What Austen Did Best

Kevin’s blog post below about J. R. R. Tolkien referred to what he did better than anyone else: world building. He created a land that felt large and ancient and alive. This artistic skill, along with many others, has made Tolkien’s work endure and flourish. And it caused me to ponder the same question about […]

Sense and Sensibility Bicentenary

October 2011 will mark the bicentenary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. This is why My Jane Austen Book Club wants to dedicate a special space to the celebration and discussion of Austen’s first achievement as a published writer. I have invited some expert Janeites to contribute to the discussion and they […]

Austen Experience: Sense and Sensibility

I’m not entirely sure why, but Sense and Sensibility has been on my mind in recent days. I’ve been pondering the connections between Marianne and Elinor in Austen’s novel and Maria and Charlotte in my novel. Marianne and Maria represent sensibility; they are overt with their feelings even to the point of writing audacious letters […]

Austen Experience: Sense and Sensibility Read Aloud

Joseph Fiennes from Shakespeare in Love. Wednesday is here, and I think it’s time for another Austen Experience. I’ve chosen another selection of Austen’s works read aloud. This time, it’s my favorite scene from Sense and Sensibility read by Joseph Fiennes from Shakespeare in Love. I found this pairing of book and reader ideal because I’ve […]