness and mordant wit. Of Austen's own record, in the thousands of letters she sent during her 41 years, only a small fraction survives.

Hence Paula Byrne adopts an innovative approach: to examine Austen's life and work through 18 objects connected to her. By eschewing a conventional timeline, Byrne doesn't need to pretend that there's much narrative excitement in the months or years an author spends sequestered scribbling novels. Where Austen's life is undocumented, Byrne illuminates the things, places, circumstances, people surrounding her.

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Byrne is anxious to demonstrate that Austen was no sheltered country mouse, in fact being well travelled and cosmopolitan, as well as businesslike: determined from childhood to become a published author, she had no choice but to tussle with the dirty business of publishing, managing the rare trick for a Georgian female writer of making money from her novels.
8 days ago by timberwolfoz
Review: The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things, By Paula Byrne | The Independent
In September 1792, one of the bloodiest and dramatic months of the French Revolution, coquettish cousin Eliza and her young son were staying at the rectory in Steventon, Hampshire, with Jane Austen and her family, probably for at least six months. Eliza was the wife of Count Jean Capote Feuillide and the Austens were both fond of and close to her. On 23 February 1794, Eliza's husband was guillotined. Three years later, Eliza married Jane's brother Henry. So much for Jane Austen having no knowledge of, or interest in, events in France.
8 days ago by timberwolfoz
Pride and Prejudice 1995: 20 years Later | Jane Austen's World
As for Jennifer Ehle being too heavy for the part of a 20 year old Regency girl, those critics need only to examine images of that era to see that Jennifer was the perfect size to play Lizzy. Keira Knightley possesses the thin fashionable looks that suit our 21st century tastes, but not those that depict early 19th century beauties. Feel free to disagree.

The 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice also benefited from the immensely satisfying performances of Benjamin Whitrow as Mr Bennet, Alison Steadman as Mrs. Bennet, David Bamber as the incredibly silly Mr. Collins, and Barbara Leigh-Hunt as insufferable Lady Catherine de Bourgh. I found very little fault with the supporting actors, who played their roles to perfection.
p&p  austen 
8 days ago by timberwolfoz
SNARK WEEK: 11 Reasons to Be Irritated by Pride & Prejudice (2005) | Frock Flicks
Pride & Prejudice (2005), starring Keira Knightley, is known as Pride & Prejudice & Pigs around here. Why? Because it seems far more interested in pig shots than in adapting the original Jane Austen novel. Here are 11 reasons to be irritated by Pride & Prejudice (2005).
p&p  austen 
8 days ago by timberwolfoz
Jane Austen biographer discovers 'lost portrait' | Books | The Guardian
Jane Austen scholar Dr Paula Byrne claims to have discovered a lost portrait of the author which, far from depicting a grumpy spinster, shows a writer at the height of her powers and a woman comfortable in her own skin.

The only accepted portraits of Austen to date are her sister Cassandra's 1810 sketch, in which she looks cross, and an 1870 adaptation of that picture. But when Byrne, biographer of Evelyn Waugh and Mary "Perdita" Robinson and with an Austen biography due out in 2013, was given a portrait of a female author acquired by her husband, Shakespeare scholar Jonathan Bate, at auction, she was immediately struck by the possibility that it could be a lost drawing of Austen.

The portrait drawing, in graphite on vellum, had been in a private collection for years, and was being auctioned as an "imaginary portrait" of Austen, with "Miss Jane Austin" written on the back. "When my husband bought it he thought it was a reasonable portrait of a nice lady writer, but I instantly had a visceral reaction to it. I thought it looks like her family. I recognised the Austen nose, to be honest, I thought it was so striking, so familiar," Byrne told the Guardian. "The idea that it was an imaginary portrait – that seemed to me to be a crazy theory. That genre doesn't exist, and this looks too specific, too like the rest of her family, to have been drawn from imagination."
10 days ago by timberwolfoz
Pyeongchang and Prejudice - AMarguerite - Multifandom [Archive of Our Own]
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that an ice skater in possession of a Grand Prix medal— of whatever metal—must be in want of another.”

Jamie and Lizzy Bennet, a brother-sister ice dancing duo from Ann Arbor, Michigan, are no exception, and are determined to win gold at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Newfoundlander Charles Bingley, the Canadian champion for men’s singles skating, believes they can make it. His coach, Québécois two-time Olympic gold medalist, Fitzwilliam Darcy... does not. //

From a bookmark (I concur wholeheartedly with this whole review): Just read this, it's everything I've ever wanted in a pride and prejudice modern au, not to mention a skating au. wholeheartedly recommended to anyone who likes p&p and slowburn and really fucking well-done modern translations of plot points and situations. wholeheartedly recommended in general, honestly. It's masterful. I will never shut up about this story.
pride&prejudice  author:AMarguerite  austen  modern!au 
4 weeks ago by deerang2002
Regency rendezvous: inside the world of Jane Austen fandom | Books | The Guardian
“I was the only one in the class who enjoyed it and I felt I was I was the only person in the world who loved Jane Austen as much as I did,” says Andrews, who is now 22 and owns more than 100 editions of Pride and Prejudice alone. Less than a year later, she discovered the true extent of Austen fandom online. She started her own blog, and visited the Jane Austen festival in Bath, where she met a group of like-minded people and formed the Jane Austen Pineapple Appreciation Society. “We organised a picnic towards the end of the festival, and two of us said, a bit offhand, wouldn’t it be fun if we all had a house party together?”
4 weeks ago by timberwolfoz
A Dalliance with the Duke - Chapter 1 - AMarguerite - Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen [Archive of Our Own]
After the Battle of Waterloo, Mrs. Fitzwilliam becomes the new favorite of the Duke of Wellington... just in time to support him through a messy, ahistoric divorce. Things only get more complicated from there.
(aka the version of that soulmates story where she actually ends up with Nosey)
fic  100k+  austen  age_of_sail 
4 weeks ago by reallyawesomecostumes
Jane Austen + Text Posts - Question! I noticed - maybe I'm wrong - that in...
First off, I’m going to refer back to Mullan’s What Matters in Jane Austen? again, because he’s done a whole chapter on what her characters look like (and starts off with a basic examination of casting choices in adaptations and the admiration or outrage which always follows.) “How people look is often suggested rather than specified in Austen’s novels.” He then goes on to quote Sterne’s Tristram Shandy, “…paint her to your own mind–as like your mistress as you can–as unlike your wife as your conscience will let you.”
meta  austen  p&p 
june 2018 by timberwolfoz
RT : How Fanny Burney's novel Cecilia influenced Jane
Austen  from twitter
may 2018 by beccabrown
alert! Community dig is excavating land that once belonged to Thomas Knight, who adopted Jane's brother Edw…
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april 2018 by beccabrown
Why Do So Many Judges Cite Jane Austen in Legal Decisions?
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen quotes and references are constantly showing up in court
teaching  literature  law  usa  writing  women  austen  jane  darcy 
april 2018 by xer0x
The Unreformed Mr Darcy
What if Elizabeth Bennet had accepted Mr Darcy's proposal in Kent? What if they married before he stopped being the proud, arrogant man she detested? What if, in order to avoid the ruin of her beloved sister, Elizabeth chose to swallow her pride and say yes to a pre-reform Darcy?
p&p  austen 
april 2018 by bathsweaver
A Monstrous Regiment
General Wellington selects Colonel Fitzwilliam for a very singular honor during the Spanish Campaign: working with dragons-- and, in particular, with Captain Elizabeth Bennet, of His Majesty's Dragon, the Longwing Wollstonecraft.

Temeraire/ Pride and Prejudice crossover entirely to have Elizabeth Bennet as a dragon captain during the Peninsular War, with Charlotte Lucas as her uber-capable first lieutenant.
au  Austen 
april 2018 by eponymousanon
The Austen Family Music Books
Resources digitised by the Library Digitisation Unit, University of Southampton
This collection consists of eighteen printed and manuscript music books owned by members of the Austen family, including the writer Jane Austen, in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Many are binder’s volumes, compiled from separate
manuscripts  digitalEditions  Austen  music 
march 2018 by kmastell

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