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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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Fairy tales as literature

Why do the National Book Awards bar fairy tales? Humanity’s favorite stories are punished for their vaguely disreputable origins By Laura Miller, salon.com, November 16, 2010 Juries for the National Book Awards are famous for coming up with nominees that … Continue reading

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Jane Austen, On Writing

Jane Austen’s Advice for Writers by Vic Sanborn, Oct 4, 2010 Jane Austen wrote about the art of writing in her letters to family, friends, and acquaintances, and followed her own advice. In her letters to her sister, Cassandra, niece Anna Austen, … 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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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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A Jane for Every Age

“The Jane Austen Signs of Middle Age,” Jane Austen’s World, September 2, 2010 Jane Austen fans tend to read her books repeatedly throughout their lives.  In an article in the Guardian UK, Charlotte Higgins describes how her identity with a … Continue reading

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Literary Drinking Games

Drink ‘Til He’s Witty: The Reader’s Drinking Game By Anna North, jezebel.com, August 3, 2010 A recent essay in the Times points out that “rules for drinking are not so different from rules for writing.” If that’s true, then clearly famous … Continue reading

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“Ladies, welcome to Fight Club.” – Lizzy Bennet

Welcome To Jane Austen’s Fight Club “The first rule of fight club is one never mentions fight club. No corsets, no hatpins, and no crying.”

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