Like many American girls, I was still in elementary school the first time I pilfered a copy of Flowers in the Attic and locked myself in a room to read it under the secrecy of covers. The story itself is scary: four children locked in an attic by a family that cares for them as little as they care for cast-off…
A first edition of Pride and Prejudice is coming up for auction and estimated to go for as much as $23,390. OK, but is that too much, or too little?
A researcher has discovered what may be the earliest purchase of a Jane Austen novel. The customer was the man who would become George IV, i.e., the Prince Regent, who was basically a character out of Jane Austen—specifically, one of the overblown, money-wasting ones who just gets ruthlessly mocked for four hundred…
Sanditon, the fragment of a novel Jane Austen was working on when she died, is being adapted into a splashy ITV costume drama—and the screenwriter will be Andrew Davies, a.k.a. the guy responsible for the 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle.
“Some are born Janeites, some achieve Janeism, and some have Janeism thrust upon them,” Ted Scheinman writes in his charming new book, Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan. For Scheinman, his temporary entry into Austen fandom was a bit of all three, done “half willingly and half accidentally.”
Here is some truly excellent news for some very specific people: Curtis Sittenfeld’s Pride and Prejudice adaptation Eligible is getting a pilot.
The producers of Poldark are taking a shot at an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, drawing out the tale’s “darker tones.”
The citizens of Basingstoke unveiled their bronze interpretation of the author on Tuesday to mark the 200th anniversary of her death. Happy Deathday, Jane Austen!
Jane Austen’s public image has undergone many a revamp since her death two centuries ago this July. Often, however, she has been seen as cozy and comfortable, a genius of the domestic.
The most poignant image of a woman on TV in recent memory is none other than Reese Witherspoon driving along the Northern California coast, her bright blue eyes—a little tired around the edges—reflected back in the rear view mirror of her car. This motif, repeated frequently in the HBO limited series Big Little Lies,…
On Sunday, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that suffragist Millicent Garrett Fawcett will be honored with a statue in London’s Parliament Square. She will be the first woman to join the ranks of those commemorated there.
Everyone gather round and let’s play that perennial favorite parlor game, What Killed This Famous Dead Person? Today, we’ll do Jane Austen!
Jane Austen gifted us all with the romantic character of Mr. Darcy, a brooding yet honorable man who is simply described as a “fine, tall person” with “handsome features, noble mien.” We were all able to fill in the blanks from there according to our preferences (coughColinFirthInAPondcough). No more.
No one knows for sure what Jane Austen looked like, but that won’t hold anyone back from erecting a statue of her for the bicentenary of her death this July.
Everybody knows somebody who’s a little too obsessed with British costume dramas.
At a certain point, you’d think there was enough Jane Austen out there, what with the books she wrote, the many movie adaptations of said books, the museum exhibitions, the clothing lines, the festivals, the souvenirs, and the quasi-spinoff novels like Austenland and The Jane Austen Book Club (which were speedily…
Starring Kate Beckinsale as the witty, manipulative dynamo Lady Susan, Love & Friendship is the latest from Whit Stillman, who directed both Last Days of Disco and Metropolitan.
Please do try to contain yourselves.
In January, Adelle Waldman wrote an excellent essay for the New Yorker’s Page Turner blog called “The Ideal Marriage, According to Novels.” In it, she notes that men and women write about marriage differently. Roth and Bellow write about mysterious attractions and breast shape; Ferrante and Austen write about the…
In honor of the February release of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Hot Topic is releasing a special clothing collection that includes lingerie. If we’ve got any mediums in the house, know that I would do almost anything to hear Jane Austen’s opinion on this.