"Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery."
Here is a message from a fellow JASNA member of the Southeastern Virginia region:
Hello! My name is Alethea White-Previs, and I am a member of the Southeastern Virginia chapter of JASNA. I handcraft a set of six Jane Austen ornaments, 3" circular clear ornaments filled with strips cut from Jane's six published novels, one novel per ornament. Each comes with a different colored ribbon on top, based on my impression of that book's hero, as follows:
PRIDE & PREJUDICE - Black, for Mr. Darcy's impeccable style
MANSFIELD PARK - Brown, for Edmund's unassuming air
SENSE & SENSIBILITY - Red, for Colonel Brandon's Army service
PERSUASION - Blue, for Captain Wentworth's Naval service
EMMA - Hunter Green, for Mr. Knightley's fashionable but humble dress
NORTHANGER ABBEY - White, for Mr. Tilney's religious collar
There had been rumors circulating, the official news broke today: Jane Austen will become the new face of the 10-pound note in British currency! She will replace Charles Darwin in 2017. The final choice was down to Mark Carney, who is the incoming Bank of England governor.
You can read more about the story here at BBC News, at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23424289
, including a video on the public's reaction to the announcement.
Can't get enough of Downton Abbey? Then check out Downton Arby's!
Today, December 16, is Jane Austen's birthday! The excerpt reprinted below comes from a special birthday announcement, via email, from our JASNA President Iris Lutz:
Jane Austen was born 237 years ago today: December 16, 1775. As we celebrate her birthday, it's my pleasure to announce that the winter edition of Persuasions On-Line, Vol. 33, No.1 is now posted on the JASNA website as a gift to all her admire her work.
This edition includes selected presentations from the 2012 AGM held in Brooklyn, New York, on the theme of "Sex, Money, and Power in Jane Austen's Fiction." In addition, the Miscellany offers essays on a variety of fascinating topics, as well as Jane Austen bibliographies for 2008 and 2011.
Mrs. Leigh-Perrot. Image @JASA
At our September meeting last weekend, Regional Coordinator Kim Higgins announced she was collecting items for a raffle basket in preparation for our upcoming December event.
If you would like to donate items of interest -- related to the Regency, Britannia, and/or Jane Austen-themed -- please contact Kim directly. Please see our Contacts page
for contact info.
Please see below for info about our December event, or visit our 2012 Events page
Hello all you JASNA OR/SW Washington Fans!
Below is a message/request from our member Debbie Guyol. She is working on a wonderful book project and could use our help!! If you can help her please let her know directly. Enjoy ~ Janet Rohrbaugh
I reported in January that my co-author and I had an agent for our silly book project, Pride and Prejudice and Kitties
, or Purr and Petulance
[see the Austencats web site
plus an earlier blog post
about the site]. Well, now we have a publisher! And we have cat-photos to take. Well, I do anyway (my friend is back East). And perhaps some local Janeites could help.
- Seeking photogenic cats in the Portland area
- Regency props?
- Does anyone have household decor that could pass for Regency? (Haha, long shot, I know!) That I could photograph for possible Photoshop use?
Anyone who'd like to share can respond directly to me.
Big thank you!
Thanks to member Debbie Guyol, here is an entertaining, and thought-provoking, article by John Mullan in The Guardian
on Jane Austen's work and her genius use of details and accuracy. Mullan's book, What Matters in Jane Austen?,
will be published in early June.
Click here to view the article online in a new window, http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/may/18/ten-questions-jane-austen
"Jane Austen's admirer Virginia Woolf
said that 'of all great writers she is the most difficult to catch in the act of greatness'. It is a brilliant insight. The apparent modesty of Austen's dramas is only apparent; the minuteness of design is a bravura achievement. But it cannot be shown by some grand scene or speech. Accuracy is her genius. Noticing minutiae will lead you to the wonderful interconnectedness of her novels, where a small detail of wording or motivation in one place will flare with the recollection of something that happened much earlier. This is one of the reasons they bear such rereading. Every quirk you notice leads you to a design. If you ask very specific questions about what goes on in her novels, you reveal their cleverness. The closer you look, the more you see. Try these 10 questions."
- Who marries a man younger than herself?
- Who says: 'I hate money'?
- What is Mrs Bennet's Christian name?
- Why is Mr Perry getting a carriage?
- Who is wearing mourning?
- Where does Wickham have a tryst with Georgiana Darcy?
- Who marries for sex?
- What does Captain Benwick say in Persuasion?
- Who has the shortest successful courtship?
- Which novel's plot relies on the weather?