Monday, July 17, 2017

Jane Austen 200 years ago (18 July) and today (17 July)


First there is this.

And there is this: 

After too many postponements, I am prepared now to read (and in several cases reread) Jane Austen's novels, and I begin this evening, one day before the 200th anniversary of her death. 

I begin at the beginning with Sense and Sensibility even though three other novels are contenders for my favorite. I will say more about my favorite(s) in future postings. As a matter of fact, the next several weeks here will be all about Jane Austen and her novels. Perhaps you will also be reading something by Austen. 

Now, though, I invite you to tell me about your favorites by Miss Austen.




8 comments:

  1. R.T.,

    Depending on the day and my mood, my favorite is either Persuasion or Mansfield Park.

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    1. Fred, I would bet you've reread Jane Austen even more than I've reread Flannery O'Connor. I hope you will follow, comment upon, and correct any errors in my postings about Austen.

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  2. Emma is my favorite: i've started it and quit it at least 3 times... once i actually got to the third chapter... maybe someday i'll get to ch. 4 there's always hope... definitely minor league, here... i don't how to explain this personal failing; it's just one of those crazy things...

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    1. Mudpuddle,

      I tried 3 or 4 times to read Pride and Prejudice, but never got beyond the second or third chapter. However, once I tried Sense and Sensibility, everything changed (mostly me I suspect).

      I really enjoyed it and went on to read everything I could find by her.

      One suggestion: try Lady Susan for it's shorter and a very different tone. Lady Susan is one of those villains you love to hate. She's the type one boos and hisses when she appears on stage. There's a great film adaptation of the story which just came out. The title is Love and Friendship (no, I don't know why). That is the title of another of Austen's juvenalia--Love and Freindship (no, that isn't a typo--it's the actually spelling).

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    2. Mudpuddle, I know the experience and feeling. I have my doubts about my success with this Jane Austen plan. She has defeated me in the past. Well, we'll see. I've made a brief comment about my reactions to the opening chapters of S&S in my most recent posting (18Jul17).

      Fred, what changed (about you) so that your later encounter became successful?

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    3. R.T.,

      Probably age. I was a bit over 40 when I read Sense and Sensibility. It was also an assigned reading for a grad school class.

      That it was an assigned reading may have pushed me beyond where I usually gave up and therefore I got into the flow? of the work. Once that happened, I was hooked and immediately found my old copy of P&P and went through that with no problems and so went the rest of her works.

      I even read all of her juvenalia that I could find.

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  3. I only discovered Jane Austen a few years ago. In the past several years I have read all her novels except Northanger Abbey.

    It is so hard to pick a favorite I thought that all were excellent. All are very worth reading.

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    1. Brian, I remember reading NA in a BritLit class, and I enjoyed it. I wonder if a renewed encounter will be similarly pleasant. Well, I will find out if I can stick with my game plan. However . . .

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