REVIEW: Among the Janeites by Deborah Yaffe

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Disclaimer: I was interviewed for this book, becoming acquainted (dare I say, friendly) with the author in the process. I disclose that for the sake of transparency; it did not affect my opinion of the book. -MCS When we read Claire Harman’s book Jane’s Fame back in 2009, we were quite disappointed by what we…

Weekend Bookblogging: Warnings and Advertisements Edition

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Welcome to Weekend Bookblogging, where we discuss books by, about, and inspired by Jane Austen and her work. Alert Janeite Trai spotted something interesting that we felt compelled to share with our readers. Two upcoming books from Sourcebooks Casablanca, both written by Abigail Reynolds, are mass market paperback (the smaller, cheaper kind) reprints of Austen…

Friday Bookblogging: Mostly Audio Edition

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It’s been a while for Friday Bookblogging, but there’s so much today that we couldn’t resist; and interestingly, much of it is audio-based, or at least partly. (There are transcripts for nearly everything if you are at work or otherwise audio-challenged.) NPR has been featuring Claire Harman’s book, Jane’s Fame, over the past week or…

Pot, Meet Kettle

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Alert Janeite Laurel Ann pointed us to an interview with Claire Harman in the Globe and Mail, presumably in relation to the recent North American publication of her book, Jane’s Fame. While we enjoyed the book (read our review), we got a definite sense that the author held herself superior to Those Austen People, drinking…

Weekend Bookblogging: Current Events Edition

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Welcome to Weekend Bookblogging! This week’s links seem to have an overall theme of current events, in that they are related to the latest news both in the Jane Austen world and in the bigger world as well. Alert Janeite Cate sent a link to the latest installment of Open Book on BBC Radio 4,…

Piling On

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The dust is still settling from Claire Harman’s academic tussle with Kathryn Sutherland, and now another Austen scholar has claimed that in her new book Ms. Harman used his work without proper citation. In a letter to Times Higher Education, Peter Sabor, Canada research chair in 18th-century studies at McGill University, Montreal, said that Ms…