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Anne Hathaway as Jane Austen reading and writing outside a cottage (Becoming Jane, 2007, scripted Kevin Hood, Susan Williams, directed Julian Jarrod) Dear friends and readers, I have over the years written several blogs on Christmas, mentions and uses by Austen in her novels (see especially her perception of Christmas in the novels) and the […]

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Mrs Scrooge, widow, at home Dear friends and readers, For a few years now I’ve been able to write Christmas blogs about Jane Austen and “this time of festivities” (which is close to how her characters label winter solstice, somewhat ironically): how she perceives Christmas in her writing, how Christmas is treated in film adaptations […]

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Shopping ritual (Metropolitan) Dear friends and readers, I like movies and stories where the truth is told about Christmas, how ambiguous it is for most people, grating or desolating for many. One such movie is Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan: it’s known as a free adaptation of Mansfield Park, but it’s a piece of art in Stillman’s […]

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Dear friends and readers, For several years now I’ve posted a seasonal blog around Christmas time, usually long: as in Austen’s perception of Christmas seen in her novels and through the Austen films. Or I’ve found appropriate 18th century poems: Southey’s Written Christmas Day, modern poetry, Steventon’s A Carol of Birds, or stories of what […]

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Emma (Doran Goodwin) and Mr Knightley (John Carson), actually flirting over baby Emma (1972 BBC Emma) Dear friends and readers, Four years ago now I gathered together all — exclusive of juvenilia, the three unfinished fragments and Lady Susan — the passages in Austen’s novels which include references to Christmas. There are more there than […]

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I remember this one as a cartoon; I wish it were one; it’s Jane because of the cap & square cut bodice as visibilia Dear friends and readers, Women’s graphic novels (comic books, anyone?) have arrived. They’ve a homepage all their own. There are women’s graphic novels festivals. In Leeds a bunch of fairly well-known […]

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My day’s journey has been pleasanter in every respect than I expected. I have been very little crowded and by no means unhappy. —-Jane Austen, Letters (24 Oct 1798) Audrey-Fanny looks in at Scribner’s Christmas window (1990 Metropolitan, Whit Stillman) An aristocratic 18th century breakfast: what Amanda Price (Jemima Root) is served for breakfast at […]

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Dear friends and readers, As I’ve done for quite a number of years now, I placed on the three lists I own/moderate, a poem appropriate to the yearly Christmas ritual, together with a picture, and (I hoped) related remarks. This year I really did come across some beauties, which I’d like to remember by putting them here.  […]

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Snow Reveries & Doing Christmas

Dear friends and readers, This may be read as a continuation of my meditation on Christmas and report on what the Admiral (Jim), Izzy and I plan to do on the 25th, 26th, and 31st of December this year:  Doing Christmas.  Towards the end I try to speak of why this winter time off has […]

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Christmas, 2009 into 2010

Dear Sylwia and all, This is my way of thanking Sylwia for her informative history of Christmas customs in Poland as a reply to my blog on Austen’s uses of Christmas in her books.  The history of Christmas in the US is so varied from every point of view, from region, to era, to religion, […]

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