http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/howaboutthat/12147299/most-romantic-quotes-film-tv-books.html

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Except Jane Austen didn’t write that line… and honestly, as romantic declarations go, it’s very, er, Edward Ferrarsish.

Also laughing at No. 10. “In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

Yes, Jane wrote that, but it’s not really that romantic. If it were, Mr. Darcy wouldn’t have had a struggle, or needed to repress his feelings. Just saying. (We much prefer “dearest, loveliest Elizabeth.”)

Love and Friendship has landed!

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The Editrix is, at present, on her way to the Sundance Film Festival to see Love and Friendship on Sunday night! Stay tuned to AustenBlog and our Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr pages for updates. (Everything will make it back here eventually.)

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The excitement is beginning…firstly, for those wondering when everyone not struggling through blizzards and airline terminals without charging stations (seriously? Did we slip back into the 1990s unawares?) to get to Utah will be able to see the film, it will stream on Amazon in the U.S. (it is not clear to us if that means only for those with a subscription to Prime, or if anyone can pay to rent it) and we believe will also have a theatrical run, probably at your local indie cinema. We can’t speak to other countries quite yet.

Vanity Fair also has an interview with Whit Stillman about the film.  Continue reading

Happy Holidays from AustenBlog

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Wishing our Gentle Readers a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year from the Editrix and Dorothy.

Image by Unknown 1823 artist [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Happy Birthday, Jane Austen!

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This cake was served at the JASNA Eastern Pennsylvania Region’s birthday party for Jane earlier this month. It was beautiful and delicious (and, according to the regional coordinator, fascinated the bakery employees).

“You know how interesting the purchase of a sponge-cake is to me.” – Letter to Cassandra Austen, June 15, 1808

Once again, we take pen in hand–er, place fingers to keyboard to wish Jane Austen a very happy 240th birthday. She doesn’t look a day over 35, does she? We’ve got a cake, and no doubt Dorothy will bring around a beverage to everyone’s taste, whether tea or lemonade or maybe a nice mulled wine (heavy on the cinnamon, light on the cloves). It’s a day for Jane Austen fans to celebrate: the birth of our favorite author.

It’s our habit on this day to think of birthday gifts we would give Jane were she here. As the temperatures both at AustenBlog World Headquarters and, we are told, in the UK right now are on the temperate side (seriously, we were out in short sleeves and no coat this past weekend), we don’t think Jane needs anything warm, but we’d love to crochet a light, ethereal shawl using laceweight yarn, perhaps LilyGo’s “Remember Me” shawl; something light, just enough to keep off the evening chill. Needlework as a hobby is something we share with Jane Austen, and, oh yeah, that writing thing as well–though of course we can only aspire to her genius.

Please take up your beverage of choice and join us in a toast to the immortal Jane Austen.

(Also, scroll down for three, count ’em, three giveaway posts in honor of the day!)

 

Jane Austen’s Birthday Giveaway #1: Jane Austen Cover to Cover

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Here’s our first giveaway for Jane Austen Day: The Editrix’s own book, Jane Austen Cover to Cover. One hopes our Gentle Readers already know something about it, but if not, it is a review of 200 years of cover design, from the ridiculous to the sublime, of all of Jane Austen’s novels. It’s a nice big coffee-table-type book with tons of full-color illustrations of the book covers. We also included information about the history of the publication of the novels and Jane Austen’s professional decisions and activities as a working author (a subject that never ceases to fascinate us). We have been fortunate to receive great reviews, and at JASNA events many people have told us how much they enjoyed the book. Thanks to all of you! It’s been a fun year representing this book.

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment below with a valid email address in the email field, so that we can get your address if you win. The email won’t be shared. Comments will close at 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern time, Sunday, December 20, 2015. We will choose a random commenter to win. Only one comment in the thread will count as an entry.

Sorry, this is for readers in the U.S. only. (We know that is disappointing to our international readers. The reason we are limiting it is that we have run into issues with sending books internationally,where recipients were forced to pay as much as the book is worth for custom fees and tariffs. Not much of a giveaway then.)

Jane Austen’s Birthday Giveaway #2: A Jane Austen Devotional and The Christian Encounters Series: Jane Austen

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nelson_99centsOur second giveaway is one each of two books published by HarperCollins Christian Publishing, A Jane Austen Devotional and The Christian Encounters Series: Jane Austen by Peter J. Leithart. They are featuring the ebooks of these two titles for 99 cents for today, December 16, only, in celebration of Jane’s birthday. However, they are also kindly offering a print copy of each book to two lucky AustenBlog readers. Below is some information about the books from the publisher.  Continue reading

Jane Austen’s Birthday Giveaway #3: A Jane Austen Christmas by Carlo DeVito

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We have two copies of A Jane Austen Christmas by Carlo DeVito

From the publisher:

Filled with the remarkable wit and insight of one of the world’s most cherished authors, A Jane Austen Christmas gives readers insight into Austen’s life through little-known stories about how she and her family celebrated the treasured holiday season.

Carlo DeVito provides an intimate portrait of Austen’s most cherished Christmas memories with her family: from the gift of her first writing desk, to her first love and heartbreak, to her brewing mead and beer in time for the holidays. Along the way readers will spend a holiday in the Austen house, celebrate Jane’s birthday, meet the inspiration for more than a dozen characters, attend the Christmastide series of balls, and learn how to make family’s favorite recipes and dedicate a novel to the Prince Regent. Remarkably fresh and supremely entertaining, A Jane Austen Christmas brings Austen’s world to life as never before.

Incidentally, the Editrix wrote the introduction! The publisher has kindly provided two copies for a giveaway.

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment below with a valid email address in the email field, so that we can get your address if you win. The email won’t be shared. Comments will close at 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern time, Sunday, December 20, 2015. We will choose a random commenter to win. Only one comment in the thread will count as an entry. Sorry, this is for readers in the U.S. only.