Sunday, January 13, 2008

Jane Austen

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,
spunky woman.
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.

10 comments:

Foster Communications said...

I love Pride and Prejudice--and the recent film version, I thought, gave Austin's words justice.

Whenever anything about Jane Austin comes up in conversation my brother Michael always says "Oh I love Jane Austin." So for his birthday I gave him one of her books. He refused to take it out of the bag at the party. Too embarassed! I was like, "but Michael, everyone already knows you're gay. It's OK!"

fineartist said...

I loved Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, I'll have to check out her other stuff.

Green tea said...

Oh Jessica, I love you, you are so cool!! :D

FA..check back later, when Techy Flash checks in I will have a link..

Flash said...

Link is there, and here:

The Complete Jane Austin.

Green tea said...

Thanks Flasho.. :D

Michael Manning said...

I'm woefully behind on Jane Austin. Pride and Prejudice was something we were forced to read in junior high school and we dreaded it. I think we were too young for it then, but it's on my list now thanks to your fine post!:)

Riot Kitty said...

That's fantastic, Green Tea...I didn't read Jane Austen, believe it or not, until a couple of years ago. I immediately realized how much I had missed out and I've since read all of her books.

Did you read the newly (last few months) released novellas?

Green tea said...

Michael,
You weren't alone in Junior High, the boys in my class hated it too.


Kitty,
No I haven't read the novellas,
I'll have to check that out when I go to Book Club on Tuesday.
Thanks for the heads up..

alan said...

I started to roll a tape on this, and thought that perhaps if I'm lucky I can pick it up on DVD next year around Christmas...

I haven't read nearly enough of her, but love what I've seen, as I do the Bronte's as well!

alan

Gette said...

I am taking a Brit Authors: Austen and Bronte course this semester. Already love Bronte, enjoying Austen immensely so far.