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“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

zondag 15 februari 2015

Jane Austen family letters offer ‘deeply personal’ insight into author’s world

 Leigh Family Papers, unpublished letters and manuscripts from Jane Austen’s mother’s family, 1686–1823, 1866. Click to enlarge. Photograph: © The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
The Huntington Library in California has acquired 52 unpublished letters, poems and other material from six generations of the Leigh family. Austen’s mother was Cassandra Leigh, and the novelist visited her Leigh family in Adlestrop several times, with some believing that the setting of Mansfield Park is partly drawn from the Gloucestershire village.

The letters are “deeply personal”, said Vanessa Wilkie, curator of English historical manuscripts at the Huntington, and although they do not mention the author of Pride and Prejudice specifically, they “will help people develop a more vivid understanding of Austen’s immediate world”. Most of Austen’s own letters were burned by her sister, after her death.

Acquired from a UK rare book and manuscript dealer, the correspondence reveals “the intimate, mundane, playful, and tragic aspects of the times”, said Wilkie. “You get a dear mother, affectionate father, dear son, dear cousin, dear brother, dear little niece, dear Madame, and even A. Nonymous, who writes a really funny letter that cautions against the dangers of falling in love with Miss Fortune.” Read more: theguardian/jane-austen-family-letters-huntington-library-1

Lady Susan.

Xavier Samuel is turning back time to film new scenes for forthcoming drama Love And Friendship, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s short novel Lady Susan, originally published in 1871.
The 31-year-old channelled his inner gentleman on set in Dublin on Friday as he stepped out in period clothes, complete with a frock coat and a cravat.
The upcoming film also stars Kate Beckinsale, 41, and Chloe Sevigny, 40.
Kate plays central character Lady Susan Vernon in the movie, which is set in the 1790s and is directed by American Whit Stillma. 
Xavier will play Reginald, while Chloe portrays Alicia – an intimate friend in whom Lady Susan confides.
Described as a beautiful widow, Lady Susan seeks refuge on a family estate after society rumours circulate regarding her private life. Read more: dailymail/--Jane-Austen-adaptation



donderdag 15 januari 2015

The Goucher College Library,The Philadelphia Emma

I received a nice email. I really am happy to been asked and off course I will publish it on my weblog.
""As a fan of Jane Austen and her work, we at the Goucher College Library thought you would be interested in our current project: to digitize the rarest book in our Jane Austen Collection –the 1816, American edition of Emma. We are funding our project exclusively through crowdfunding, and we were hoping you could help us spread the word about this exciting project on your blog “Jane Austen”.
Below are the official press release and the project website. If you are able to help us spread the word, we would be extremely appreciative.
Official college press release:
Our “Emma in America” Website:

From the website:
A campaign to build a dynamic digital archive that will provide open-access to Jane Austen’s rare 1816 Philadelphia Emma. Along with the digital edition of Emma, the online archive will support contextual materials and text analysis tools to create an interactive experience centered on this exceptional edition from the Goucher College Library’s world class Jane Austen Collection.

The 1816 American edition of Emma
 was the first novel of Austen’s to be printed in America,
and the only one to appear in an American edition
 during her lifetime (1775-1817). 

The Philadelphia publisher Mathew Carey, a frequent reprinter of British titles, brought out Emma in two volumes: a more economical format than the three-volume first English edition, which John Murray had released in December 1815 (dated 1816 on the title page). Carey’s edition was printed for him by the firm Justice & Cox of Trenton, New Jersey; neither the print run nor the exact month of publication is known. Why Carey chose to reprint Emma is uncertain. The eminent Austen bibliographer David Gilson has speculated that an influential review of Emma by Walter Scott that appeared in the March 1816 Quarterly Review influenced Carey’s decision. In the absence of international copyright law, there was no need for Austen to be aware of this American edition, and no evidence remains to suggest that she was. The Philadelphia Emma was only belatedly recognized by bibliographers, in part because of the extreme rarity of surviving copies. Geoffrey Keynes’ 1929 Bibliography of Jane Austen lists the 1832-33 publication of all six novels by Carey & Lea of Philadelphia as the first American editions of Austen. David Gilson’s Bibliography of Jane Austen (1982; rev. 1997) does include the Philadelphia Emma, with descriptions of the three copies—one of them Goucher’s—known to him at the time. Three more have since been verified. Even today, the Philadelphia Emma is often unknown to those who are familiar with Austen’s works.

Read also: janeausteninvermont/your-jane-austen-library-gilsons-bibliography-a-review/
Photo from: razoo/story/Goucherlibraryemma
More photo's: theparisreview/emma-cover-to-cover

vrijdag 2 januari 2015

Georgian Christmas event held at Chawton House Library

This short film showcasing the Georgian Christmas event held at Chawton House Library (http://www.chawtonhouse.org/) on Saturday 13th December, 2014. This stunning country house was decorated to depict Christmas in the long 18th Century. Food historian, Dr Annie Gray (http://www.anniegray.co.uk/), gave a talk about Georgian Christmas foods and also provided examples of cakes and biscuits from the 'Knight Family Cookbook' (Late 18thC). https://comestepbackintime.wordpress....

Living in Chawton Cottage

Living in Chawton Cottage
Jane Austen’s House, Chawton, Hampshire, UK
Even on a cold, wet, dark day in the depths of winter, the house feels warm and happy, and in summer sunshine, well, it’s really delightful. The sun streams into the dining parlour in the mornings, and I love to think of Mrs. Austen sitting in the window enjoying the sunshine, and watching the world go by.  The village was quite busy in those days, being on the main road to Winchester, and there was quite a lot of horse-drawn traffic.  I can also see, in my mind’s eye, Jane and her brother Henry standing at that same window, seeing their nephew Charles Knight “passing through Chawton about nine this morning … we had a glimpse of his handsome face looking all health and good humour.”  Charles was in a stage coach on his way to a new term at Winchester College.

When Mrs. Austen accepted her son Edward’s offer of Chawton Cottage as a home for herself and her two daughters, he improved it quite a lot for them.  He added on some more bedrooms over the kitchen quarters at the back, and he blocked up the window in the drawing room because he felt they lacked privacy, and he opened up an elegant window looking out on to the garden – hence Mrs. Austen’s having to run into the dining parlour whenever she heard a commotion in the village! 
The House is L-shaped, and I live in the wing at the back.  My downstairs sitting room was once the Austen’s kitchen.
We have just completed a five-year programme of renovation.  Every year since I moved in, as soon as the busy summer season ended the builders moved in for the winter!  There are, of course, fewer visitors to be disturbed by their activities.  All the rooms have been redecorated – after stripping off layer upon layer of wallpaper, the walls have been made good and re-papered, so that when they next need doing there will be only one layer of paper to get off.  The house has been re-wired, special low-wattage lights have been installed, and the windows now have ultra-violet filter film on them, to prevent fading.  Some of the old floors have had to be replaced – the cottage just wasn’t built for 30,000 pairs of feet tramping round every year. jasna



dinsdag 16 december 2014

Happy Birthday, Jane! Jane Austen Day

December 16 has been declared as Jane Austen Day by the Jane Austen Centre to mark the birthday of celebrated English author Jane Austen.

The seventh child and second daughter of Cassandra and George Austen, Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775, in Steventon, Hampshire, England. Jane's parents were well-respected community members. Her father served as the Oxford-educated rector for a nearby Anglican parish. The family was close and the children grew up in an environment that stressed learning and creative thinking. When Jane was young, she and her siblings were encouraged to read from their father's extensive library. The children also authored and put on plays and charades. people/jane-austen

8 Life Lessons The Great Author Taught: /jane-austen-birthday

Thirty one Austen bloggers, authors and literature enthusiasts are joining forces for an Austen Birthday Soiree. Organized by Katherine Cox of November’s Autumn & Maria Grazia of My Jane Austen Book Club, the daylong blog hop will feature a post in celebration of Jane Austen, her life, her novels and the era in which she lived at each of the 31 blogs!
And, what birthday would not be complete without presents, and there will be gifts for Jane – and the visitors of the blogs. Read more: austenprose/join-the-birthday-soiree-for-jane-austen

zondag 14 december 2014

zaterdag 13 december 2014

Jane Austen letter

The recent news of a previously unseen Jane Austen letter is misleading. Written in 1799 and sent to her sister Cassandra, it is listed in Deidre Le Faye's JANE AUSTEN'S LETTERS, Oxford University Press (1995) as number 17 and on p. 366 with the note: Provenance. Bequeathed by CEA (Cassandra Elizabeth Austen) to Fanny, Lady Knatchbull, in 1845; inherited by Lord Brabourne 1882; probably in the Puttick & Simpson sale of 26-8 June 1893; Mrs. Hester Forbes-Julian (1861-1934)' be...queathed by her to the Torquay Natural History Society and rediscovered in in their archives 1989. It may not have been on view to the public, but Austen scholars have studied it and it is not a newly discovered or previously unseen letter.

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dinsdag 9 december 2014

At Home with Jane Austen, by Kim Wilson – A Review

Read all on: Austenprose

Have been a Kim Wilson fan since reading her books In the Garden with Jane Austen and Tea with Jane Austen. Her latest work At Home with Jane Austen, a luscious coffee table book, promises a virtual tour of the places Austen called home. Some of these homes were permanent residences and others were temporary: the sites of visits to wealthy relatives or seaside holidays with her family.

Though Jane changed her residence many times, family and home remained the emotional center of her life. She expressed her love of home in her work, creating heroes and heroines who also cherish the idea of home.,

At Home with Jane Austen packs first and foremost visual appeal. The 120 full-color illustrations are not the handful that Janeites have come to expect when Austen’s life is discussed. Historical illustrations provide a time machine into the life and customs of Georgian England while high-quality professional photography conveys a feeling of intimacy with the places Austen lived, worked, and visited. The photographs of Chawton Cottage are especially evocative, enabling the viewer to imagine real life, Austen’s life, while she lived there. The Chawton chapter also includes one of my favorite images: a watercolor of the cottage that was probably done by Austen’s niece Anna:

zondag 7 december 2014

Today is the second Sunday of Advent, and to mark the gradual approach of Christmas we are highlighting a Christmas treat the Georgians would have made and enjoyed during this festive period of the year.

Aside from baking and eating various delicious cakes, biscuits and pies, the Georgians had a love and taste for savoury treats as well. One of their favourites would have been mincemeat pies; these pies were not sweet as our modern mince pies are, but they were prepared with... meat. A recipe for mincemeat pies can be found in the Knight Family Cookbook where the main ingredient is calf’s or cow’s tongue to which assorted fruits, dried fruits, and candied peel are added. You can try this savour predecessor of our modern mince pies this coming Saturday at Georgian Christmas, where it will be one of many appetizing treats. If you want to know more about the traditions of Georgian Christmas you can read the blog by our interns Hazel Bary-Scott and Amy Clarke here: http://www.chawtonhouse.org/….
On the website you can also find more information on the activities at Chawton House Library during the Georgian Christmas at 13 December 2014. We hope to welcome you to our seasonal celebration in Georgian style!

zondag 30 november 2014

We continue our celebration of the festive season by counting down the Sundays until Christmas Eve

 We continue our celebration of the festive season by counting down the Sundays until Christmas Eve, highlighting different holdings, with connections to Christmas and the festive period, in our library's collection. Today we have an insight into the preparations for the Twelve Days of Christmas by an eighteenth-century housewife.
In Elizabeth Moody’s mock-heroic, a strain that pervades Moody's works, poem ‘The Housewife, or The Muse Learning to Ride the Great Horse Heroic’ (1...798), the narrator asks her muse to aid her in her domestic chores and the preparation for Christmas, who in turn summons Greek heroes to help the narrator in her works. The poem’s final stanza describes the narrator preparing a Twelfth Night cake, a treat which can be enjoyed at our Georgian Christmas on 13 December, amongst other delicious Georgian Christmas treats taken from the Knight Family’s Cookbook. For more information on the Georgian Christmas or the recipe of Georgian Ginger Cake see Dr. Annie Gray’s blog on our website: www.chawtonhouse.org

zaterdag 29 november 2014

Chawton House Library's

Chawton House Library
Chawton House Library's team of library volunteers and interns begin the annual deep clean of the reading rooms and store rooms today (including Josje and Suki pictured here). We are extremely grateful for all the work they do throughout the year!

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The Historic Kitchen of Chawton Cottage when it was still a labourer’s cottage.

Looking through the photo archive at Museum you find all sorts of weird and wonderful images from the Museum’s past. This is the first of several blogposts where we will share a few that we found interesting, or fun. jane-austens-house-museum

woensdag 26 november 2014

The House That Inspired Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice Is For Sale. Come, Look Inside...

Wentworth Woodhouse in South Yorkshire is the largest privately owned home in Europe. The listed building was once home to the Fourth Earl Fitzwilliam who is thought to have inspired Jane Austen's much-lusted after character Mr Darcy.

zaterdag 22 november 2014

Cornel West loves Jane Austen.

That's right, Cornel West -- the famous public scholar and political polemicist whose many books include Race Matters, Democracy Matters, and The Rich and the Rest of Us -- cares about the novels of a dead, white, privileged British woman of the Regency Era. I first learned this surprising fact at a convention of the Jane Austen Society of North America in Brooklyn, where he gave a talk on "Jane Austen and Power," not power in terms of oppressor and oppressed as I and everyone else in the audience probably expected, but the power to look within and to change, to transform society from the inside. Since then, I got to spend two hours interviewing this most unexpected and fervent of Austen enthusiasts, and began to see her through his eyes, as a radical for personal virtue as the key to social reform. Read all: huffington post

Jane Austen's fashion history: 200 years of cover designs – in pictures

Thomas Egerton’s first edition of Jane Austen’s debut novel, Sense and Sensibility (1811)
In Austen’s time, books were bound very simply in cardboard covers with only a paper label bearing the title on the spine. Private purchasers would have the books rebound to match the other books in their library, like this “half calf” rebinding of the first edition of Austen’s first book, Sense and Sensibility: the front and back were covered in mottled paper, while the corners and the spine were covered with leather, providing cheaper protection. Novels would rarely have received a full leather binding in those days, as they were not considered worth such treatment – it would have been reserved for more “serious” books, such as history or poetry. Read more: 14/jane-austens-fashion-history-200-years-of-cover-designs-in-pictures

“At Christmas everybody invites their friends around them and people think little of even the worst weather…”.

JANE Austen wrote in her novel Emma, “At Christmas everybody invites their friends around them and people think little of even the worst weather…”.
And there are plenty of ways to celebrate the festive season in Hampshire’s Jane Austen’s House Museum in the village of Chawton. The rooms of the house will be decorated for the festive season in traditional Georgian style and you can see Stitched Together, a special exhibition of textile artworks inspired by the building and its collection for two weeks only from December 4-16.
The temporary exhibition of The Watsons manuscript (below) – a rare surviving example of one of Jane Austen’s unfinished novels – will be there until December 16. Read more; Jane_Austen_s_House_Museum


zaterdag 25 oktober 2014

An Interview with Mary Guyatt, Curator at Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton

This week we have the pleasure of featuring an exclusive interview with Mary Guyatt, Curator at Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire. It was here that Jane Austen wrote her last three novels (Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion) as well as where she revised her first three novels, including Pride and Prejudice.

York Notes: Could you tell us about what Jane Austen’s House Museum does, and what your role is within the museum.
Mary Guyatt: I am Mary Guyatt and my role is Curator. I work with our trustees, staff and a large team of volunteers to maintain and develop this unique literary site, and to increase public appreciation of Jane Austen’s life, work and times.

YN: What does Jane Austen’s House Museum do?
MG: The Museum welcomes visitors from around the world to see the house where Jane Austen lived with her mother and sister for the last eight years of her life. The Museum is a charity and it has been open to the public since 1948. We are open 330 days a year and located in the village of Chawton, in Hampshire. As well as looking around the house, we have hands-on activities and a programme of events.
Read more: yorknotes/an-interview-with-jane-austens-house-museum-pride-and-prejudice/

donderdag 2 oktober 2014

Mary Guyatt, Curator of Jane Austen's House Museum

For the first time in my museum career, people seem to get what I do for a living. Admittedly I receive the odd email addressed to the ‘Creator of Jane Austen's House Museum’ but the fame of Austen is so great, and the house itself such a part of our literary heritage, that people seem to comprehend what the Curator’s day to day responsibilities might be.
I hadn't in fact run a house museum before.  Instead of being a functional gallery space to be filled with choice objects, here the site is the exhibition, and much of what we all appreciate are its most intangible and ephemeral features. Parts of the experience of being here are the views from the windows, the smell of floor polish, the stirrings of people and the light streaming in on an autumn afternoon. I'm seeing that maintaining this very special atmosphere is more important than worrying whether we all agree on the choice of wallpaper.
She keeps a nice blog: janeaustenshousemuseum

zondag 21 september 2014

Chawton Cottage


This is a fragment of the original wallpaper they found in the house
More beautiful pictures of Chawton Cottage on susanbranch/jane-austen-house-chawton-cassandras-

Cassandra Austen

Silhouette of Cassandra Austen, Jane's sister and closest friend

Two years after Cassandra’s birth, the Austens were blessed with a second daughter, Jane. Wherever Cassandra went, Jane followed. When 10-year-old Cassandra was sent off to boarding school in 1783, 8-year-old Jane demanded to go, refusing to be separated from her older sister……not because she was thought old enough to profit much by the instruction there imparted, but because she would have been miserable (at home) without her sister.

The sisters went to Mrs. Cawley, their uncle's sister, to be educated in 1783. Cawley lived initially in Oxford, and later in Southampton, and, when an epidemic broke out in Southampton, the Austen sisters returned to Steventon. Between 1785 and 1786 the sisters attended the Reading Ladies boarding school in the Abbey gatehouse in Reading, Berkshire. Jane was originally not to go, as she was considered to be too young for schooling, but ended up going along with Cassandra. In their mother's words, "if Cassandra's head had been going to be cut off, Jane would have hers cut off too".[2]

The two Austen girls were  tutored at home in drawing and the piano. In 1791, Cassandra produced a series of circular illustrations of British monarchs for Jane's manuscript The History of England, which are noted to have resembled members of the Austen family more than royalty.[1]

Cassandra Austen is also credited with having created two paintings of her sister. One, painted in 1804, is a back view of Jane seated by a tree. The other, an incomplete frontal portrait dated circa 1810,[3] was described by a family member as being "hideously unlike" Jane Austen's real appearance. This sketch is now housed in the National Portrait Gallery, London.[4] 

George Austen, the father of Cassandra and Jane was not wealthy and had supplemented his income as a country parson "by taking in pupils and tutoring them for Oxford".[5] After graduating from Oxford University, in 1794, one former pupil, Thomas Fowle, became engaged to Cassandra Austen.[5] Fowle needed money to marry and went to the Caribbean with a military expedition as chaplain to his cousin, General Lord Craven.[5] There, Fowle died of yellow fever in 1797. Austen inherited £1000 from him, which gave her a little financial independence but, like her sister, she never married.[5] wiki/Cassandra_Austen Cassandra benefited from an annuity left in his will (she inherited Tom’s savings of £1000 which yielded about £50 per year.)  cassandra-austen
 After moving to Chawton Cottage, Cassandra and Mrs. Austen took over most of the duties of the house and garden, allowing Jane to capitalize on the most fruitful period of her writing. Without Cassandra’s physical, mental and emotional support, and her brothers’ contributions to their annual income, Jane would not have had the freedom to actively pursue her career as a writer.

The sisters’ letters are at the heart of what we know—and will never know—about the bond they shared.

Jane died in 1817 in Winchester with her head placed in Cassandra’s lap. Writing to her niece Fanny, Cassandra said: “I have lost a treasure, such a Sister, such a friend as never can be surpassed, - She was the sun of my life….I had not a thought concealed from her, and it is as if I had lost a part of myself” (Letter, July 20th 1817).
The respect that Jane felt for her sister is clear from another quote found in Austen-Leigh’s memoir of his aunt: “even in the maturity of her powers, and in the enjoyment of increasing success, she would still speak of Cassandra as of one wiser and better than herself.” becomingjane

Cassandra was destined to long outlive her sister Jane. She continued on at Chawton with regular visits to her brothers, nieces and nephews. After Jane's death, Cassandra and Henry arranged the publication of Persuasion and Northanger Abbey and with those 1817 publications,

Most of what we know of Jane Austen today, we owe to her sister Cassandra. It was she who filled in gaps in her sister’s life for generations after, leaving an oral record to supplement the written. It was she who gave us the only two authenticated likenesses of her sister. It was she who, while she did destroy many of the letters, preserved the majority of her sister’s extensive writings and most importantly, it was she to whom the letters were written, without which we might never have known the human side of one of the world’s favorite authors. cassandra-austen
In 1827 Mrs. Cassandra Austen, the girls’ mother, died and was buried in the Chawton cemetery.

Austen werd geboren in Hampshire. Haar vader was een geestelijke. Het grootste deel van haar leven bleef zij in haar geboortestreek. Austen had zes broers en een oudere zuster, Cassandra, met wie zij zeer hecht was. Het enige onbetwiste portret van Jane Austen is een gekleurde schets die door Cassandra werd gemaakt en nu in de National Portrait Gallery in Londen hangt. In 1801 verhuisde de familie naar Bath. In 1802 werd Austen ten huwelijk gevraagd door de rijke Harris Bigg-Wither en zij stemde toe; de volgende dag deelde ze echter mee dat zij haar woord niet kon houden en trok haar instemming in. De reden hiervoor is niet bekend, maar Austen is nooit getrouwd. Na de dood van haar vader in 1805 woonden Jane, haar zuster en haar moeder daar nog verscheidene jaren tot zij in 1809 naar Chawton verhuisden. Hier had haar rijke broer Edward een landgoed met een plattelandshuisje, dat hij aan zijn moeder en zusters schonk (dit huis is tegenwoordig open voor het publiek). Zelfs nadat zij naam gemaakt had als romanschrijfster bleef zij in relatieve stilte leven, maar haar gezondheid ging sterk achteruit. Er wordt nu aangenomen dat zij de ziekte van Addison had, waarvan toen de oorzaak nog onbekend was. Ze reisde naar Winchester om behandeling te zoeken, maar stierf daar en werd begraven in de kathedraal.
Tot Austens beroemdste werk behoort de roman Emma. Het boek wordt vaak aangehaald vanwege de perfectie van vorm. Moderne critici blijven ook nieuwe perspectieven ontdekken op het scherpe commentaar van Austen betreffende de klasse van jonge, ongehuwde, aristocratische Engelse vrouwen in de vroege 19e eeuw.


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