Interesting Jane Austen News
The Wall street Journal wont let you use their URL links but just go to Google and put in
"Wall street journal jane austen" and you will find it. It is the Jan 24th one.
Or you can click on screen shots here and blow them up.
You can sit through a commercial and what this too,,,
Last edited by CoyoteChris; 03-03-2013 at 06:45 PM.
I find it fascinating that of all the British authors of prose from the first twenty years of the nineteenth century, only two have lasted--Sir Walter Scott and our Jane. (The poetry is a different story: Keats, Shelley, Byron, Wordsworth, Coleridge; some of the greatest giants of literary history.) Such a delicious irony. In those days it was considered so uncouth for women to publish that Jane released her first book under the name of "a lady." And look at her now.
Well, there's "Frankenstein"....
Also Maria Edgeworth is still good, and a few of her books in print, but not widely known, I concede.... (I like her, though.)
Of course! Frankenstein! Excellent point. And apt in several directions, because she's also affiliated with the Romantic poets through Shelley. Thanks, LRK.
Maria Edgeworth isn't well known over here. Not sure about England, but I don't remember seeing a lot of her work when I was there. Hee, hee, they haven't made a big effort to make a BBC series from her works, have they?
Well, they haven't made much effort to make BBC series of any classic work lately... (This is a general gripe of mine - nothing to do with Maria Edgeworth - though I don't think a series of "Belinda", for example, would be bad at all... ) Though we are getting, apparently, a new War and Peace...
I'm not sure why we needed yet another one, when there are so many classics left basically unexplored? And I'll keep my opinion of this quote from Andrew Davies to myself, shall I?
"Natasha Rostova just beats Lizzy Bennet as the most lovable heroine in literature.”
In defense of the BBC, I'm sure many filmmakers are just avid to work with Tolstoy's immortal characters. After all, how many versions of Pride and Prejudice are there? And versions of one of my other favorite stories, Little Women? (In addition to the movies, there is not only a musical but also an opera.)
What besides Maria Edgeworth would you want to see made into a BBC program?
I like the Bronte sisters, too...
Originally Posted by Olympia
Me too, Plushyfan! I wasn't counting them because they're later, in the Victorian era. By that time, there were a lot of British writers who were producing immortal works. I just looked it up, and Jane Eyre (my favorite Bronte book) was published in 1847. That was about ten years after Dickens' early work The Pickwick Papers had come out (in serial magazine form at first). So everything was in full swing. Thackeray's Vanity Fair was published in the 1830s also. Britain had entered the peak of its tremendous output of immortal literature.
Originally Posted by plushyfan
That's one of the amazing other things about Jane. She was an early harbinger of the great age of British literature. She didn't just follow along. It certainly doesn't make Jane greater than the Bronte sisters, but it shows that from the time Jane wrote, very little else proved to be as timeless and as enduring.
You have a lot of knowledge, I just love the novels....
I do too, both the Brontes (well, the ones I've read) and Austen. It's amazing how fresh they remain. And I love that people have made movies of so many of them. I wonder what these women, who all lived such quiet, secluded lives, would think of the worldwide circle of friends they have now.