- Jane Austen, the Secret Radical
by Helena Kelly
The writer of Pride and Prejudice and Emma was politically engaged and no conservative, argues this confident book. Unfortunately, it ignores the ways she was truly radical.
- Dear Emma: A Novel
A college junior with an advice column discovers that following her own counsel is easier said than done. Each week, students write in with dating and friendship problems, and Harriet replies with clearheaded and thoughtful solutions.
- Jane Austen Made Me Do It: Original Stories Inspired by Literature's Most Astute Observer of the Human Heart
Laurel Ann Nattrass, ed.
Short stories by four admiring authors. (Thank you Jennifer for the donation.)
Jane Austen's Reading
Reading with Jane Austen
has created a virtual, information-filled view of the
Library of Godmersham Park. "I am now alone in the Library, Mistress of all I survey", wrote Jane Austen, about this library.
Godmersham Park was the estate of Jane Austen's brother Edward Austen Knight. Using ingenious graphics, this site
let's us sit down at Jane's side and explore with her.
Libraries were not always free.
In Jane Austen's time, readers could pay a subscription to circulating libraries.
In effect they rented books.
Erin Blakemore gives us insight into how such libraries worked in her
How Lizzie Bennet Got Her Books.
Jane Austen's Manuscripts
Thanks to the website, Open Culture, we know and can see that
Jane Austen used pins to edit her manuscripts. Two links lead to manuscripts from her unfinished novel,
All Austen's manuscripts can be viewed in facsimile on the site,
Jane Austen's Fiction Manuscripts.
At each meeting our library is open to members to borrow materials until the
next meeting, with a small fee of 25 cents. To plan your reading in advance,
review the Library List.
Send an email to JASNA Calgary
to request particular books, as our library is now too large to bring all the books to each meeting.
If you cannot wait until the next meeting, try the resources of the
Calgary Public Library.
Complete Set of Persuasions
Thanks to a donation from Randie, plus our own library, JASNA Calgary now has a complete set of
the official journal of the
Jane Austen Society of North America.
The JASNA website has the
table of contents,
for each journal.
Members can make arrangements to borrow a journal by emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org JASNA Calgary.
Persuasions is now published more frequently through its
Once a JASNA Calgary member and scribe, author Samantha Adkins has sadly moved to B.C.
We continue to appreciate her writing of Jane Austen themed novels. She first wrote,
Expectations, a sequel to Pride and Prejudice, for her sister's birthday.
In Suspiciously Reserved, Samantha invites us to imagine Emma set in present-day Canada. On her
blog she describes why she wrote her newest novel,
Banff Springs Abbey.
New Media Jane Austen
Jane Austen's Manuscripts
If you haven't had the opportunity to see Jane Austen's manuscripts in the
British Library, the BBC offers a short
video describing her particular style.
Or, watch as a fragment of her handwriting is revealed.
Virginia Woolf's Praise for Jane Austen
admired the writing of Jane Austen for many reasons.
In A Room of One's Own,
she speaks of how difficult it was in previous times, and indeed in her own time,
for women to write outside of the male tradition.
"What genius, what integrity it must have required in face of all that criticism in the midst of that purely patriarchal society to hold fast to the thing as they saw it without shrinking. Only Jane Austen did it and Emily Bronte. It is another feather, perhaps the finest, in their caps. They wrote as women write, not as men write. Of all the thousand women who wrote novels, they alone entirely ignored the perpetual admonitions of the eternal pedagogue - write this, think that. They alone were deaf to that persistent voice, now grumbling, now patronising, now domineering, now grieved, now shocked, now angry, now avuncular, that voice which cannot let women alone, but must be at them like some too conscientous governess, adjuring them to be refined."
(A Room of One's Own,
Virginia Woolf (Penguin 1945) p.75.)
Satan and Miss Bates
Noted philosopher and scholar, CS Lewis, uses Miss Bates in Emma to help readers better understand Satan in Milton's
"Before considering the character of Milton's Satan it may be desirable to remove an ambiguity by noticing that Jane Austen's Miss Bates
could be described either as a very entertaining or a very tedious person. If we said the first, we should mean that the author's portrait of her entertains us while we read; if we said the second, we should mean that it does so by being the portrait of a person whom the other people in Emma find tedious and whose like we also should find tedious in real life. For it is a very old critical discovery that the imitation in art of unpleasing objects may be a pleasing imitation.
The Hell [Satan] carries with him is, in one sense a Hell of infinite boredom, Satan, like Miss Bates is interesting to read about; but Milton makes plain the blank uninterestingness of being Satan."
(A Preface to Paradise Lost,
CS Lewis (OUP 1942) pp.94,102.)
Contemporaries on Jane Austen/center>
Jane Austen's Family and Friends
Sir Walter Scott
Obituary for Jane Austen
The Gentleman's Magazine
of July 18, 1817 carried this announcement of Jane Austen's death.