'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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November 27, 2012

Only connect: Madame de Staël and Miss Austen



She lived in an age distinguished by its literary intimacies and exchanges; we cannot think of the so-called Romantic period without thinking of the networks of friendship among its leading writers. Jane Austen knew not a single notable author, even distantly. ... There are a couple of poignant passages in her letters where she looks forward to the possibility of meeting the poet George Crabbe -- then acknowledges that she has missed her chance of doing so. In his memoir, Henry Austen recalls a planned meeting with the French novelist and intellectual Germaine de Staël, which duly never took place.
from What Matters in Jane Austen? Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved,
by John Mullan

{We don't know if this is really a portrait of J.A. or not, but it suits my purposes. :)}


3 comments:

Lisa May said...

This book is on my Christmas list! I can't believe neither of our library systems has it.

Audrey said...

Hi, Lisa May! It's a wonderful book! I'm reading it through NetGalley, though - I think it's coming out here in January. So maybe they will?

Alex in Leeds said...

I was reading an excerpt of this in a Sunday paper a week or two ago and added it to the wishlist there and then. I love literary detective books. :)

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