Category Archives: anglophilia

Jane Austen trivial pursuit, expert edition

Ten questions on Jane Austen The plot of which Austen novel relies on the weather? Where does Wickham have a tryst with Georgiana Darcy? And which character says ‘I hate money’? Accuracy is Austen’s genius, and asking specific questions about … Continue reading

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Emma Thompson interviews are a joy forever

Monogamy is an ‘odd state’, Emma Thompson says By Hannah Furness, The Telegraph, October 3, 2013 Monogamy in the modern day is an “odd state”, the Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson has said, as she argues it is too easy to be … Continue reading

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All girls love princesses, just ask Pippa

Pippa Middleton Meets Outspoken Little Girl Who ‘Hates Princesses’ Huffington Post, 10/26/2012 An outspoken little girl has put Pippa Middleton in her place, reminding the British socialite that not every 10-year-old girl likes pink and princesses. According to Gawker, Middleton was hanging out … Continue reading

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Much Ado About Roald Dahl’s Writing Shed

Inside Dahl’s dream factory: His last Marlboro in the ashtray, author’s macabre garden shed needs saving By Robert Hardman, The Daily Mail, September 14, 2011   The wolves appear to have disappeared. But everything else is here – from the … Continue reading

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Austen vs. Eyre: A Jane Showdown

‘Jane Eyre’ movie rekindles Austen vs. Bronte, the battle of the bonnets By Monica Hesse, The Washington Post, March 17, 2011 Enough with the empire waistlines, the sparkly dialogue, the pride, the prejudice, the Colin Firth trudging out of the … Continue reading

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For the love of Marple

WTF Jennifer Garner As Miss Marple? By Sadie Stein, jezebel.com, March 29, 2011 ‘Nihilo sanc­tum estne?’ Miss Cross asked, famously and semi-accurately, in Rushmore. And contemplating the conundrum that is this Miss Marple remake, we’re left wondering the same thing. … Continue reading

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Down the rabbit hole in 1903

The first-ever film version of Lewis Carroll’s tale has recently been restored by the BFI National Archive from severely damaged materials. Made just 37 years after Lewis Carroll wrote his novel and eight years after the birth of cinema, the … Continue reading

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Royal Weddings, Realities and Fantasy

The Princess Bride: Royal Weddings for Everyone by Kathy E. Shrout, April 25, 2011, rd Magazine   Tiaras. All the best brides are wearing them. It’s a fairy-tale opener with a contemporary coda: Once upon a time, Prince William, the … Continue reading

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Costume drama love

  A Love-Letter To BBC Costume Dramas By Sadie Stein, jezebel.com, Septemer 28, 2010 A new miniseries has one writer asking: what exactly is so comforting about these British period pieces, anyway? Describing the lavish new Downton Abbey, Jan Moir … Continue reading

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Jane Austen’s Education

From “Jane Austen Went to School” by Tony Grant, London Calling    Punctuation Personified, 1760 version of A Pretty Little Pocket Book. Image from the British Library.   In 1782, at the age of 7, Jane Austen went to school … Continue reading

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