Emma in America Exhibition and Website at Goucher College Library


Margaret C. Sullivan:

I was really happy to attend the opening event for Goucher College Library’s Emma in America exhibition. And don’t forget to check out their new website, Emma in America!

Originally posted on This Delightful Habit of Journaling:

emma_in_americaI was thrilled to take a drive down to Baltimore recently for the opening reception for Goucher College Library’s Emma in America exhibit, celebrating 200 years of Jane Austen’s novel (which actually was published in late 2015, though the title page says 2016) as well as the 200th anniversary of the first publication of one of Austen’s novels in the U.S., also Emma, by Mathew Carey of Philadelphia. 

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All the Pretty Emmas


Margaret C. Sullivan:

We swoon over the new Penguin Classics edition of Emma edited by Juliette Wells, with a beautiful cover design by Dadu Shin. We noticed how many pretty editions of Emma were out there when we were writing JAC2C, and decided to put together a gallery of some of our favorites.

Also, we’re giving away a copy of the new book, compliments of Penguin. (Sorry, this is for readers in the U.S. only.) Leave a comment here with a valid email address by midnight on Tuesday, October 6, and we’ll choose a commenter at random.

Originally posted on This Delightful Habit of Journaling:

Emma 200th Anniversary Penguin Classics Edition

“Oh! you would rather talk of her person than her mind, would you? Very well; I shall not attempt to deny Emma’s being pretty.”

“Pretty! say beautiful rather. Can you imagine any thing nearer perfect beauty than Emma altogether— face and figure?”

“I do not know what I could imagine, but I confess that I have seldom seen a face or figure more pleasing to me than hers. But I am a partial old friend.” – Emma, Volume I, Chapter V (5)

I recently received a copy of the new 200th Anniversary Penguin Classics edition of Emma, and thought, “Why didn’t they send this to me two years ago!” Because two years ago, I was in the initial stages of putting together Jane Austen Cover to Cover, and I certainly would have loved to include this beautiful cover design by Dadu Shin.

But this is not just…

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Will Jane Austen’s Real Inspiration Please Stand Up?


Margaret C. Sullivan:

We were half “so sick of Jane Austen’s Real Blah de Blah” and half “Actually what he’s saying is kind of interesting.” Read and make up your own mind!

Originally posted on This Delightful Habit of Journaling:

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When I saw this article in the Telegraph linked on Twitter, I rolled my eyes a bit and prepared myself for silliness. We’ve had so much of this sort of thing: the Real Mr. Darcy, the Real Pemberley, etc., and it’s becoming tiresome, because so often it’s a bunch of hooey.

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Life below stairs – the duties of a Georgian housemaid

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Margaret C. Sullivan:

We are having Dorothy make note of these cleaning tips.

Originally posted on All Things Georgian:

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Many of our posts take a look at the upper echelons of Georgian society, so this time we thought it might be interesting to look at what it would have been like to have worked ‘below stairs’ as a housemaid in a Georgian household: it’s not quite Downton Abbey though!

Although these duties weren’t written until towards the end of the Georgian era, the workload would more than likely have been the same for the previous hundred years or more. Having taken a look, our conclusion is that it’s certainly not a job for us, what do you think?

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A housemaid should be active, clean, and neat in her person. Be an early riser, of a respectful and steady deportment, and possessed of a temper that will not be easily ruffled. She must be able…

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Plotting Lady Susan


Margaret C. Sullivan:

We meant to reblog this to AustenBlog a while back and totally forgot! We have written up some thoughts about the plot of Lady Susan as it relates to the upcoming film, Whit Stillman’s adaptation that he is calling Love and Friendship. We’ve examined the plot of LS as both prose and how it could be adapted to film. (Emphasis on “could be.”)

Originally posted on This Delightful Habit of Journaling:

kate_beckinsale_lady_susanWith Love and Friendship currently filming, I’ve been thinking a lot about the plot of Lady Susan, upon which, of course, the film is based, and how it would work in the film medium. I stress I have no idea how Whit Stillman, who I believe has written the adaptation, has decided to adapt the original; I am working completely with the original as Austen wrote it.

In case you haven’t read this novella yet (and why not? It’s quite short and enjoyable, and free to read if you have an e-reader, tablet, or smartphone), be aware I will be discussing the entire plot, so if a spoiler alert is needed, then: spoiler alert! Someone more or less familiar with the story will have an easier time following along.

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The Shades of Mirkwood


Margaret C. Sullivan:

A bit of silliness from the Editrix on her personal blog. After observing that Thranduil was a bit Lady Catherine de Bourghish in the latest trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Certain Parties plied us with screencaps of Richard Armitage and demanded a parody. Challenge accepted.

Originally posted on This Delightful Habit of Journaling:

Editorial Note: When the latest trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was released, I was quite taken with the hero shot of Thorin, especially since the first trailer had (in my opinion) not nearly enough Thorin. I posted a link to the trailer on my personal Facebook page, and my friend Karen commented that she was taking a liking to Thranduil, king of Mirkwood and Legolas’ father. I replied that he was being rather Lady Catherine de Bourghish, as he was advising Evangeline Lilly’s character Tauriel to guard against raising expectations in Legolas that could not be fulfilled. All of a sudden we’re in a Jane Austen novel! Karen demanded a parody. I demanded payment, to wit, one screencap of Thorin’s hero shot. Heather delivered it within moments, and I was stuck writing obliged to write the parody. Not that I minded very much. It’s worth the payment…

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Long time no see.

Edited to add: I have no excuses for the long absence, other than perhaps a severe case of blogger burnout. I actually have lots of stuff to publish–reviews and links and stuff. Anyway, check out the right column. I’ve added a Tumblr where I will publish links and stuff, even if I’m not necessarily blogging. Some of the stuff is old because I started doing this a couple of weeks ago…see, I have good intentions, really. :-)