— But you will be ready to say, what was your hope in doing this? — What did you look forward to? — To any thing, every thing — to time, chance, circumstances, slow effects, sudden bursts, perserverance and weariness ... Every possibility of good was before me, and the first of blessings secured ... — from Emma, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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January 2, 2016

In 2016...




From The Guardian, via Twitter, among others ...


  • February 28 is the 100th anniversary of Henry James' death
  • March 28 is the 75th anniversary of Virginia Woolf's death
  • April 10 is the 50th anniversary of Evelyn Waugh's death
  • April 21 is the bicentennial of Charlotte Bronte's birth
  • April 23 is (possibly) the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death
  • June 16 is the 100th anniversary of a gathering, and a dream, that led Mary Shelley to write Frankenstein
  • July 28 is the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter's birth
  • December 17 is the 100th anniversary of Penelope Fitzgerald's birth.


It's possible that every year has this many milestones, but this list struck me as amazing.


6 comments:

JoAnn said...

Hmm... So this means I'll post about What Maisie Knew on February 28, try To The Lighthouse again in March, read Villette in April, and something by Penelope Fitzgerald in December. Now if we can only find another Trollope anniversary ;-)

Frances said...

I like the way JoAnn is thinking! Especially with the Villette plan. Reading the new Bronte bio today is really making me want to revisit her work and I have never read Villette. I could go for a little Frankenstein fun too! Maybe that is something for me to organize? Fun post!

lyn said...

What an amazing list of anniversaries! I'll definitely be reading some Charlotte Bronte or maybe Elizabeth Gaskell's biography of Charlotte. I haven't read it for many years & it's wonderful. Lots of scope for resding plans there.

Vintage Reading said...

Darn! With Shakespeare's (possible) anniversary poor old Charlotte will get overlooked again! Interesting list.

Bellezza Mjs said...

I'm noticing lots of new books revolving around Jane Eyre; well, not lots, two: The Madwoman Upstairs and Jane Steele. Surely those are in honor of Charlotte Bronte as you point out her birthday in April here. I've accepted the review of them, but must read Jane Eyre again first. The only problem with that is how the original always overshadows any look alikes.

I would be interested in reread Frankenstein with you and France's and others this June. Love our read-alongs.

JaneGS said...

So many milestones!

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