The Janeite Times, No. 4


Welcome to The Janeite Times, where we present links to the latest news of interest to Jane Austen fans.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, a blogger and columnist at The Atlantic, has been reading Jane Austen (he calls her “Jane Awesome”) and writing a series of blog posts in which he is clearly bursting to share this thing THAT IS SO COOL THAT HE JUST READ IN A JANE AUSTEN NOVEL. First he went through P&P, and now he’s reading S&S, and just taking great enjoyment in the actual language. We’re down with that. Anyone who tries to claim Jane Austen isn’t a great stylist will have the Editrix all up in their grille.

This post, a review of a performance of 18th-century music, invokes Jane Austen.

Were the people in the 18th century as lovely and well-mannered as their music? From the novels of Jane Austen it would seem so, and certainly it could be deduced from the music played the afternoon of Sunday Feb. 27 by the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra.

It actually makes sense, kind of.

And the Obscure Jane Austen Reference of the Day Award goes to a review of The Death of Eli Gold by David Baddiel.

Twenty-five years ago, in a book on Jane Austen, the Cambridge academic Tony Tanner thanked “a student at King’s College, David Baddiel” for alerting him to the close historical relationship between the words “property” and “propriety”, which enabled his realisation that Austen is “more concerned with the dangers of impropriety than the deprivations of poverty.”

Baddiel must be the only person credited with a new insight into Austen’s work who has also written and performed a chart-topping football song (Three Lions).

Well. Yes.

The comic-book treatments of Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility have been followed by a new comic of Emma, written (like the other two) by Nancy Butler, with art by Janet Lee.

This is an AustenBlog DIY post, so please feel free to leave any interesting Austen-related links you’ve come across in comments.

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