Adkins, Roy & Lesley, Jane Austen's England
Boyle, Laura, "Jane Austen's Women and Their Creative Skills," Jane Austen Centre
Forest, Jennifer, Jane Austen's Sewing Box
Fullerton, Susannah, Celebrating Pride and Prejudice: 200 Years of Jane Austen's Masterpiece
Jones, Susan, "Thread-cases, Pin-cushions, and Card-racks: Women's Work in the City of Jane Austen's Persuasion," Persuasions On-line Vol. 25, No. 1 (Winter, 2004)
Sullivan, Margaret C., The Jane Austen Handbook, A Sensible Yet Elegant Guide to Her World
Wass, Ann Buermann, "Sat at Work: Regency Women and Their Needle" pp. 14-16, Jane Austen Knits, Fall 2012
Deborah Eley referenced several sources during her presentation about "women's work" during Jane Austen's time, at last weekend's reading group discussion event. Below are the titles and links to the sources she used.
There is a new title in a planned trilogy about Jane Austen and the places she lived and loved; the series, by British author and graphic designer Terry Townsend, is part of the Halsgrove Discover Series. The first title, "Jane Austen's Hampshire," was published last summer, in August 2014, and the second, "Jane Austen and Bath" was published last month, in April 2015. The final title in the series, "Jane Austen's Kent" will be available this summer, in early June.
Click here for more background info about the upcoming title, "Jane Austen's Kent," at http://www.halsgrovemedia.co.uk/imagebase/data/albums/KB41/KB338/Jane%20Austen_s%20Kent.pdf.
There is also an interesting interview with Terry Townsend about the book series, as well as his background and interest in Jane Austen, on the My Jane Austen Book Club site here at http://thesecretunderstandingofthehearts.blogspot.com/2014/08/talking-jane-austen-with-terry-townsend.html.
The topic for the upcoming Reading Group discussion, scheduled for this upcoming Sunday, March 8, is Jane Austen's final work, Sanditon. The discussion leaders will be Jennifer and Sam Snoek-Brown. Please read the following in preparation for the reading group discussion:
While Sanditon is an unfinished novel, comprised of only 12 chapters, there are so many opportunities for rich discussion and so many themes that we could potentially discuss as a group. While Sam and I were discussing the unfinished novel this weekend, within only a few minutes we had listed multiple potential discussion topics, including (but not limited to):
As you can see, there is so much potential represented within so few pages!
So how to narrow this down to a single discussion? Sam and I decided to go back to the source -- or rather, the source of Sanditon's initial presentation to the public, which was in 1870 through J.E. Austen-Leigh's memoir of his aunt Jane Austen. In that memoir, in Chapter XIII, Austen-Leigh described the writing of Sanditon and included his own personal summary of it, along with substantial excerpts from Austen's text. The full manuscript of Sanditon was not published until 1925. (Scroll down to the bottom of this message for links to his memoir online.)
Therefore, Sam and I have pulled out the following discussion questions/themes relating to J.E. Austen-Leigh's original introduction of Sanditon.
For sources and/or further reading, please feel free to explore the following:
A new title of close readings of Jane Austen's novels was published last month, The Hidden Jane Austen by John Wiltshire. It promises to be an interesting read, if any of our members are interested in delving into deeper psychological explorations of Austen's characters.
Through a series of compelling close readings of key passages in each novel, Wiltshire underscores Austen's unique ability to penetrate the hidden inner motives and impulses of her characters, and reveals some of the secrets of her narrative art.
There are also some special reader features on the Cambridge University Press website, including a book trailer and a free preview of the introduction and first chapter!
The second book in the "Austen Project" series has been released, Val McDermid's modern take on Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey. The new release garnered a positive review in the New York Times Book Review, as quoted below:
"Cozy Classics" are a series of board books of classic literature, including Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Emma. The photographs capture creative felted illustrations and characters. The series was created by twin brothers Holman and Jack Wang -- and each board book is only 12 words long!
For more info online:
Jane Austen Books: 10 Essential Reads For Janeites, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/02/jane-austen-books-_n_3695495.html
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