Sunday, October 30, 2011

Talk Like Jane Austen Day

A Rather Lovely Soirée
Talk like Jane Austen Day
Event production by
Random Magic Tour
Sasha Soren (Random Magic
Oct. 30, 2011

Welcome, dear guests!

You've arrived at a rather lovely soirée in honor of Talk like Jane Austen Day.

Talk like Jane Austen Day is an annual event, but October 30, 2011 is a particularly special day, as it marks the 200th anniversary of the first printing of Sense and Sensibility (1811), Austen's first published novel.

In honor of the day, we've assembled a delightful collection of interesting features on all things Jane Austen and her times.
Silhouette from the second edition of Mansfield Park(1833?) , inscribed "l'aimable Jane" and presumed to be Jane Austen. Owned by the National Portrait Gallery, which considers it is possibly by Mrs Collins, a silhouettist who worked in Bath ca. 1800. There is no documentary evidence to confirm the identity of the sitter, but the provenance and title suggest it could be JA. (source: JASA)

And now, here is a feature on Jane Austen, for your perusal...Tea and Sweets

Jane Austen's House...a virtual tour (to turn off the music on my blog, push pause on the player toward the top of right sidebar):

Take another virtual tour at the Jane Austen's House Museum site. 

As a special gift connected to the celebration, please enjoy a complimentary download of a delightful work by Jane Austen:

About: Emma wasn't a particularly popular name during the Regency era, although the name underwent a
sudden upswing in popularity between 1800-1820.  Jane Austen published the novel, Emma, in 1815. 

The main character, Emma Woodhouse, is essentially a spoiled young person and not particularly likeable - although it can be noted that Jane Austen says herself that it was her intention to try drawing a character 'whom no one but myself will much like.'

Eventually, through the influence of friends - in particular her former governess, and the sensible and compassionate George Knightley - Emma leaves off meddling, matchmaking and other idle pursuits, and might finally be on the way to redeeming some of her earlier follies. (More

ADDITIONAL goodies available:

WIN this book at Bookie Brunch, offer open through December 15, 2011.
About: When publisher Thomas Cadell declined an unsolicited manuscript offered to him by a Hampshire clergyman in 1797, he made one of the biggest mistakes in publishing history, for the manuscript was an early version of Pride and Prejudice, and the clergyman's daughter was destined to become one of the most recognizable names in literature... (More)

WIN this book at A Rather Lovely Soirée, offer open through November 4, 2011 (GMT). Book offer by vlogger Sable Caught, play to win this book by watching a quick Jane Austen quiz and replying with your answers. (Watch video)

AND, JUST FOR FUN - find out which of Jane Austen's characters is most like you:

Emma paints Harriet as Mr. Elton looks on


Which character was I?

I am Marianne Dashwood!

You might also have a nice time at another Jane event coming up this November:

INVITATION to Pemberley Ball, Nov. 14-19, 2011
You're also invited to another charming Jane Austen event, the annual Pemberley Ball, held every November
and hosted by vvb32reads (@vvb32reads).

More information on Pemberley Ball
Pre-event reading from Pride and Prejudice: Listen
Last season: The Party Scouts | Gallery of Gowns | Dance Card 
RSVP: Reply to RSVP for this year's ball

In Conclusion...

Please feel free to browse the collection of badges below, as each one of them will feature an interesting topic related to Jane Austen and her times, and you're sure to enjoy them all.

We hope you've enjoyed Tea and Sweets. What was your favorite thing about Jane Austen's house?  Feel free to share with us in the coments. Thank you for visiting, it's been so nice to see you. Happy Talk like Jane Austen Day!

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