I was in 7th or 8th grade when I discovered Jane Austen.
We were assigned a Biography to read and then do a book report.
Sister Mary Ricarda made several suggestions,
some were the life of Saints,
but I chose Jane.
After that I began to read her books and get lost in them.
Her heroins from the late 1700's to 1800's are intelligent,
They lived in an era where unmarried woman were not looked on kindly.
Today I'm sure they would have been strong feminist's, they were leaders.
Tonight on Masterpiece, PBS, begins The Complete Jane Austin.
Rebecca Eaton, executive Producer of Masterpiece(formerly Masterpiece Theater)
said " Whoever thought Jane Austen would be event television, but it is."
First up is Persuasion, followed by Northanger Abbey on January 25th,
Mansfield Park, February 1st.
There will also be repeats of Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility,
and Emma, plus a dramatization of her life.
To me her books are like children, it is difficult to have a favorite.
My favorite book is usually the one I am reading at the time.
Tonight and over the next 3 months, I will be sitting in front of my new TV, with a cup of Green tea, living for a couple hours in another century.