'How pleasant it is to spend an evening in this way! I declare that after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.' No one made any reply. She then yawned again, threw aside her book, and cast her eyes round the room in quest of some amusement. — from Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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September 29, 2010

It's Elizabeth Gaskell's birthday!



I enjoyed watching Cranford on PBS a year or so ago (Return to Cranford is still on my DVR, saved foe a rainy day), but I fell in love with the book. It was warm, gentle, pure, neeeded comfort reading, and I could tell almost right away that it was a book I would re-read and re-read.


Today, September 29, is the two hundredth anniversary of Mrs. Gaskell's birth, and in case you haven't heard a group of talented bloggers are marking the day with a blog tour. Jane Austen in Vermont is a good place to start, with a long list of resources from books to apps. {Thank you! The Illustrated Cranford is already bookmarked on my computer, ready for whenever I need it.} I was going to turn to Edith Wharton next (when I finish with Jane Austen), but I think Mrs. G. should be the focus of my next reading project. I already know how I'll be celebrating her birthday!

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