The Penny Post Weekly Review ~ All Things Austen

The Penny Post Weekly Review* 

June 4, 2011

News and Gossip: 

1.   “Josiah Wedgwood Tradesman – Tycoon, firing up the modern Age” at The Culture Concept Circle:

 2. access through the month of June:   user ID: ee2011 / PW:  enlightenment

3.  How timely is this, as I just started to re-read Evelina last week! You can follow the Group read of Frances Burney’s Evelina at The Duchess of Devonshire’s Gossip Guide: here is the first post:

The full reading schedule is here: join in if you can!

  • 2 June: Volume 1 Letters 1-20
  • 9 June: Volume 1 Letter 21- Volume 2 Letter 6 (21-37)
  • 16 June: Volume 2 Letter 7- 22 (38-53)
  • 23 June: Volume 2 Letter 23- Volume 3 Letter 9 (54-71)
  • 30 June: Volume 3 Letter 10-23 (72-84)

4.  In the UK: The Jane Austen Regency Week [ June 18 – June 26, 2011], celebrating the time Jane Austen spent in Alton and Chawton, is sponsored by the Alton Chamber of Commerce – website with event information here:

5.  As part of the above Regency Week celebration, the Chawton House Library will be hosting tea, talk, and tours on June 21st and 23rd :

6.  Two posts on the British and their lovely habit, the drinking of tea: at Mary Ellen Foley’s Anglo-American Experience blog:

Part 1:
Part 2:
Part 3:
Part 4:  coming soon, so check back

Chinese Flowers, Old Foley pottery, from M.E. Foley's blog

7.  Dressing the Part: Dolley Madison’s Life Through Fashion, an exhibit at James Madison’s Montpelier, June 15, 2011 – March 29, 2012:

8.  The In Fashion: High Style 1620-2011 exhibit at The Shelburne Museum opens June 18, 2011:

9.  An interview with Diana Birchall at Maria Grazia’s The Jane Austen Book Club: [includes a book giveaway]

10.  I don’t even know where to begin re: V. S. Naipaul’s trashing women writers and Jane Austen’s “sentimentality” [see this article at the Guardian: ]

– but as one gentleman on one of the listservs I subscribe to so eloquently said: “Oh yeah Naipaul, how many movies have been made from YOUR books, huh?”


New Books just out / about to be: 

1.  Why Jane Austen? By Rachel Brownstein. ColumbiaUniversity Press, 2011:  [publication date: June 16, 2011 or thereabouts – more on this book next week!]

2.  Vauxhall Gardens, by David Coke and Alan Borg: – the book is to be published by Yale University Press on June 8, 2011

3.  Jane Austen: Two Centuries of Criticism, by Laurence Mazzeno. Camden Press, 2011:


A few blogs / websites to check out:

1.  This one deserves repeating:  The Jane Austen Music Transcripts Collection at Flinders Academic Commons, transcribed by Gillian Dooley [this is a wonderful resource, most all from Austen’s music manuscript notebooks]:

2.  William Godwin’s Diary: Reconstructing a Social and Political Culture, 1788-1836:   [husband to Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley’s father, Austen’s time]

3.  The Beau Monde Blog

Beau Monde Blog header

4.  The Carlyle Letters Online [i.e Thomas and Jane]

5.  The George Eliot blog:  [new!]

6.  The Yale Center for British Art – their fabulous new website:

Mercier - 'The Sense of Hearing' - detail - YCBA


* I hope to return to doing a weekly update of various Austen-related discoveries – so much out there – so little time – one must set aside some time for BOOKS, don’t you think??

Copyright @2011 Deb Barnum, at Jane Austen in Vermont

JASNA-Vermont Event ~ ‘The Musical World of Jane Austen’

A reminder about our JASNA-Vermont event, tomorrow June 5, 2011 from 2-4 pm!

~The Musical World of Jane Austen ~ 


  Dr. William Tortolano

Dr. Tortolano is Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at Saint Michael’s College and an internationally-known expert on Gregorian Chant. A forty-seven year faculty member at the college, he leads a busy “non-retirement” life as educator, concert organist, church musician, editor, author and director of Gregorian Chant workshops. He will be presenting a short lecture on the music of Jane Austen’s world, followed by an organ / piano recital of works
she would have known and heard:
Froberger, Pachelbel, Handel, Mozart, Purcell, Gluck and more…


Vermont College of Fine Arts Chapel*

36 College St. Montpelier, VT 

  • $10. / person ~ $5. / student ~ at the door
  • Light refreshments served
  • Please Join Us! 

[Image:  Emma, C.E. Brock, courtesy of Molland’s]