- by Rebecca Smith
Bursting with useful exercises, beautiful illustrations and enlightening quotations from the classic author's novels and letters - and written by none other than Austen's five-times-great-niece - this book will teach you her methods, tips and tricks, from techniques of plotting and characterisation through to dialogue and suspense.
- by Stephen Mahony
Money is significant in Jane Austen's novels. Her characters worry about it, scheme for it, and, of course, spend it. Money is not simply a way of placing people: it propels plots, adds drama, and tells us much about an individual's nature and morals.
- by Margaret Doody
Margaret Doody is surely right to argue in her new study of the topic that Austen was minutely attentive to the naming of her characters, for names matter very much to her characters.
- by Debra White Smith
Based on Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, Northpointe Chalet focuses on the scatterbrained but independent Kathy Moore who opens a coffee shop in a small town in Colorado. When Ron and his sister, Liza, come by, Ron is attracted to Kathy. Oblivious to romance, Kathy enjoys their friendship.
by Mary Jane Hathaway
Lucy Crawford is part of a wealthy, well-respected Southern family with a long local history. But since Lucy's mother passed away, the family home, a gorgeous antebellum mansion, has fallen into disrepair and the depth of her father's debts is only starting to be understood. Selling the family home may be the only optio - until her Aunt Olympia floats the idea of using Crawford house to hold the local free medical clinic, which has just lost its space.
At each meeting our library is open to members to borrow materials until the
next meeting, with a small fee of 25 cents. To plan your reading in advance,
review the Library List.
Send an email to JASNA Calgary
to request particular books, as our library is now too large to bring all the books to each meeting.
If you cannot wait until the next meeting, try the resources of the
Calgary Public Library.
Complete Set of Persuasions
Thanks to a donation from Randie, plus our own library, JASNA Calgary now has a complete set of
the official journal of the
Jane Austen Society of North America.
The JASNA website has the
table of contents,
for each journal.
Members can make arrangements to borrow a journal by emailing
email@example.com JASNA Calgary.
Persuasions is now published more frequently through its
Once a JASNA Calgary member and scribe, author Samantha Adkins has sadly moved to B.C.
We continue to appreciate her writing of Jane Austen themed novels. She first wrote,
Expectations, a sequel to Pride and Prejudice, for her sister's birthday.
In Suspiciously Reserved, Samantha invites us to imagine Emma set in present-day Canada. On her
blog she describes why she wrote her newest novel,
Banff Springs Abbey.
New Media Jane Austen
Jane Austen's Manuscripts
If you haven't had the opportunity to see Jane Austen's manuscripts in the
British Library, the BBC offers a short
video describing her particular style.
Or, watch as a fragment of her handwriting is revealed.
Virginia Woolf's Praise for Jane Austen
admired the writing of Jane Austen for many reasons.
In A Room of One's Own,
she speaks of how difficult it was in previous times, and indeed in her own time,
for women to write outside of the male tradition.
"What genius, what integrity it must have required in face of all that criticism in the midst of that purely patriarchal society to hold fast to the thing as they saw it without shrinking. Only Jane Austen did it and Emily Bronte. It is another feather, perhaps the finest, in their caps. They wrote as women write, not as men write. Of all the thousand women who wrote novels, they alone entirely ignored the perpetual admonitions of the eternal pedagogue - write this, think that. They alone were deaf to that persistent voice, now grumbling, now patronising, now domineering, now grieved, now shocked, now angry, now avuncular, that voice which cannot let women alone, but must be at them like some too conscientous governess, adjuring them to be refined."
(A Room of One's Own,
Virginia Woolf (Penguin 1945) p.75.)
Satan and Miss Bates
Noted philosopher and scholar, CS Lewis, uses Miss Bates in Emma to help readers better understand Satan in Milton's
"Before considering the character of Milton's Satan it may be desirable to remove an ambiguity by noticing that Jane Austen's Miss Bates
could be described either as a very entertaining or a very tedious person. If we said the first, we should mean that the author's portrait of her entertains us while we read; if we said the second, we should mean that it does so by being the portrait of a person whom the other people in Emma find tedious and whose like we also should find tedious in real life. For it is a very old critical discovery that the imitation in art of unpleasing objects may be a pleasing imitation.
The Hell [Satan] carries with him is, in one sense a Hell of infinite boredom, Satan, like Miss Bates is interesting to read about; but Milton makes plain the blank uninterestingness of being Satan."
(A Preface to Paradise Lost,
CS Lewis (OUP 1942) pp.94,102.)
Contemporaries on Jane Austen/center>
Jane Austen's Family and Friends
Sir Walter Scott
Obituary for Jane Austen
The Gentleman's Magazine
of July 18, 1817 carried this announcement of Jane Austen's death.