Why “Clueless” is the Best Jane Austen Adaptation


Why “Clueless” is the Best Jane Austen Adaptation

“…read all of Northanger Abbey…as a commentary on fangirl culture” YES.

Stephen King has never read Jane Austen


Horror author Stephen King admits he’s never read Jane Austen.

I don’t have much interest in “relationship” novels or romance. I’ve never read Jane Austen. I do not say this with either pride or shame (or prejudice, for that matter). It’s just a fact.

We are moved to quote the film Miss Austen Regrets:

If that’s what you think they say, my dear, perhaps, you should read them again.

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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Jane Austen’s House Museum raising funds to buy Cassandra Austen letter


Cassandra AustenIf you haven’t yet heard, Jane Austen’s House Museum is raising funds to purchase a letter written by Cassandra Austen to Fanny Knight a couple of weeks after Jane Austen’s death. The letter is currently on loan to the museum and on display there. They have from May to July to raise £10,000. They have already raised money for the purchase via the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Collecting Cultures  scheme, but need to raise the additional money from individual givers.

The letter was written on July 29, 1817. Cassandra is responding to a letter from Fanny.

Nothing of the sort could have been more gratifying to me than the manner in which you write of her, and if the dear angel is conscious of what passes here, and is not above all earthly feelings, she may perhaps receive pleasure in being so mourned.

Cassandra is past her first grief and making arrangements for the disposition of Jane’s things, including a lock of her hair; she inquires whether Fanny wants it set in a ring or a brooch. Being the executrix of Jane’s will, these are necessary actions, but one can imagine the heartbreak–and healing–that accompanied them.

You can read the whole letter at Molland’s. The letter (dated July 29) is about two-thirds of the way down the page.

You can donate through the campaign’s Just Giving page, or send a check directly to the Museum. Do try to send something–even just a small amount. Lots of people giving small amounts adds up to a big amount. Let’s do this, and bring the letter home.

JASNA Louisville announces the Jackie Johnson Memorial AGM Scholarship


JASNA Louisville has announced that they have established the Jackie Johnson Memorial AGM Scholarship to pay the registration and hotel costs to attend the AGM. The scholarship is open to any member in good standing of JASNA as of May 1, 2015, who has never attended an AGM. If you’ve always wanted to go to the AGM and can’t afford it, this is a great opportunity!

It’s not a lottery; you have to write an essay. Jane wouldn’t want it to be that easy. :) The essay prompt and directions can be found at the link above.

The scholarship honors Jackie Johnson, a member of JASNA Louisville who passed away in 2014. What a wonderful way to honor her memory. Even if you don’t want or need the scholarship, go read the link and learn about Jackie.

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, A Musical at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts


pnpmusicalThe wonderful, beautiful, moving musical of Pride and Prejudice by Amanda Jacobs and Lindsay Warren Baker is currently playing at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in the Los Angeles area. It is running through May 10. If you are anywhere in the area and can get there, make every opportunity to do so. It’s a terrific adaptation and the music is wonderful. To get a flavor of it, check out the musical’s Facebook page as well as La Mirada’s Facebook page, which have photos and videos of the play. They are both public, so you don’t need to be a Facebook member to see the photos and videos. There have also been several reviews: StageSceneLA, Broadway World (lots of photos in that one!), and the OC Register.