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This is my favorite of all the fictionalized iconic images of Austen — it’s found in the gardens of Chawton House I’m told, 20th century, the sculpture Adam Roud who says it “represents” Austen as “daughter and sister as she walked through town” (see commentary and video) A windy wet day? her head held high […]

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An actress in semi-comic imitation of Catherine Parr as she appears in a portrait that anticipates several of her stepdaughter, Elizabeth’s (attributed to “Master John”) Dear Friends and readers, In previous years when I’ve sought to commemorate Austen’s birthday, I’ve placed on the blog something she wrote or something written about her novels, usually poems; […]

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It may be possible to do without dancing entirely. Instances have been known of young people passing many, many months successively, without being at any ball of any description, and no material injury accrue either to body or mind; — but when a beginning is made — when the felicities of rapid motion have once […]

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John Everett Millais (1829-96), Walking and Talking Dear friends and readers, How can we remember her best this anniversary? Last year I put a poem she wrote for her birthday in 1808: it’s the only year that we have a record showing that her remembering her birthday: on December 16th, 1804 her good friend, Anna […]

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Dear Friends, As I sent variants on the following posting to 5 different lists (Women Writers through the Ages, Women’s Poetry List, Eighteenth Century Worlds, and Austen-l, and C18-l, how can I neglect what readers and friends I have here in a blog written under the sign (aegis, protection, imagined beloved presence of) Jane Austen: […]

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Dear friends and readers, On this quiet dark night, with snow making the scene outside my window, wintry looking indeed, I’m glad to be able to announce the reading and discussion of Jane Austen’s letters I began on WomenWriterThroughtheAges @ Yahoo is off to a hearty start. On WWTTA, Janeites and Austen-l we’ve had reasonable […]

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This statue by Adam Roud of Jane Austen walking steadily, looking to the side, book tucked under her elbow has been my favorite of the modern rendition — found in Chawton churchyard — we know she loved to walk … Friend and readers, I’ve written such a number of blogs commemorating Jane Austen’s birthday in […]

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Katherine Parr, Henry VIII’s sixth wife (for the origin and my first adumbration of this perspective: What she said about Tudor queens) I read history a little as a duty, but it tells me nothing that does not vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars or pestilences, in every page; […]

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Nell Blaine, November in Snow (1987) Friends and readers, Each year I have commemorated “the birthday” (to echo PL Travers’s way of talking of Mary Poppins’s birthday in the MP books) — sometimes by poetry Austen wrote on her birthday, in 1808 her good friend, Mrs Lefroy lost her life; one by showing how Austen […]

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Judy Parfitt as Lady Catherine de Bough towering over, attempting to bully Elizabeth Garvie as Elizabeth out of Darcy (Fay Weldon’s 1979 BBC P&P,) The Birthday. Whose? how can you ask? Jane Austen’s on a cold day, where much snow lay on the ground, December 16, 1775. In previous years I have remembered this day […]

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