Wednesday, 27 October 2010

AUSTENESQUE NEWS

1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SENSE AND SENSIBILITY!!!



On October 27th 1811 Jane Austen published her first novel signing it ..."by a lady": SENSE AND SENSIBILITY is 199 years old! Let's start organizing something special for next year, it'll be its 200th birthday anniversary.


2. JASNA PORTLAND AGM

JASNA for the 2010 AGM in Portland.  It will take place over the Halloween weekend (October 29-31), very fitting as this AGM will feature Northanger Abbey.  The theme is “Jane Austen and the Abbey: Mystery, Mayhem and Muslin in Portland.”

3. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE ON STAGE
Universities are not only place were you can study Jane Austen's works academically. For instance,  the  Davidson College Theatre Department  ( Charlotte ) 
 presents Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, adapted for the stage by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan, directed by Professor Ann Marie Costa. Times vary, Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center. 
Dates:
  • Thursday, October 28, 2010 @ 12:00 am
  • Friday, October 29, 2010 @ 12:00 am
  • Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 12:00 am
  • Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 12:00 am



4. JANE AUSTEN ON  ... 27th OCTOBER 1798 

Cassandra's portrait
 "I shall think with tenderness and delight on his beautiful and smiling countenance and interesting manner, until a few years have turned him into an ungovernable, ungracious fellow."
— Jane Austen, on her three-year-old nephew, in a letter to Cassandra, 27 October 1798

5. EDITOR HELP FOR JANE AUSTEN


One of English Literature's greatest novelists, Jane Austen, had her work polished up by a male editor who took out her bad grammar and spelling, an Oxford academic has revealed.
Professor Kathryn Sutherland made the discovery while studying a collection of 1,100 original handwritten pages of Austen's unpublished writings.
Prof Sutherland said: "It's widely assumed that Austen was a perfect stylist - her brother Henry famously said in 1818 that 'everything came finished from her pen' and commentators continue to share this view today. ( go on reading)


6. GIVEAWAY WINNER


Now it's time to reveal the name of last week's giveaway winner . First of all, many thanks to Sharon Lathan and Sourcebooks for granting you the possibility to win a free copy of IN THE ARMS OF MR DARCY.
Congratulations to ... ARABELLA VIDAL for being the lucky one!
Till very soon for a new interview and a new giveaway. 
"Talking Jane Austen with..."  is tomorrow!

2 comments:

Adriana Zardini said...

Maria, thanks for such interesting news!

Sharon Lathan said...

Congratulations Arabella! I hope you love my novel. Be sure to let me know!

Maria, thanks again for having me. It was wonderful.

Sincerely, Sharon