The Penny Post Weekly Review ~ All Things Jane Austen!

The Penny Post Weekly Review

 November 20, 2011

 News & Gossip 

*Lindsay Ashford on her new book The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen – and how Austen perhaps died from arsenic poisoning, whether intentional or not – has created quite the kerfuffle on the airwaves. Miss Ashford has written a fictional account of what might have happened [and it certainly reveals a good number of Austen family secrets! – all fiction of course…or is it?]

The Daily Mail:

and The Guardian:

 [I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Ashford at the Fort Worth AGM – I’ve also read the book! – more on this in a future post I hope… has anyone else read it? – it deserves some conversation!]

*Those who have been following Downton Abbey [and who in their right costume-drama mind is not] will be pleased to know that the series has been granted a third season! – meanwhile we on this side of the pond “patiently” wait until January for Series 2, now finished in the UK – watch your PBS station for details on the re-running of Season 1 prior to the new shows – [do I dare admit that at our WWW (Wild Women Weekend) we watched the entire first season straight through [well, parts 5 and 6 on the Sunday morning – is there anything better than sharing this show with your very own group of fabulous wild women?!] 

Anyway, here is an interview with Dan Stevens – the hero of the piece, soon to be a soldier in WWI who returns home injured – however will Mary fit into this lifestyle change??

JASNA and JASNA-Vermont News

The JASNA website has added its annual link to Austen-related gifts from various JASNA Regions here: – a great place to start your holiday shopping, even for those not so Austen-crazed – what a better time than this to convert a few friends…

The JASNA-Vermont Annual Birthday Tea is next Sunday December 4, 2011 – please send in your reservation form if you are planning on attending! –

This at the JASNA South Carolina Region:  I went – wonderful time – will report the full details this week…

The Circulating Library 

*Has anyone read any of these books? Are they any good? – the Jaine Austen mysteries by Laura Levine:

Humor is the key ingredient in this slick debut by television comedy writer Levine. Freelancer Jaine Austen (her mother loved the classics but couldn’t spell) makes a living writing love letters, personal ads and industrial brochures, but she never expected her work to involve her in murder.

Titles in the series: 

  • Pampered to Death 
  • Death of a Trophy Wife
  • Killer Cruise 
  • Killing Bridezilla 
  • Death by Pantyhose 
  • The PMS Murder 
  • Shoes to Die For 
  • Killer Blonde 
  • Last Writes 
  • This Pen for Hire

*For the Sense and Sensibility bicentenary – an article in Fine Books & Collections:

FB&C asks: Have any FB&C readers attempted to collect all known editions and translations of Austen’s debut title?  Does anyone know of any individual or institution that may have made such an attempt…?

* a great resource: “Fiction in the Hampshire Chronicle 1772-1820” on the Chawton House Library website:

* A new book with a great title:  Freud’s Couch, Scott’s Buttocks, Bronte’s Grave by Simon Goldhill.  There are chapters on traveling to the homes and haunts of Shakespeare, Bronte, Wordsworth, Scott, and Freud, but alas! no Austen – what was Mr. Goldhill thinking?!:

And the press release: 
[with thanks to Joe T.!] 

*Do you like Sherlock Holmes? – there is some good stuff at Victoria Magazine and 

And while we are on Mr. Holmes, visit the website for the Sherlock Holmes Society of London: – where you can order your Christmas cards for 2011 complete with Holmes and Watson in the “Blue Carbuncle”…

And you can get on your Kindle with the touch of your keyboard, a new Holmes-inspired book: Barefoot on Baker Street by Charlotte Anne Walter:

 This all in preparation for the second installment in the Holmes / Watson – Downey / Law due out it is said on of all days, December 16th! Would Jane Austen like Sherlock Holmes?? what do you think??

Websites and Blogs worth a look 

*Harvard University has set up a page Jane Austen: Online Resources

Harvard recently published the annotated editions of Pride and Prejudice and PersuasionEmma, NA, MP, and S&S are forthcoming.  Note that our esteemed Austenblog and Jane Austen’s World blog are both included in the resource list! Congratulations to Mags and Vic!

*One can never have enough of London, as Samuel Johnson so wisely opined – so here is yet another site to visit to satisfy your London wanderlust: the online exhibition Glimpses of London’s Past at the University of Otago:

Norden map of London 1593

[via Vic at Jane Austen’s World]

*Another Jane Austen blog to spend your spare minutes visiting: Vicariously Jane Austen at 

*An oldie but worth a listen:  Claire Tomalin on Jane Austen at
[TTBOOOK = To the Best of Our Knowledge – check out the various interview podcasts…]

*Old Print Giclees – reproducing prints of all sorts – here is a Gibson print – you can own your own [and very affordable], either on paper or canvas in any size – check out the website for other print selections on various subjects:

"She Finds Some Consolation in her Mirror"

Museum Musings – Exhibition Trekking 

*The V&A:  Number 11 Henrietta Street – follow this audio and transcript for a tour through the house next door to Henry Austen’s No. 10: a tad larger than this image!

*The First Ladies Exhibit at the Museum of American History, opened November 19, 2011

 The First Ladies explores the unofficial but important position of first lady and the ways that different women have shaped the role to make their own contributions to the presidential administrations and the nation. The exhibition features more than two dozen gowns from the Smithsonian’s almost 100-year old First Ladies Collection, including those worn by Frances Cleveland, Lou Hoover, Jacqueline Kennedy, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama. A section titled “Changing Times, Changing First Ladies” highlights the roles played by Dolley Madison, Mary Lincoln, Edith Roosevelt, and Lady Bird Johnson and their contributions to their husband’s administrations. The First Ladies encourages visitors to consider the changing role played by the first lady and American women over the past 200 years.

*Robert Burns at the Morgan:

Burns - Auld Lang Syne

Regency Life 

*Fashion: video of Regency fashions as worn by Jane Austen, courtesy of the Yorkshire Post from an exhibit at Fairfax House that runs through December 31st:

*Music: a reminder about the Jane Austen Music Transcripts by Gillian Dooley:

 – and see this Regency Musical Timeline blog: – no longer updated it seems, but a few good posts there worth looking at…


*Begin your holiday gift giving by sending all your friends this Jacquie Lawson Advent Calendar – London again! [click this link not the picture for the demo]

And for Fun! 

*Buy your own London Taxi! from London Taxi Exports – see the story at Mary Ellen Foley’s Anglo-American blog:

*And finally, How Shakespearean are you?  – visit the Oxford Words blog to find out:  

So, I couldn’t resist typing in: 

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.


Your English is 96 percent Shakespearean.

You ARE William Shakespeare!

No surprise there!

Copyright @2011 Deb Barnum of Jane Austen in Vermont 

A Web Round-up ~ All Things Austen [and a little bit of Bronte]

Since I am flunking blogging this week, I will just share some links that I have seen or heard about in the past week  “all things Austen” of course with a few others thrown in for interest:

An article at by Laura Miller:  The battle for Jane Austen: Great novelist, chick-lit pioneer, vampire. Will the real Miss Austen please stand up?  [are YOU sick of zombies and sea-monsters and vampires?] [and thanks to Ellen M for the link]

Penguin Classics On Air has  interviews with Sheila Kohler, author of Becoming Jane Eyre, and the Austen scholar Juliette Wells, who speaks on the Brontes, their contribution to literature, and her love of teaching the writings of the Victorian era.

Visit the Austenonly blog and scroll down through the almost daily posting on Emma in celebration of the new Masterpiece Classic’s BBC Emma to be shown FINALLY in the US starting tomorrow night [Sunday January 24, 2010] and then see of course…

 The Masterpiece Classic Emma site which offers previews, reviews, background story, cast bios, and online viewings of the film [which will debut Monday the 25th].  Masterpiece will also be hosting a wild and crazy “Twitter Party” on Sunday night during the show- click here for more information on how to participate [reason enough to finally register yourself on Twitter and join the “tweeting” world at last!]

JASNA-NY co-sponsored the Morgan Library Masterpiece Emma event this past Wednesday night.  There are three videos from this evening’s events now on YouTube for your viewing pleasure [with thanks to Janeite Kerri from JASNA-NY for the tip and links!]:

the Morgan Library curators Declan Kiely and Clara Drummond on Austen’s letters in the exhibition:

and Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of Masterpiece Classic on Emma:


And Alessandra Stanley at the New York Times weighs in on this latest Emma – see her review “It’s Still Mostly Sunny at Hartfield”.

[Posted by Deb]

All Things Austen ~ a Web Round-up!

I have been out-of-town, visiting the Big Apple and the Austen exhibit at the Morgan Library – this was fabulous! –  I will report on it in a later post, but for now, there is much to make note of in the ever-busy world of Jane Austen, so will summarize as best I can – you will see that we all have our reading cut out for us!

JASNA has published its new edition of Persuasions On-Line  [Volume 30, No. 1 Winter 2009] – and note that JASNA-Vermont’s own Kelly McDonald has a published article – see this highlighted below!

 Table of Contents: from the 2009 AGM on Jane Austen’s Brothers and Sisters 


 And remember to renew your JASNA membership if you have not already done so.  JASNA is now accepting membership registrations and donations via PayPal, so this is a fine time to give a gift membership to any of your Austen-loving friends!


News from Tim Bullamore, the editor Jane Austen’s Regency World:  the January/February 2010 (No 43) edition of is published today and features the following:

  •  Sex and the city: Dan Cruickshank explains how London was built on the wages of sin
  • Comparing Jane Austen with Iris Murdoch. Dr Gillian Dooley examines similar traits in Austen’s Mansfield Park and Murdoch’s A Fairly Honourable Defeat
  • Jane’s civil rogue. Maggie Lane, consultant editor of JARW, discusses John Murray, Jane’s publisher
  • When the bubble burst: the devastation caused by the South Sea Bubble, by Joanna Brown
  • Three Creole Ladies. Paul Bethel on Empress Josephon, Fanny Nisbet and Jane Leigh Perrot
  • Prince of Prints. Inside Ackermann’s Repository of the Arts, by Sue Wilkes
  • Queen of Science, The tale of Mary Somerville, by Nelly Morrison

NEW for this issue is our Austen Quiz: test your knowledge of Jane Austen 

Plus: book reviews, My Jane Austen (Sandy Welch, who adapted Emma for the BBC) and news from JAS and JASNA [note that Elaine Bander, President of JASNA-Canada, has written an article on the Jane Austen House Tour of 2009] 

There is also the chance to win a Jane Austen audiobook set from Naxos (worth £199) 

Coming up in March/April 2010: a music special: what was on Jane Austen’s iPod, PLUS a FREE CD with every copy, featuring music from Bath in Jane Austen’s time. 

For more information or to subscribe [which you must do!], please visit:


The Chawton House Library‘s latest issue of The Female Spectator just showed up in my mailbox [Vol. 13, No. 4, Autumn 2009] with three fine articles:

  • “Charlotte Lennox’s ‘Spirited and Natural’ Marketing Strategy” by Susan Carlisle, about Lennox’s novel Henrietta (1758) and her adaptation of it into her play The Sister (1769)
  • “The History of the Novel as Glimpsed through Chawton’s Manuscripts,” by Emily C. Friedman
  • “Making Our Literary Mothers: The Case of Delarivier Manley,” by Victoria Joule

You too can receive this newsletter by becoming a Friend of the Library – for more information, visit the website here.


The Jane Austen Centre in Bath has just published its December newsletter, and it too is filled with Austen and holiday goodies:  go to this link to sign up for this free monthly e-newsletter; appended below are links to some of the December issue contents:


In celebration of Jane Austen’s 234th birthday, Cambridge University Press is pleased to offer a 20% discount* on their most recent Austen scholarship.  Search the site for the following titles:

1. Letters of Jane Austen 2 Volume Set from the Cambridge Library Collection – Literary Studies
2. Jane Austen and the Enlightenment, by Peter Knox-Shaw
3. The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen 9 volume HB set [just in case you have an extra $900. lying around…]

Enter Discount Code MW09AUSTEN to receive your discount!
*Offer expires January 1st 2010


Masterpiece Theater: the new three-part Emma will be broadcast FINALLY in the US on January 24 – February 7.  Click here for the latest information and to view the trailer.  Masterpiece also offers the Austen addict a fun piece of selecting which of the PBS “Men of Austen” you would select for a mate – each has a full description of their best qualities and their “turnoffs” – take a look and choose – I will not tell the results, but you can rest assured that John Thorpe has come in last in this selection process!

[oh goodness! – who to choose, who to choose…]


I’ll have more on the Morgan exhibit, but here is a short video of “Fran Lebowitz: Reflections on Austen,” part of the 16 minute “Divine Jane” video presentation that accompanies the exhibit.  The Harriet Walter [a.k.a. Fanny Dashwood] piece is also now available online.

 Stay tuned ~ more to come on the Morgan exhibit…

[Posted by Deb]

Some Austen Adventures befitting a Heroine ~

If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad….  

 [Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey]

The holidays and Jane Austen’s birthday! – lots going on – so I offer you a sampling of what’s happening in the New England area [to include New York and New Jersey!], starting with JASNA-Vermont’s very own Annual Birthday Tea next Sunday:

6 December 2009: 2-5 pm

Annual Jane Austen Birthday Tea!

Prof. Philip Baruth * (University of Vermont)
“Badly Done Indeed: In Which Austen’s Mr. Knightley is Revealed to be a Whimsical and Emotional Teen Basket-Case”

Featuring ~

~ English Afternoon Tea ~
~ Classical Harpist Rebecca Kauffman **~
~ Gift Emporium with Local Artisan Crafts & Austen related Books ~

Place: Champlain College, Hauke Family Campus Center (375 Maple St.), Burlington 
$15./ person / $5. / student
Please register by sending in the JASNA December 2009 dec tea reserve form or leave a comment below

JASNA December 2009 flyer– please let your friends know / post this in your place of work or anywhere else to encourage attendance!

Philip Baruth

Philip Baruth is a Professor of English at the University of Vermont specializing in eighteenth-century British literature.  He is also a novelist and an award-winning commentator for Vermont Public Radio.  His most recent novel, The Brothers Boswell (Soho, 2009), is a literary thriller set in eighteenth-century London.  It follows James Boswell and Samuel Johnson as they are stalked about the city by Boswell’s jealous and mad younger brother, John.  And just recently, Philip stopped writing commentary in order to run for the State Senate from Chittenden County.  His campaign website is; his blog is Vermont Daily Briefing.

**We are honored to have Rebecca Kauffman join us for this year’s Tea! She is currently principal harpist for the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg, PA, a position she has held for 29 years. She is also the second harpist with the Reading Symphony Orchestra, Reading, PA, and the former principal harpist with the Lancaster and York Symphony Orchestras, both in Pennsylvania. Rebecca has appeared as the featured soloist on numerous occasions with the Harrisburg and York Symphonies, the Millersville University-Community Orchestra, the Hershey Symphony, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra in Ithaca, NY, and the Lancaster Chamber Ensemble. She has also performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Kennett Square Orchestra, Vermont Symphony Orchestra and the Binghamton NY Philharmonic. She has appeared in concert with a wide variety of concert artists.   For more information, please visit her website at


Coming in January to Hyde Park, Vermont:

Jane Austen Weekends
The Governor’s House in Hyde Park

100 Main Street
Hyde Park, Vermont 

Friday – Sunday, January 8 – 10, 2010 
Pride and Prejudice
Friday evening talk: The Naive Art of Georgiana Darcy
with Kelly McDonald

Friday – Sunday, January 29 – 31, 2010
Sense and Sensibility
Friday evening talk: Making Sense of the Regency World
with Suzanne Boden & Deb Barnum

Visit the wesbite for more information at One Hundred


Now for goings-on everywhere else:


Jane Austen Society of North America- Massachusetts Region
Sunday, Dec. 13th, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Wheelock College, Brookline Campus
43 Hawes Street, Brookline, Mass.

 Celebrating Jane Austen’s Birthday 
Join us as we celebrate the birthday of “our Jane”!
We will enjoy light refreshments, including a birthday toast, and entertainment by the JASNA Massachusetts Players.  

Cost is $20 per person ($15 for JASNA Massachusetts members*). Please R.S.V.P. by Tuesday, December 8th  

Wheelock College’s Brookline campus is easily accessible. By subway, take the Green “C” line to Hawes Street or Green “D” line to Longwood. See reverse for driving directions. Additional driving and subway info:


Gore Place, in Waltham, MA, announces its Annual Holiday Tea and Tour with a special theme The Art of Romance in the Austen Era on Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12 and 19. Seatings are at 1 and 3pm. Admission is $40/pp tour included. For details, please visit their website at:

December 4, 5, 11, 12 & 19Seatings at 1 & 3pm$40 per person, $35 Gore Place members.
Advanced tickets required, call: (781) 894-2798includes special themed tour
The Art of Romance in the Austen Era  Join us for our annual
Holiday Tea
a wonderful way to ring in the season! Enjoy a traditional English tea of scones, savory tea sandwiches and assorted sweets all served in the Great Hall and Withdrawing Room of the beautiful 1806 Governor Gore Mansion. After your tea, enjoy a special tour entitled:
The Art of Romance in the Austen EraLed by a guide in period dress, you will view sumptuous rooms and hear tales of romance in Austen’s time. The tour is included in your Holiday Tea & Tour admission.Tickets must be purchased at least one week in advance.
To purchase tickets, please call (781) 894-2798. Group rates available.
52 Gore Street
Waltham Massachusetts 02453-6866
voice: (781) 894-2798 • fax: (781) 894-5745 • E-mail:
copyright 1999-2009 Gore Place Society
Gore Place is an historic house of the Federal period.


NEW YORK:  JASNA-New York Metropolitan Region 

[Please note that this event is sold out – to be put on a waiting list, please go to their website at for information]

Birthday Regional Meeting Saturday December 5, 2009  2:00 p.m.
At the Midtown Executive Club
40 West 45th Street, NYC 

Dr. Cheryl Kinney will explore the treatment of women’s illnesses in Regency England, including childbirth, infectious disease, and venereal disease.  We will learn who provided health care in the early 1800s in England and the treatments available.  Dr. Kinney will also discuss sickness and health in Austen’s novels.


JASNA-NY is fortunate to have The Morgan Library & Museum right in their midst! 

The JASNA-NY Metro Region has a number of special events coming up in conjunction with the Jane Austen exhibit at the Morgan. The Region has been working with the Morgan education department to develop some of these programs (see below for details). [In case you have been living in a bubble for the past few months, visit the Morgan Library & Museum website for information on this exhibit!] 

In addition, JASNA-NY is co-sponsoring two events: A preview of the new Masterpiece Classic’s Emma and a panel discussion “From Gothic to Graphic”  [see below]

All programs will be held at The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street, NYC 

For tickets to the public programs: visit  for online ticketing.

And if you are unable to trek to NYC, you can see portions of the exhibit online here!


At the Morgan:  A Woman’s Wit:  Jane Austen’s Life & Legacy
November 6, 2009 – March 14, 2010

Public Programs: you must register with The Morgan directly

Gallery Talks: 

Friday, February 26, 7 pm
A Woman’s Wit: Jane Austen’s Life and Legacy
Clara Drummond, Assistant Curator, Literary and Historical Manuscripts, The Morgan Library & Museum 

Lectures and Discussions:

 1.  A preview of MASTERPIECE Classic’s Emma with Rebecca Eaton

January 20, 2010 [Wednesday]  6:30 PM* 

Join MASTERPIECE executive producer Rebecca Eaton for a sneak preview of scenes from the new four-hour adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma, starring Romola Garai, Jonny Lee Miller, and Michael Gambon. Emma will be broadcast on three Sundays beginning January 24, 2010 on PBS/Thirteen ( This event is cosponsored by the Jane Austen Society of North America, New York (JASNA-NY). 

Tickets: Tickets are free. For advance reservations call 212.685.0008, ext. 560, or email

2.  From Gothic to Graphic: Adapting Jane Austen Novels

January 26, 2010 [Tuesday] 6:30 PM* 

Jane Austen’s works continue to inspire new generations of writers working in popular literary genres. In a lively presentation, authors of recently published books discuss their unique twist on Austen with Juliette Wells, Manhattanville College. Participants include Ben Winters and Jason Rekulak (Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters), Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino-Bradway (Lady Vernon and Her Daughter), and Nancy Butler (Pride and Prejudice graphic novel).  This program is cosponsored by the Jane Austen Society of North America, New York ( JASNA-NY).

Tickets: $15 for Non-Members; $10 for Morgan and JASNA-NY Members

 *The exhibition A Woman’s Wit: Jane Austen’s Life and Legacy will be open at 5:30 pm especially for program attendees.

 3.  Reading Jane Austen, with Patrice Hannon 

Wednesday, January 27, 3-4:30 pm: Pride and Prejudice
Wednesday, February 10, 3-4:30 pm: Emma
Wednesday, February 24, 3-4:30 pm: Persuasion 

Patrice Hannon, author of Dear Jane Austen: A Heroine’s Guide to Life and Love and 101 Things You Didn’t Know About Jane Austen, leads a reading group on three of Austen’s most beloved novels. The group will closely examine the texts of Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Persuasion, paying particular attention to matters of style.  Sessions will take place in the historic family rooms of the nineteenth-century Morgan House. The group will be reading from the Penguin Classics edition of the novels. Light refreshments will be provided. Advance tickets are recommended as space is limited.  Patrice is also a JASNA-NY member. 

Tickets (3 sessions): $45 for Non-Members; $35 for Members


1.  Jane Austen on Screen:

To coincide with the exhibition A Woman’s Wit: Jane Austen’s Life and Legacy, the Morgan is screening two acclaimed cinematic adaptations of Austen’s literary masterpieces. 

Sunday, January 24, 2 pm  Pride and Prejudice  
(1940, 118 minutes)
Director: Robert Z. Leonard
All the wit and wisdom of Jane Austen’s popular comedy of manners is vibrantly brought to life in this classic film adaptation starring Greer Garson as the spirited Elizabeth Bennet and Laurence Olivier as the arrogant and dashing Mr. Darcy.

 Friday, February 12, 7 pm  Sense and Sensibility
(1995, 135 minutes)
Director: Ang Lee
Emma Thompson received an Academy Award for the screenplay of Ang Lee’s feature adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel about two sisters-pragmatic, ironic, Elinor (Thompson) and passionate, willful Marianne (Kate Winslet)-and their struggle to find romantic happiness in a society obsessed with financial and social stature.  Hugh Grant (Edward Ferrars), Alan Rickman (Col. Christopher Brandon), and Greg Wise (John Willoughby) round out the superb cast. 

Films are free with museum admission. Tickets are available at the Admission Desk on the day of the screening. Advance reservations for Morgan Members only: 212.685.0008, ext. 560, or

 Music and Dance: 

Friday, March 12, 7-8:30 pm   Dancing with Darcy

To celebrate the final weekend of A Woman’s Wit: Jane Austen’s Life and Legacy travel back to Regency England for an evening of period music and dancing in the Morgan’s elegant Gilbert Court. Join Beverly Francis and Country Dance * New York for an English country dance demonstration, audience participation, and live music.  Free.

Family Programs: 

1.  Sunday, December 6, 2-5 pm   Winter Family Day Celebration
Join us for our annual family day celebrating the exhibitions A Woman’s Wit: Jane Austen’s Life and Legacyand Charles Dickens’s Christmas Carol. Travel back to the days of the English Regency with art workshops that will bring Jane Austen’s fashion sense to life. Then move on to Victorian London to meet Charles Dickens and his famous characters through the original play Goblins, Ghosts, and Geezers: The Making of Scrooge*, improvisational skits, and other activities.  Marianna Loosemore will be reading “My Beautiful Cassandra” while Nili and Jerry will be talking to children about life in J.A.’s time.

For a complete schedule, visit All events are included with admission to the Morgan.

*There will be two performances of Goblins, Ghosts, and Geezers: The Making of Scrooge at 2:30 pm and 4 pm. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the program.

 2.  Saturday, February 6, 2-4 pm  Paper Dolls at the Ball: Jane’s Fashion for Kids 

To coincide with A Woman’s Wit: Jane Austen’s Life and Legacy educator Deborah Lutz leads a workshop that begins with a short tour of the exhibition that features a series of humoristic prints illustrating the extravagances of fashionable ladies and gentlemen of Austen’s time. Children will design evening costumes for women or men using paper doll templates, a wide variety of quality decorative papers, and colorful trimmings. Appropriate for ages 6-12. 

Tickets: Adults: $6 for Non-Members; $4 for Members; children: $2


And finally, also note that the Morgan currently has the following noteworthy exhibits that will be closing in early January:  

1.  William Blake’s World: “A New Heaven Is Begun”
September 11, 2009, through January 3, 2010
Drawn from the Morgan’s extensive holdings of works by William Blake (1757–1827), this exhibition is the museum’s first more than twenty years devoted to the breadth of his literary accomplishments and artistic influence.  See online exhibition

 2.  Rococo and Revolution: Eighteenth-Century French Drawings
October 2, 2009, through January 3, 2010
Rococo and Revolution: Eighteenth-Century French Drawings features more than eighty exceptional drawings almost exclusively from the Morgan’s renowned holdings. Artists represented in the exhibition include Antoine Watteau, Jacques-Louis David, François Boucher, and Jean-Honoré Fragonard, among others.  See selected images from the exhibition  

3.  Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol
November 20, 2009, through January 10, 2010
Dickens’s original manuscript of A Christmas Carol, on view in Mr. Morgan’s Library, serves as the centerpiece of the Morgan’s holiday programs. 


CONNECTICUT:   there are a few interesting exhibits at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven of interest to fans of Jane Austen: [see the Center’s website for more information] 

Mrs. Delany and her Circle
24 SEPTEMBER, 2009 — 3 JANUARY, 2010  

This exhibition will explore the life, world and work of Mary Delany, née Mary Granville (1700 – 1788). Though best known for her almost one thousand botanical “paper mosaics” now housed in the British Museum, which she began at the age of 72, Mrs. Delany used her craft activities to cement bonds of friendship and negotiate complex, interlinked social networks throughout a long life passed in artistic, aristocratic, and court circles in Georgian England and Ireland. 

Through landscape drawings, paper cuts and collages, textiles, and manuscript materials, the exhibition will show the range and variety of Mrs. Delany’s art. Among her most extraordinary efforts was a court dress embroidered with a cascade of naturalistic flowers, which united her interests in floriculture and fashion. Parts of this dress have recently been rediscovered and will form the center of a reconstruction of Mrs. Delany’s world. Her art work will be shown in the context of natural history, which informed and underpinned her productions. Shells, corals, botanical drawings, and publications related to the collections of the 2nd Duchess of Portland, with whom Mrs. Delany lived and worked alongside, will also form part of the exhibition, allowing viewers to reattach the vital threads connecting female accomplishment and the pursuit of science in the eighteenth century. 

Mrs. Delany and Her Circle has been co-organized by the Yale Center for British Art and Sir John Soane’s Museum. It will be accompanied by a major publication that will serve as an exhibition catalogue, and will contain essays addressing many aspects of Mrs. Delany’s life, craftwork, and letters in the wider context of eighteenth-century culture.  [The Center is the only U.S. venue for this exhibition.]

Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill
15 OCTOBER, 2009 — 3 JANUARY, 2010  

Horace Walpole (1717 – 1797) was the youngest son of Robert Walpole, first earl of Orford and prime minister under both George I and George II. Horace’s birthright placed him at the center of society and politics, and of literary, aesthetic, and intellectual circles. His brilliant letters and other writings have made him the best-known commentator on social, political, and cultural life in eighteenth-century England. In his own day, he was most famous for his personal collections, which were displayed at Strawberry Hill, his pioneering Gothic-revival house on the banks of the Thames at Twickenham, outside London, and through which he constructed narratives of English art and history. 

This groundbreaking exhibition seeks to evoke the breadth and importance of Walpole’s collections at Strawberry Hill by reassembling an astonishing variety of his objects, including rare books and manuscripts, antiquities, paintings, prints and drawings, furniture, ceramics, arms and armor, and curiosities. These will be drawn from international public and private collections as well as those of the Center and Yale’s Lewis Walpole Library in Farmington, Connecticut. 

Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill has been organized by the Center, The Lewis Walpole Library, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with contributions by an array of distinguished international scholars.   [The Center is the only U.S. venue. The exhibition has been generously supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. ]


NEW JERSEY:  JASNA-Central NJ Chapter 

Please join JASNA Central New Jersey for a birthday toast to Jane Austen at the Cranbury Inn, 21 South Main Street, Cranbury, New Jersey on Saturday, December 5, 2009 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Celebrate Austen’s 234th birthday, plan and discuss the year’s upcoming programs, and share our love of all things Austen. Should you be so inclined, please feel free to bring a short reading selection of your choice to get us all in the spirit.  [ See their website for more information.] 

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Happy adventures one and all!

[Posted by Deb]

If you can wait until November ~

This is a tad ahead of schedule, but Mark your Calendars! 

The Pierpont Morgan Library in New York City will be hosting a Jane Austen exhibit to begin in November 2009:

Jane Austen
November 2009 through March 2010


 Jane Austen, Lady Susan, autograph manuscript, written ca. 1793–94 and transcribed in fair copy soon after 1805. The Morgan Library & Museum, Purchased in 1947; MA 1226.






This exhibition explores the life, work, and legacy of Jane Austen (1775–1817), regarded as one of the greatest novelists in the English language. During the past two decades, numerous successful motion picture and television adaptations of Austen’s novels have led to a resurgence of interest in Austen’s life and work. This show provides a close-up portrait of Austen, achieving tangible intimacy primarily through the presentation of her autograph manuscripts and personal letters which the Morgan has not exhibited in a generation.

The Morgan’s collection of Austen’s autograph manuscripts and letters is the largest of any institution in the world, and includes the darkly satiric Lady Susan, the only surviving manuscript of any of Austen’s novels. The exhibition will also include first and early illustrated editions of Jane Austen’s novels and letters, as well as contemporary drawings and prints depicting people, places, and events of significance in Austen’s life.

Responding to the revival of interest in Austen’s life and work, the exhibition provides a deeper insight into Austen’s essentially enigmatic character and personality, the craft of writing, and the historical context in which she lived and wrote. The exhibition will explore not only Austen’s personal reading, and the literary influences that inspired and informed her work, but also the response to Austen by later writers as diverse as Scott, Bronte, Nabokov, Twain, Chesterton, and Auden.

[From the Morgan Library website]