My first selection in the Everything Austen Challenge was Jane’s Fame – How Jane Austen Conquered the World by Claire Harman.
I found my copy (under a pile of to-be-dealt-with magazines and books) and I have planned my reading for the month. The book has seven chapters – I plan to read two chapters a week.
In a completely unrelated aside I just finished watching the latest version of Little Dorrit. It was fabulous – if you like a period drama, then you’ll definitely want to see this (and let’s face it you’re reading a blog about Jane Austen so you must like period dramas). You can buy it from the BBC Store and it is in regions 2 and 4 (that means you can watch it in Australia).
I saw the last two episodes of Lost in Austen.
I thought it was fabulous and I’m sure Jane Austen would have approved – this is the author who wrote Northanger Abbey I’m sure she would appreciate a tongue in cheek look at her novels (or more particularly the adaptations).
Here are some more links …
Â I’m still reading Northanger Abbey (up to chapter 5 now). Here are the bits I’ve loved so far …
On Mrs Allen meeting Mrs Thorpe (Chapter 4)
Their joy on this meeting was very great, as well it might since they had been contented to know nothing of each other for the last fifteen years.
On Catherine and Isabella’s relationship (Chapter 5)
Perhaps Catherine was wrong in not demanding the cause of that gentle emotion – but she was not experienced enough in the finesse of love, or the duties of friendship, to know when delicate raillery was properly called for, or when a confidence should be forced.
And of course the famous ‘defense of the novel’ quote (you can find hereÂ – scroll to the end of the chapter).