Posts tagged with jane-austen

Mar 12 2018

Persuasion (Modern Library Edition), by Jane Austen


As longtime readers of the site know, every few months I indulge myself by reviewing specific editions of Jane Austen's novels. These are not meant to be reviews of the stories (hot take: Austen's books are great! You should totally read 'em!), they are reviews of the supplementary materials included by various publishers. I am a raging nerd, so...

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Mar 12 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Persuasion (Modern Library Edition), by Jane Austen


This week's Book Giveaway is the 2001 Modern Library edition of Jane Austen's Persuasion. I'm only a few pages in, but I'm already irritated by the foreword, so brace yourselves for a lot of very nerd-specific ranting. Our review will be posted shortly...

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Mar 8 2018

My people


Slate recently featured an excerpt from Ted Scheinman's Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan. It's sweet, if a little dorky, and definitely makes me want to go to an Austen convention one day—I'm not doing any dressing up or dancing, but I definitely...

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Jan 8 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe, by Melissa de la Cruz


Well, it's no longer the holidays, but it's always Pride and Prejudice season 'round these parts, so this week's Book Giveaway is Melissa de la Cruz's Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe. Based on my previous exposure to Ms. de la Cruz's work, my hopes are not high, but we'll see. A full review will be posted shortly...

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Nov 14 2017



I'm tempted to buy this Pride and Prejudice-inspired board game, but I've been burned by many an Austen-themed novelty item before...

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Oct 10 2017



The Seattle Repertory Theatre is currently running a theatrical adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The local paper recently posted a lukewarm review that killed any desire I had to see the play, but I still wanted to...

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Sep 28 2017

I'm more adventurous when things are free.


The Guardian just posted a fairly positive review of Ever, Jane, a Jane-Austen-inspired online role-playing game created by Judy L Tyrer, formerly of Linden Labs (the studio behind the online world Second Life). I'm not a fan of online role-playing, but I might give Ever, Jane a shot...

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Aug 8 2017

With bells on


I was just asking for another TV or movie adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, and the universe has responded: according to Radio Times, ITV is planning an new TV version of the novel that will "tease out the story's 'darker tones'". My first reaction is: do the darker tones take take much teasing? I mean, this...

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Jul 25 2017

Scrambling for cash


Chawton House Library, the “Great House” once owned by Jane Austen's brother Edward, is seeking to raise around £150,000 over the next 18 months to stay open after a longtime backer withdrew support. (The £150,000 is just to keep the doors open while they apply for millions in capital grants...

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Jul 20 2017

Persuasion = The Shallows


There's a mildly amusing essay over on the Guardian website that compares Jane Austen's Persuasion to a kung-fu movie. I think the analogy is a stretch (if you're talking about the characters being hemmed in and surrounded by potential dangers, why stop at kung-fu films? There are lots of horror films that play up claustrophobia and danger. Why not a shark movie?), but...

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Feb 15 2017

Times change


The Guardian recently posted an impressively misleading article entitled "Portrait of 'real' Mr Darcy unlikely to set 21st century hearts aflutter". Unfortunately, this isn't a portrait, at least not of a real person...

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Feb 13 2017

Mansfield Park: An Annotated Edition, by Jane Austen


It's been a few months, and I am a huge nerd, so it's time for one of my favorite literary indulgences: reviewing annotated Jane Austen novels! Today I'll be complaining about Harvard University Press's recent edition of Mansfield Park. As always, please note: this is not a review of Austen's novel...

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Feb 13 2017

Weekly Book Giveaway: Mansfield Park: An Annotated Edition, by Jane Austen


This week's Book Giveaway is Harvard Press's Mansfield Park: An Annotated Edition. This will hurt me to give away, both because I'd quite like to keep it and because it weighs a zillion pounds, and will thus cost a fortune to ship. A full review will follow shortly...

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Nov 28 2016

Pride and Prejudice: Third Norton Critical Edition, by Jane Austen and edited by Donald J. Gray


When reviewing an annotated Jane Austen novel, I always want to emphasize that I am focusing solely on the quality of the critical content featured in this particular edition. (I don't have anything left to say about Pride and Prejudice other than it's amazing, and...

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Nov 28 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: Pride and Prejudice, Third Norton Critical Edition, by Jane Austen and edited by Donald Gray


As everyone who loves me knows, there is nothing I find more relaxing than hate-reading critical essays about Jane Austen. I picked up this particular book right after the election, and I'm offering it up this week as part of our Weekly Book Giveaway. Here's hoping it works its soothing magic for you, too...

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Oct 11 2016

She's already famous


And speaking of Jane Austen, we're finally getting a good look at the £10 notes featuring her likeness. I'm not sure about that color scheme (why so orange?), but...

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Oct 11 2016

Get famous


According the Folio Society's blog, they recently announced the subject of their 2017 Book Illustration Competition: they are looking for someone to illustrate Jane Austen's Mansfield Park...

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Sep 26 2016

Emma: 200th Anniversary Annotated Edition, by Jane Austen


Before we get started, I want to emphasize that this is a review of a particular edition—the Penguin Deluxe Classics 200th Anniversary Annotated version—of Jane Austen's novel Emma, rather than the novel itself. If you haven't already read Emma... well, you should! It's good...

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Sep 26 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: Emma: 200th Anniversary Annotated Edition, by Jane Austen


This week's Book Giveaway is Penguin's "Classics Deluxe" edition of Jane Austen's Emma. This is the 200th Anniversary annotated edition, and features explanatory notes by Juliette Wells. Our review will follow shortly...

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Jul 21 2016

Even more vital


Last week, Pajiba put together a list of Jane Austen's heroes, ranked by level of swoon-worthiness. (Please note: these are the film versions of various characters, not the book versions.) Of course, I firmly believe that Edmund Bertram could be played by Sex Incarnate and he'd still be a judgmental, easily manipulated doofus, so I'm ignoring their #10, but...

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Jun 8 2016

Mediocrity in pretty dresses


Over the weekend, my mom and I went to see Whit Stillman's Love and Friendship, which has been receiving glowing reviews. I enjoyed the acting, the sets, and the fact that one of Jane Austen's lesser-known works (the novella Lady Susan) was getting some attention, but I thought the movie itself was pretty bad, and I blame most of that on Mr. Stillman...

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May 16 2016

Shades of Milk and Honey, by Mary Robinette Kowal


The back cover of Mary Robinette Kowal's novel Shades of Milk and Honey describes it as “precisely the sort of tale we would expect from Jane Austen”. That comment is... a little hyperbolic, to put it mildly, but Kowal's book has its own virtue...

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Apr 18 2016

Northanger Abbey, by Val McDermid


Val McDermid's Northanger Abbey is the second installment in the Austen Project, HarperCollins's much-maligned attempt to produce modern re-workings of Jane Austen's six novels, each written by a popular current author. As I mentioned in my review of Alexander McCall Smith's take on Emma, this is an exceptionally tall order: while many aspects of Austen's books are timeless, not...

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Apr 18 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: Northanger Abbey, by Val McDermid


This week's Book Giveaway is Val McDermid's Northanger Abbey, a modern retelling of the Jane Austen novel of the same name. I'm only a few chapters in (a full review will follow later today), but thus far I don't actively long to push anyone down a well, so it's already a vast improvement over Alexander McCall Smith's Emma...

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Mar 14 2016

The Watsons, by Jane Austen and John Coates


Sometime between 1803 and 1805, Jane Austen wrote the first five chapters of a novel called The Watsons. The story opens on a grim note: a young woman named Emma Watson returns to her family after spending many years in the care of a widowed and wealthy aunt. When her aunt makes a foolish second marriage, Emma is shipped off to her father's house, where she joins her three older sisters...

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Mar 14 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon, by Jane Austen


This week's Book Giveaway is this Penguin Classics collection of Jane Austen's juvenilia and unfinished works: Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon. We've already shared our thoughts on Sanditon (and its continuations), we're impatiently waiting for the film version of Lady Susan, and...

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Mar 10 2016

This will work.


The Folger Shakespeare Library is bringing the people what they want: forget the First Folio, Mr. Darcy's wet shirt is coming to America! According to the Smithsonian, the shirt (from the pond-swimming scene in deservedly popular 1995 Pride and Prejudice TV miniseries) will be...

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Mar 2 2016

Am excited about this, but...


So, I've been keeping an eye out for the trailer for Whit Stillman's movie Love & Friendship, an adaptation of Jane Austen's novella Lady Susan. Sadly, all I can find is this cast interview, despite the fact that the (presumably complete) film was screened at Sundance back in January. Why so...

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Feb 9 2016

Austen could only improve it.


Speaking of Shakespeare, I've been spending some time in Washington D.C., and the Metro is plastered with ads for the Folger Library's "The Wonder of Will: 400 Years of Shakespeare" celebration. The centerpiece of the event is, of course, the...

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Jan 19 2016

Emma, by Alexander McCall Smith


Emma Woodhouse is not my favorite Jane Austen heroine, but she deserves better treatment than she receives in Alexander McCall Smith's Emma, one of the six titles in The Austen Project, an attempt to re-imagine Austen's novels with a modern setting. Austen's Emma is a flawed but endearing character who eventually begins to correct her many faults; Smith's Emma, in contrast, is...

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