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Sitting with Jane and Her Forgotten Peers

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In the summer of 2017, a handful of towns in England celebrated the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s death by hosting a project called Sitting with Jane.[1] Sitting with Jane is an art trail featuring twenty-four Austen-themed book-shaped benches in public spaces. While most of the benches are located in the Basingstoke area—the project’s home base—a…

Editing Jane West: A Conversation with the Editors of A Gossip’s Story (1796)

A Gossip's Story by Jane West

The three of us (Devoney Looser, Caitlin Kelly, and Melinda O’Connell) worked together to co-edit Jane West’s A Gossip’s Story, and A Legendary Tale (1796), a novel that has been described as a starting point, if not the inspiration, for Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility (1811). West’s novel, like Austen’s, centers on two sisters, one…

Maria Edgeworth’s (Deleted) Thoughts on Frances Burney’s Evelina

15 August [1783]. Maria Edgeworth to Fanny Robinson. ALS. 7 pp. HM 28589. Huntington Library, San Marino, CA. p. 2

I spent the month of June 2016 at the Huntington Library, combing through its archives for items related to my book project on revision and the eighteenth-century novel. Some of these items were the work of Maria Edgeworth, an important late eighteenth-century novelist and education writer. The Huntington has 77 letters by Edgeworth, almost all…

Romantic Outlaws (Chapters 21-30): Motherhood, Literature, and Rebellion

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Chapters 21-30 of Charlotte Gordon’s Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and her Daughter, Mary Shelley examine the relationship between authors’ biographies and their fiction, their romances, and their partnerships. While this segment of the book includes deeply intriguing criticism regarding the writing process and the ideal romantic partnership, Gordon has several disconcerting…

Unbecoming Jane Austen: Review of Austen’s Pride: A New Musical of Pride and Prejudice, Directed by Igor Goldin

Lindsie VanWinkle as Jane Austen (photo credit: Ron Heerkens Jr./broadwayworld.com)

Location: Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, Nazareth College Arts Center, Rochester, NY Event Date: July 13 – July 24, 2016 Review Date: July 21 and July 22, 2016 To the possible surprise of many readers, dramatic adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels have a long history, dating back to the 1890s and proliferating throughout the twentieth-century.…

Behn’s Badass Bibliotheque: His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik Q&A

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Welcome to our first Behn’s Badass Bibliotheque summer book group post! Alaina Pincus, general editor of ABO Public, and Shea Stuart, 18th Century and Pop Culture section editor, discuss His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik, which is the first book in her Temeraire series. The novel is a fantasy set during the Napoleonic Wars in which…

Outlander, Season 2: Review of Episodes 12 and 13

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In honor of the supersize Outlander finale, it’s a supersize review for ABOPublic. I’ll try to move briskly but we have a lot of ground (and time) to cover. While watching the final two episodes, “The Hail Mary” and “Dragonfly in Amber,” I was actually reminded of Episode 5 “Untimely Resurrection,” where Jack Randall marvels…