— 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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March 10, 2017

But I still love this goofy version...



Quite a number of people in this country have an impression that Jane Austen was an early Victorian -- a contemporary of the Bronte sisters. The motion pictures, which have recently shown us Jane Eyre, Catherine Earnshaw and Elizabeth Bennet, all in identical crinolines, must bear some of the blame for this; but not all of it. A vagueness about her date and period exists among people who should know better -- people who have read and admired her books. They know that she was pre-Victorian; the first swallow of a new summer. Actually, in so far as she belonged to any period, she was Georgian. The Victorians did not care for her; she belonged to an age from which they had too recently escaped.

from Jane Austen, by Margaret Kennedy {1950)

... and given the author and the subject matter, I have a feeling, though only on page 1, that I'm also going to love this little treat of a book. :)


Jane Austen, by Margaret Kennedy
Arthur Baker Ltd., 1950
Borrowed from the Boston Athenaeum



4 comments:

Lisa said...

I know Claire does! As much as I love Greer Garson, I've never been able to watch that version of Pride and Prejudice.

Audrey said...

I had seen it two or three times before I realized that the costumes were totally wrong. :)

Claire (The Captive Reader) said...

I'm sure you're going to enjoy it! Kennedy is very keen on Mansfield Park and really made me reconsider my feelings about it. She didn't convert me into a lover of Fanny Price but I definitely see more of her virtues now.

Audrey said...

I do! I was literally just noting down MK's line about how M.P. is Austen's greatest work of art, but that people don't like it as much because they don't want novels to be great works of art. :)

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