It’s come to my attention that Mr. George Knightley of Jane Austen’s Emma fame is now authoring his own advice blog, titled Letters to Mr. Knightley! With help from colleagues and friends, he’ll be dispensing his wit and wisdom on life and love to the denizens of Highbury, the Internet, and beyond. Here’s a man I’d trust with any problem!
During the month of August, Austenprose.com is hosting a tribute to legendary Regency romance novelist Georgette Heyer. Join Laurel Ann and the gang for thirty-one days of Georgian-by-way-of-the-20th-century fun!
Laurie Viera Rigler’s wonderful Austen Addict timeswap novels have inspired a hilarious new Babelgum web series! “Sex and the Austen Girl” premiered today with the first of twenty episodes. Entitled “Meeting Men,” this series introduction features Austen Addict characters Courtney Stone (Arabella Field) and Jane Mansfield (Fay Masterson) discussing the dating differences and similarities between 1813 England and 2010 California.
How can you encourage men to call?
Jane, on 1813: “You wait! You wait and hope!”
Which is pretty much how it goes in the 21st century, too.
How do you meet men?
Courtney: “…you go to parties, you go to bars, you go to restaurants…”
Jane: “…you marry your cousin…”
I guess it worked for Fanny Price.
Anyway, here’s episode 1:
Poking fun at everything from Helen Gurley Brown’s Sex and the Single Girl to crazed 21st century Austenites, “Sex and the Austen Girl” is the funniest, most relatable chick-centric web production I’ve seen in a long time.
UPDATE: As of November, 2012, the Sharp presentation copy of Austen’s Emma is for sale…again?
The presentation copy of Emma originally gifted to Jane Austen’s good friend Anne Sharp (and likely real-life model for Mrs. Weston) garnered £325,000 – or $489,747 – in a transaction announced this week (April, 2010). Christiaan Jonkers of British-based Jonkers Rare Books purchased the copy at auction in 2008 for considerably less (£180,000/$271,294). For more discussion…
Remember, Austenprose.com is presenting a group read of Jane Austen’s unfinished Sanditon, starting tomorrow – March 15! The Ides of March! Join Laurel Ann and the gang for some fun discussion of the novel and Regency-era seaside culture.
And now I feel like I should be quoting Ovid or something on the ascention of Julius Caesar to the heavens as a star. Yay, emperor cultism.
Anyway. I’ve also got a roundup of articles pertaining to Michael Bloom’s stage adaptation of Emma, which premiered last month at the Cleveland Playhouse in Ohio. It’s running now at the Drury Theatre through March 21:
- Playbill: World Premiere of Bloomâ€™s â€˜Emmaâ€™ Begins in Cleveland
- The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Brown: Cleveland Play House’s ‘Emma’ expected to be a hit in an already successful season
- The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Brown: Cleveland Play House’s joyful ‘Emma’ easily will win your heart; a review
- The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Brown: Cleveland Play House plans its final shows at historic venue
- Cleveland Scene’s Christine Howey: The Love Doctor: Emma plies romantic first aid at the Play House
- Cleveland Jewish News’ Fran Heller: Play House’s ‘Emma’ is pure delight
- Cleveland News-Herald’s Bob Abelman: Play House’s ‘Emma’ is no plain Jane
- The San Francisco Examiner’s Kate Miller: Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’ is wittily charming
- More coverage of Michael Bloom’s Emma at The Emma Adaptations Pages
Join in the fun! Laurel Ann is hosting a Sanditon group read at Austenprose.com, March 15-21!
Hey #emma_pbs fans! Unofficial Northanger Abbey group chat on Twitter during Masterpiece Classic on Sunday! 9pm ET start… 😀 Laurie and I will be there!