Kelly was the driving force behind the formation of the JASNA Vermont Region – if you have been following her blog at Two Teens in the Time of Austen – or you are just discovering it for the first time today, head over to Amazon and add this to your kindle! – I promise you will not be disappointed!
Two Teens in the Time of Austen
Smith&GoslingThe biography A Memoir of Jane Austen, compiled by her nephew James Edward Austen Leigh, was first published in 1870 (2nd edition on google.books). In 1911, daughter Mary Augusta Austen Leigh wrote down Edward’s own life history. Two Teens in the Time of Austen dramatizes events in the lives of Edward’s beloved wife Emma Smith (1801-1876) and her friend and sister-in-law Mary Gosling (1800-1842).
It is Emma’s eventual connection to the Austens of Steventon which gives this project its very name! (The fact that the diaries of both girls begin in the period that saw Austen’s publications, doesn’t hurt either.) Celebrate with me five years of uncovering the lives of the Smiths & Goslings. You can even “click to Look Inside“. Lightly edited, and highly rearranged, “Random Jottings” (estimated at 170 pages) serves as an introduction to the world of my Two Teens from posts published…
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Roehampton is about two miles north of Wimbledon. It is situated next to Richmond Park. Sutton is two miles in the other direction ,south of Wimbledon.
Charles Dickens knew the Richmond and the Roehampton area very well. He often took his family to stay by the Thames at Richmond at weekends to get away from London.
Jane Austen, herself would have travelled past Roehampton Vale many times on the road between Kingston upon Thames and Hans Place in Kensington or indeed Henrietta Street in Covent Garden, where Henry lived.
All the best,