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A Truth Universally Acknowledged
A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Reasons Why We Can't Stop Reading Jane Austen | Susannah Carson
This book brings together 33 writers, past and present, on just what it is about Jane Austen that continues to delight, amuse, console and provoke us. Here Jay McInerny confesses to serial crushes on most of Austen's heroines, and celebrates her belief in true love. Amy Hecherling reveals how she transformed Emma into the hit romantic comedy Clueless, and Martin Amis muses on Pride and Prejudice as a divine comedy of love - and imagines a twenty-page sex scene between Lizzy and Darcy. Susanna Clarke shows how happiness depends on a good marriage in Austen's world, while Fay Weldon wonders whether the 'bad' girls in Mansfield Park have more fun. Whether discussing Austen's gift for comedy, why men and women respond to her differently, or why she would be an ideal dinner guest (although she wouldn't want to come), A Truth Universally Acknowledged shows that there is much more to Jane than ladies in empire-line dresses admiring the roses - and reminds us why we still love the author who wrote about love better than anyone else in the world.
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DebinHawaii
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Between pick & so-so but rounding it up to pick thanks to the essays by Amy Heckerling & A.S. Bryant & Ignes Sodre & because I got behind & sped read the last half & that isn‘t fair to those authors. It‘s a mixed bag of essays & many were of drier content & more academic than my attention & mood wanted this month, but I appreciate the different viewpoints & ways to look at my favorites as well as my less-loved of Austen‘s books.
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rubyslippersreads I got behind on this, but maybe I‘ll just dip into it and read the essays you and other Littens liked. #PemberLittens 4mo
DebinHawaii @rubyslippersreads I would recommend that to speeding/skimming through all of it! 😉 4mo
sprainedbrain That Amy Heckerling one was awesome! 4mo
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jenniferw88
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sprainedbrain 1. CS Lewis, Amy Heckerling, Rebecca Mead
2. Harold Bloom
3. All of them about Mansfield Park. 😬
4. Essay or story collections are always such a mixed bag for me!
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Ruthiella (1) Somerset Maugham, Amy Heckerling, A.S.Byatt & Ignes Sodre. (2) All of them that made me re-think my opinion on the text. (3) Eudora Welty - I don‘t think it actually “said” anything. (4) I liked seeing that writers and thinkers are just as passionate and opinionated as “regular” readers about Austen! (edited) 4mo
MeganAnn 1. Amy Heckerling, Rebecca Mead, CS Lewis, Virginia Wolf. 2. There were a few that made me rethink my opinions. I‘ll need to reread Emma eventually. 3. Susannah Carson‘s. And there were a few I skimmed because I just couldn‘t keep reading. 4. Not a big fan of essay collections and this reiterated that for me. 4mo
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ravenlee Overall, I felt like this was a mixed bag (like most collections. Several made me think, some really hit me the wrong way, but what stood out to me most were the various factual errors! 4mo
DebinHawaii 1) A.S. Bryant & Ignes Sodre & Amy Heckerling 💜 2) Bryant & Sodre & C. S. Lewis 3) Those that were very dry or too academic (my reading mood this month has been more light & “fluffy” 4) I sped through the last half of the book this weekend because I was behind & that bogged me down—I should have kept up! 😳 4mo
MaureenMc My faves included A.S. Byatt & Ignes Sodre (really made me rethink Mansfield Park) and V. Woolf‘s (interesting analysis of Austen‘s earlier and unpublished works). There were a couple (can‘t recall titles) that were too dry for me & difficult to get through. 4mo
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sprainedbrain
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I didn‘t love all of these essays, rolled my eyes and skim read a few, and completely disagreed with some, but overall this was a pick for me. Nonfiction essay collections in general are not my jam, but I do love to read about how people love or admire Jane Austen.

Thanks for leading us, Jenny!

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#PemberLittens

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MaureenMc
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Overall, I enjoyed this read with the #PemberLittens. I didn‘t connect with all of the essays, but there were some real gems. Many of the Mansfield Park essays gave me a new appreciation for that novel. I also really enjoyed Woolf‘s takes on Austen‘s earlier and unfinished works.

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jenniferw88
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Andrea313
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This book reinforced the reason I don't generally enjoy short stories and essays: they're too uneven! Just as I'm getting into an author's voice or point of view, the very next page brings something plodding and pedantic- qualities that some of these essays had in abundance. However, I did enjoy the reflections from Virginia Woolf, Alain de Botton, JB Priestley, and Amy Heckerling, and I'm glad to have read this and explored many views on Jane!

MaureenMc I read Virginia Woolf‘s essay today and really enjoyed it. I especially loved her analysis of Austen‘s early and unfinished works. 4mo
Andrea313 @MaureenMc Yes, it was one of my favorites of the bunch for sure! And her own writing is so vivid and beautiful, it seemed to bring Austen's writing to life again in new ways. ❤️ 4mo
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sprainedbrain My rating increased on my second. 😊 4mo
LitStephanie The first time I read it, it was OK. The second time, I hated it so much I only made it a few chapters in. The third time, I read it a chapter a day with the pemberlittens and loved it. I think what you see in it depends partly on where you are in your own life. 4mo
Ruthiella I‘ve only read it the once. But I hope to reread it and love it even more for its technical beauty as well as just loving the story. 4mo
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Cathythoughts I see the movie is on Netflix now ... I must watch it. 4mo
mollyrotondo @Cathythoughts which movie is on Netflix? 4mo
jenniferw88 @mollyrotondo the 2020 Emma 4mo
mollyrotondo @jenniferw88 hmm I couldn‘t find it on Netflix. I haven‘t seen it yet so it would be awesome if it pops up on Netflix. 4mo
jenniferw88 @mollyrotondo it might be because it's uk netflix? I don't know if that matters... 4mo
mollyrotondo @jenniferw88 yes I found on google that it came to Netflix UK. I‘m in the U.S. so no Emma on Netflix for me 😏 lol 4mo
Cathythoughts @mollyrotondo Oh dear ! I waited a long time for it to show up on Netflix here … I will watch it soon . It will come your way soon too 🤞🏻 4mo
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ravenlee
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Went ahead and finished, because I could. And I got a bingo (likely my only one this month)! I liked this book better in the past, but I don‘t think I ever read it all through before. As with most collections, some were better than others (I question the “great” writers in the subtitle), several had errors that bugged me. Still glad to have read it all. #PemberLittens #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 4mo
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ravenlee
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And again - JA‘s first published novel was Sense and Sensibility, not Pride and Prejudice. 🙄
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And how, my dear Eva Brann, can Mr, Knightley be Emma‘s brother-in-law if she has no sibling? Isn‘t that the very basis of the relationship at the heart of the book - that Mr. Knightley has watched Emma grow up from such a close distance because they are family? (Hence my main objection to Emma, actually) She might act like a spoiled only child, but she isn‘t.

Kind of tired of these “experts” getting the details wrong in these essays.

Andrea313 That part stuck out to me, too, but I rationalized it as referring to Emma's behavior- spoiled, self-assured, and seemingly in control of pretty much everyone around her, you'd never peg her as a little sister! And with Isabella living in London, she is functionally an only child. But I completely missed the P&P mistake you also posted, so yeah. Probably just some woeful fact -checking here. 4mo
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mollyrotondo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ I think 33 essays was a lot 🙈 There were too many pretentious essays that I zoned out reading. But the ones I did find very interesting were the essays written by C.S. Lewis, Donald Greene, Amy Heckerling, and A.S. Byatt & Ignes Sodre. Thank you @jenniferw88 for hosting this buddy read with the #pemberlittens !!!

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Andrea313 Good question! In terms of sheer romance only, I'd go with: 1. Persuasion 2. P&P. 3. Emma. 4. Northanger Abbey. 5. S&S. 6. Mansfield Park. But I want to hear how you'd put Persuasion LAST?!?! Above the vague timeline of the cousin-marrying ending of MP?! 4mo
MeganAnn Hmmm… I think mine would be 1. Persuasion 2 & 3. Pride & Prejudice tied with Sense & Sensibility 4. Emma 5. Northanger Abbey (my favorite but I don‘t think it‘s a particularly romantic novel) 6. Mansfield Park. 📚 Although I can tell if I find P&P romantic on its own merit or if I‘ve just read it + various adaptations and watched films so many times I‘ve romanticized it more in my head than it really is at face value 🤷‍♀️ 4mo
jenniferw88 @Andrea313 the letter does absolutely NOTHING for me. I think if we'd had more of the love story between Anne and Wentworth earlier in the novel (we see all the other couples falling in love with each other in the other 5) then I might like it better. Yes, MP is a bit cringeworthy re cousins, but JA does set it up so we expect it. 4mo
ravenlee Mine is Persuasion, P&P, S&S, Northanger Abbey, Emma, then MP. Close to, but not the same as, my order of preference. 4mo
mollyrotondo So I have to leave Persuasion out since it‘s the one I haven‘t read yet 🤦🏻‍♀️ But my order of most romantic would be P&P, Emma, S&S, Mansfield Park, and Northanger Abbey. 4mo
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sprainedbrain Haha YES. 😍😍😍 4mo
ravenlee YES! By far my favorite. That letter, oh my word. 😍😍😍 4mo
Ruthiella It‘s not my favorite of the six but I would agree it‘s the most romantic. “You pierce my soul”. ❤️ 4mo
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MaureenMc I‘m not sure. I agree it is romantic, but I think I find P&P to be more so. 😊 4mo
jenniferw88 @Ruthiella Emma's not my favourite either, but "If I loved you less I might be able to talk about it more" gets me EVERY. SINGLE. TIME! The letter in Persuasion does absolutely NOTHING for me! 4mo
MeganAnn I‘m with @Ruthiella — Persuasion isn‘t my favorite, but I definitely think it‘s the most romantic. The idea of Anne and Wentworth both holding onto this love for years even while not being together, and then the expression of love in the letter… I find it to be incredibly romantic. 4mo
Andrea313 I definitely think Persuasion is the most romantic, but I will admit, even as someone who doesn't particularly care for Emma, I love the scene when Knightley and Emma finally come together. And it's the only book where you really get to see them talking about and planning for their future, which I also love. ❤️ 4mo
mollyrotondo So I missed the Persuasion buddy read last year so I haven‘t read it yet 🙈 but out of the rest I would say P&P is the most romantic. 4mo
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This refers to Anne Elliot & Fanny Price, but what about the 1995 Sense & Sensibility scene where Elinor realises she can marry Edward Ferrars after all? Surely that's a reaction of triumph?

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Sparklemn That‘s one of my favorite movie scenes of all time. 😍 5mo
mollyrotondo Oh my gosh I love this reaction!!! It‘s incredibly tearjerking. And it is this release for Elinor to finally be surprisingly triumphant. And shows the merging of sense and sensibility in Elinor. 5mo
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sprainedbrain
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I‘ve been skipping around and not keeping up with the schedule, but I‘m fixing that today.

I think Martin Amis and I just became best friends in this paragraph about Pride & Prejudice. 😂

#PemberLittens

batsy Oh, man. Martin Amis and I on the same page? 🙃 5mo
sprainedbrain @batsy I thought it was weird, too, but he sort of lost me for the rest of the essay. 😂 5mo
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Andrea313
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I've gotten pretty behind the reading schedule for the tagged book, but I gained some ground today, including several essays on Mansfield Park, a book I genuinely love. Alain de Botton came closest to capturing the reasons why I love it ("certainly Fanny has no elegant dresses, has no money, and can't speak French- but by the end, she has been revealed as the noble one"), while Amis' essay made me want to throttle him and scream obscenities.

Ruthiella Amis‘ opinion was mine (more or less) when I first read MP. I‘ve really enjoyed, however, all these other essays in this collection which provide excellent counter arguments. If the Pemberlittens don‘t vote to read MP this year, I‘ll endeavor to re-read it on my own. I think I‘ll feel differently the 2nd time around. 🤔 5mo
Andrea313 @Ruthiella I'll be curious to see if your thoughts shift on MP! I know that Fanny isn't always easy to identify with; but I think she ultimately displays as much strength and conviction as a Lizzy or an Elinor. 5mo
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My answer: I think Edmund is probably an introvert in a family of extroverts, so got most of his manners through books, and his time at school/university training to be a vicar. Yes I realise Lady B is lazy, but she must have been extroverted when younger in order for her to catch Sir Thomas. There's also a theory that she's unwell: https://www.austenauthors.net/lady-bertram-mansfield-park-thyroid-hypothyroidism...

#PemberLittens @sprainedbrain ⬇️

ravenlee I think some of it was either a defense mechanism or a conscious decision - he saw how awful his family were to each other and didn‘t want to be the same. I remember seeing my older brother and sister making questionable choices while I was pretty young and deciding I wasn‘t going to do the same. (Nothing major! Just my brother being a jerk and my sister getting obsessed with name-brand clothes and stuff) 5mo
Ruthiella Maybe as the second son he just escaped his parents‘ notice and wasn‘t as spoiled as the others...add to this his more thoughtful nature... 5mo
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sprainedbrain Like @Ruthiella I think Edmund is just more thoughtful than his family. Some times the apple does far from the tree. Although Edmund is less thoughtful at times. 😬 5mo
mollyrotondo @sprainedbrain I agree! Edmund isn‘t always thoughtful. I actually never thought Edmund was that great. He seemed cut from the same cloth as the other siblings but I think @Ruthiella has a point that as the second son less was expected of him from his father. So he was able to fly under radar and pursue something he wanted while his brother had all the pressure and became a jerk. But Edmund always seemed clueless to me. He doesn‘t fully 5mo
mollyrotondo … pay attention to Fanny and he pants after Mary even though she has no tact and no real respect for him. To me he still fits in with his family he just has better potential to break away from it. 5mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Panpan

I finished early because I was tired of slogging through and couldn't stand spending 3 more weeks with it.

#PemberLittens discussions are so much better than these ramblings of a bunch of Lady Catherines. Our love of Jane always shines through.


LeahBergen Well, good to know that I‘ll be taking this one off my list. 🤣 5mo
tokorowilliamwallace I think I just found the kind of literary inspiration in this author of the quality of content I'd produce if I engaged in the practice of writing. What were some of these reasons we continue to return to Jane Austin? 5mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @LeahBergen it started off good but just went downhill. 5mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @tokorowilliamwallace Jane is my ultimate comfort read that I return to over and over. 5mo
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Pip2 So I have not read Mansfield Park but plan to eventually. That being said, I have read Emma, and Jane Eyre and based off those two novels, I would say that Bronte is the superior writer and is actually (to answer the second question), the writer I would choose to do any adaptation to any work of literature. If Charlotte lived a normal lifespan, nobody in the literary world could touch her, I love Dickens but didn‘t much care for his first novel. 5mo
Pip2 Pickwick Papers, and I believe she would even improve upon that, Charlottes first novel was Jane Eyre and quite honestly may be one of the best books in the 19th, 20th, and 21st century. In her time, female authors were not treated with the respect they deserved, it‘s sad to think of how many female authors we were robbed of due to masculine conceit. (edited) 5mo
Pip2 I would like to add that Thomas Hardy would render a great version as well. (I will now get off the soapbox 😁) 5mo
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sprainedbrain Love Charlotte Brontë, but I must be lacking in imagination… I don‘t think about whether a different author could have done a book better than the person who wrote it. Mansfield Park would have been an entirely different book were it written by Charlotte, I‘m sure, but I will allow that I might like Fannie more in it. ? (edited) 5mo
mollyrotondo @sprainedbrain I‘m with you! I can‘t really allow myself to think about another author doing a better job with a story or a character. That character is the original author‘s character and they had a reason for writing the character the way they wrote it. 5mo
mollyrotondo So I actually love Mansfield Park and stand by Fanny 100%. I feel like she is a very realistic young woman of lesser fortune. I have not read Jane Eyre yet (I voted for it for our next Pemberlittens Other Female Author pick lol) but I do not want to pit two women against each other 😆 I agree @jenniferw88 that C.S. Lewis‘s essay is my favorite so far and I agree completely with his thoughts on Fanny. 5mo
MeganAnn I never would have thought about whether a different author could have done a book better either @sprainedbrain . However, now that it‘s been brought up, I do rather think I‘d like Fanny much more had Charlotte Bronte written her… I love Jane Eyre. But, I also agree with Lewis that Bronte would have written a better Fanny while simultaneously ruining the rest of the characters. And it wouldn‘t have been the same novel at all. 5mo
MeganAnn As for the second question, I‘m not sure I have a specific author I‘d like to see write an Austen adaptation. But I am a fan of well written modern adaptations that take Austen‘s novels into the modern world. Sonali Dev‘s Raje family series is my current favorite. I know she‘s working on an Emma adaptation, but I really hope she continues the series with Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey adaptations as well. (edited) 5mo
ravenlee I have to admit to not liking Jane Eyre very much, so the idea of Bronte taking an Austen character doesn‘t sit right with me (besides, if Bronte wrote Fanny how would that be different from Jane Eyre?). I liked how Lewis said the character might be saved but the rest of the characters/story would be destroyed. 5mo
ravenlee I‘ve actually never read an adaptation (that I can recall, anyway), so one of the things I‘m looking forward to with #PemberLittens is trying some. I love Clueless, though, and would love to see some equally well done versions of the other novels. 5mo
Andrea313 @mollyrotondo I'm with you on loving Mansfield and Fanny, too! I wouldn't have wanted that story to be written by anyone else; I think it's one of Austen's deepest meditations and shows us a different side of her writing and thinking. I have gotten woefully behind in reading the tagged book, but I look forward to reading what Lewis has to say about one of my controversial faves. #JusticeForFanny 😉 5mo
mollyrotondo @Andrea313 #JusticeForFanny all the way!!! I‘d be interested in reading your thoughts on Lewis‘s essay!! 5mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig I'm with @Andrea313 @mollyrotondo on Mansfield Park. While it's not my favorite, it moved up my List of Austen, upon reading through older eyes. Right before PemberLittens read I stumbled upon Anthology with a story called 'What Would Austen Do?' about a teenager boy reading Austen to impress a girl and falling in love with it. He had a great perspective about Fanny. ⬇️ 5mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig "Fanny was actually a lot tougher than she seems at first. She actually had more backbone than anyone in the book. She didn‘t let herself get talked into that stupid play; she stuck to her guns, and she wasn‘t a phony." 5mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig To answer the Questions, I can imagine others writing Retellings or twists on but not writing the Original. For instance I love Stephanie Barron's Jane Austen Mysteries, in which Jane solves murders. They're well researched and fit in to Timeline of Jane's life. I would love to see what she could do with Sanditon. 5mo
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⬆️⬆️⬆️ THIS, 100% THIS ⬆️⬆️⬆️!

People need to remember that her books were PUBLISHED in the 1810s, BUT when she was WRITING the first 3 (S & S, P & P, NA) it was in the 1790s. WHY ARE THERE SOLDIERS IN MERYTON (P & P)? BECAUSE WE WERE UNDER THREAT OF BEING INVADED BY NAPOLEON!

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jenniferw88 Sorry, but quotes like this really bug me (mainly because I didn't realise this myself until my MA course!) 5mo
sprainedbrain Yes, that kind of thinking has always annoyed me… she doesn‘t talk in depth about a lot of ‘current events‘ in the novels, and honestly, why would she? Every modern day novel I read doesn‘t talk about current events either. 5mo
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mollyrotondo @sprainedbrain exactly! Most of the contemporary fiction written today talks about personal relationships or family relationships or social issues but most contemporary fiction doesn‘t include in depth story points about wars going on unless it is specifically a war story. She‘s not a history writer she‘s a fiction writer. I noticed some essays compare her to Shakespeare but she wasn‘t Shakespeare writing about kings and battles. 5mo
MeganAnn @mollyrotondo @sprainedbrain I completely agree! Austen‘s characters were not directly affected by the war in their daily lives. The response of the Bennett‘s to the soldiers in Meryton is pretty true to character for a family with a bunch of daughters at that time. Young women tittering at handsome soldiers walking about town is a more genuine response than discussing politics or war news, whether it‘s then or now. 5mo
ravenlee And even the writers who say they don‘t want to focus on Austen not mentioning the wars - make a point to mention Austen not mentioning the wars! 5mo
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#Pemberlittens @jenniferw88
When reading Kingsley Amis Essay 'What Became of Jane Austen?' my 1st thought was 'Who the 🤬 is Kingsley Amis'

Wikipedia: By his own admission and according to his biographers, Amis was a serial adulterer for much of his life. And the above is a famous picture of him. Apparently he was 'Great' British Author who was horrible person and a racist.

My response to his essay about Mansfield Park - 🖕🏻🖕🏻🖕🏻

GondorGirl 😳😳😳 5mo
mollyrotondo I thought this too. Who the heck is this guy? I tried not to give his essay a lot of thought. I read it and just moved on. What a jerk. 5mo
mollyrotondo And apparently he was an antisemite too. Uhhh I hate this guy!!!! 5mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig @mollyrotondo I'm glad I got used copy of this book because once I'm finished doubtful I will be keeping. 5mo
mollyrotondo @Crinoline_Laphroaig I got mine from the library thank goodness. I‘m glad I‘m reading it but definitely not something I need to own. 5mo
Andrea313 OMG, I just read it today and I could not agree more with your thoughts! I was so disgusted; this horrible man can definitely fuck right off. 5mo
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I think this is the truest thing I've read in this book. Our #PemberLittens discussions, even when it's something we don't like in Jane's Novels, come at it with a love of her writings.

The so called 'Serious' contributors to this book come off as pretentious Lady Catherines

One in particular in this section of the #BuddyRead annoyed me enough that it gets it own Post coming up next.

@jenniferw88

sprainedbrain So true! ❤️ 5mo
Ruthiella Totally agree! The joy we get from reading her books does not require deep analysis. 👍 5mo
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Been pretty MIA this week as work is overwhelming already & then I rolled out a new virtual leadership workshop.

This morning I splurged on brunch delivery of Mexican Street Corn 🥑 toast & an iced oatmilk dirty chai latte. Well worth it. 😋 Tried to read my section for #PemberLittens but got sidetracked, took a nap & then answered #sundaybuddyread discussion questions. Going to try to get back to it, but it‘s definitely a lazy Sunday. 😵

LeahBergen Enjoy your day! 😘 5mo
DebinHawaii @LeahBergen Thank you my friend! 🥰 5mo
kspenmoll Take a break!!! 5mo
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TheBookHippie REST!! 5mo
LeeRHarry Ok I‘m intrigued, what makes a chai latte dirty? 🤔 5mo
DebinHawaii @LeeRHarry A shot (or shots) of espresso. 😋 5mo
LeeRHarry @DebinHawaii ooh I like that 😆 5mo
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Ruthiella I particularly liked Somerset Maughm‘s rather saucy take down of all the other novels other than P&P! (Page 78 in my edition). I don‘t 100% agree but it was interesting! 5mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig Jane's niece Fanny - Lady Knatchbull 🤬.
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MeganAnn @Ruthiella I found that one interesting as well. 5mo
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I‘m hoping to re-read my least favorite Austen novel with the #Pemberlittens this year, but based on my first impressions when I read it a few years ago, I heartily agree with W. Somerset Maughm when he writes,

“In Mansfield Park the hero and heroine, Fanny and Edmund, are intolerable prigs, and all my sympathies go out to the unscrupulous, sprightly and charming Henry and Mary Crawford.” 😂

elkeOriginal I agree. Least favorite. 5mo
Ruthiella @elkeOriginal I‘m hoping with a reread that I will learn to better appreciate it! 5mo
readordierachel Ha! I felt the same. 5mo
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sprainedbrain 😂 5mo
Ruthiella @readordierachel I definitely wanted the love matches in this one to turn out differently! 😅 (edited) 5mo
quietjenn 🙌 pretty much! 5mo
Ruthiella @quietjenn Nice to know Somerset Maughm and I are not alone in our estimation! 😆 5mo
Andrea313 Ha! I'd love to re-read this one. I do hate Edmund, but in spite of it all, I love Fanny for her strength and conviction. 5mo
Ruthiella @Andrea313 I wanted Fanny, through her strength and conviction to marry someone else. 😆 Also, the first cousins angle grosses me out, though I know it was acceptable in those days. 5mo
Andrea313 @Ruthiella LOL, yes! She could have found a way better partner, and the cousins thing is so, so gross! 5mo
Cathythoughts Great looking book and picture.... I‘m looking forward to reading this one too 👍💫 5mo
BiblioLitten 😂😂 5mo
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Thanks for the tag @Andrew65 😊. I‘m hoping to make good progress in these two books this weekend. 🤞 #WeekendReading

Tamra I hope you enjoy The Sentence! For me it was the right book at the right time. 5mo
Ruthiella @Tamra I‘m about 100 pages in and liking it so far! The style is a little choppy but I like the ghost story angle and the mix of humor and bathos. 5mo
Tamra @Ruthiella yes, I loved the humor! 5mo
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LeahBergen And a Bookmarks magazine. 👍 5mo
Andrew65 Hope you have a good weekend of reading. 5mo
Ruthiella @LeahBergen You have a good eye! Yup, Bookmarks is also in my roster to read. 😁 5mo
Ruthiella @Andrew65 Thanks! You too. 😊 5mo
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This line/interpretation (for reference Henry and Catherine‘s marriage) really bothers me. I agree JA is often poking fun at Mrs Bennet, but there is a genuine affection between the two. And Mr. Bennet is not without his faults. But most of all without their marriage we would not have the Bennet sisters and our beloved Elizabeth. I do believe that JA knew that some odd matches were necessary to balance personalities. #pemberlittens

wanderinglynn I agree. I can see why a younger Mr. Bennett would‘be been interested in Mrs. Bennett. Besides, we must consider that most marriages at that time weren‘t love matches. People married for economic/social reasons, not love. But as you point out, Mr. Bennett does seem, at least at a minimum, fond of his wife. I think Lisa Kleypas captures marriage perfectly in her books—people married as a business arrangement & then found love elsewhere. 5mo
Larkken I think it depends on interpretation, and how biting one feels the satire needs to be. I adore the BBC miniseries and its interpretation of the Bennetts is def funny, but there is something about the Knightley adaptation, where it shows them with obvious affection, that grows on me ( when I'm not in the mood to be judgemental, that is!). 5mo
Verity Mr B definitely not without his faults, but I have always felt that they didn‘t know each other well enough when they married and he maybe thought he‘d got a bit carried away. Mrs B is definitely where Lydia gets it from and you can see that being exciting and fun when you‘re young, but exhausting when you live with it for decades 5mo
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My early Monday Morning Me Time with #PemberLittens & @jenniferw88 #BuddyRead.

Jane's niece Fanny - Lady Knatchbull had me ?.
But ending with this made me ?:
"Make friends with this quiet but brilliant woman, this superb artist in fiction, and you have made a friend for life."

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Vansa Oh, I absolutely LOVE Northanger Abbey,should be considered as one of the 6.I love her spirited defence of "women's fiction",and Henry Tilney is my favourite Austen hero-sweet,unassuming,and so kind. 5mo
sprainedbrain I‘m with you… it‘s definitely complete and a full novel. And it‘s wonderful!! 5mo
RaeLovesToRead Definitely with the novels 💕 5mo
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MaureenMc Yes, I agree, should be considered one of her 6 novels. 5mo
Ruthiella Novel for sure! 5mo
DebinHawaii I vote for novel without a doubt! 💜 5mo
Andrea313 Northanger absolutely deserves its place among the novels! I've heard the argument before that it lacks depth, and it makes me so mad. Just because it's lighter in tone than Persuasion or Mansfield doesn't mean it's not well-constructed. And I agree with @Vansa about the defense of women's fiction! 5mo
ravenlee It‘s definitely different, but it‘s a novel. I haven‘t read any of the juvenilia yet, but I just don‘t see how it couldn‘t be a novel. 5mo
inthegreensandblues I also disagreed with Carson's assertion that it "can't carry the burden" of being classed with her other novels. But I did find her argument about the improbability of the Catherine+Tilney pairing intriguing (and the question of whether they'd end up like Mr & Mrs Bennet). 5mo
mollyrotondo Definitely a novel and an excellent satire/tribute to the gothic novel. I also felt like this critic was missing the mark. It‘s not all supposed to be taken so seriously. Especially Catherine and Tilney. She was writing a very gothic novel couple so they don‘t have to be like Elizabeth and Darcy or Elinor and Edward. They are perfect for one another according to the “rules” of a gothic novel. It‘s a novel and a very smart one at that. 5mo
Vansa Banged out my response in a hurry yesterday,so here's a longer response to this essay.I didn't agree with even one of Carson's assertions in this essay-I'm not sure which “Janeites“ feel let down by NA,which is beloved by many.I can't agree at ALL with Carson's argument in this essay that Catherine and Henry are completely ill-matched.I would argue the opposite-this is one of the few novels where we see a relationship slowly develop(1/n) 5mo
Vansa (2/n)and the protagonists have multiple conversations,about mutual interests such as literature,life,other people's foibles.Catherine might be naive,and sheltered,but she's not an idiot-she holds her own perfectly well against the completely obnoxious John Thorpe.Carson seems to confuse kindness with stupidity,and this essay suffers from that basic flaw.FOrtunately,Henry TIlney does not suffer from that,and he clearly recognises her basic decency 5mo
Vansa (3/n)and that unlike most typical young women of the time,who were told to keep their opinions to themselves,Catherine stands up for what she believes in.I find this one of her best character sketches,so recognisable to this day-the 'frenemy' Isabella,the rich snob John THorpe,the quite avaricious General Tilney.I also thought she captured that feeling of isolation you get when you feel you're not one of the 'cool kids' really well, 5mo
Vansa (4/n)and the absolute thrill you get when someone else likes the same books as you-isn't this why we're all on Litsy?!These are such universal feelings,and I'm not sure there were books till then that showed the power and delights of sorority.Austen sends up her heroine gently,but at no point does she patronise or condescend to her-something Carson does.And a mark of just how modern this book is-Val Mcdermid's 21st century update just tweaks 5mo
Vansa (4/n)and the absolute thrill you get when someone else likes the same books as you-isn't this why we're all on Litsy?!These are such universal feelings,and I'm not sure there were books till then that showed the power and delights of sorority.Austen sends up her heroine gently,but at no point does she patronise or condescend to her-something Carson does.And a mark of just how modern this book is-Val Mcdermid's 21st century update just tweaks 5mo
Vansa (5/n)the language a bit to modernise it,it's otherwise exactly the same as the original-reflecting how truly universal Austen's writing is.As for the comparison to the Bennett marriage-completely misguided.Mr.Bennett,while he might be witty and sarcastic,isn't a nice person at all-as a father,or as a husband.Henry's affection for Catherine isn't entirely for her looks,it's also for her disposition.He knows she's naive,and also knows she'll mature. 5mo
Vansa (n/n)He's a much kinder person than Mr.Bennett,apart from sharing his wit and humour.I think among all the couples, this was my favourite pairing,since we get to see them genuinely interact and fall in love. And that ends my hundreds of comments! 5mo
MaureenMc Excellently put, @Vansa ! 👏 5mo
Vansa @MaureenMc thank you!! 5mo
Vansa @MaureenMc thank you!! 5mo
Chrissyreadit @Vansa yes- you made so many points I agree with! 5mo
Chrissyreadit @Vansa @mollyrotondo @inthegreensandblues @jenniferw88 I wonder if I can add that Carson attempts to compare Catherine with Anne Elliot and when I compare the timeline, it feels like Jane is writing how a young girl begins and grows when she allows her imagination and feelings to guide her, where Anne was limited at that age (a more common occurrence I suspect) by following culture and limiting her dreams. I wonder if JA was writing a 5mo
Chrissyreadit Free from societal restraints. Why wouldn‘t Henry fall in love with her- he has a sense of humor, he has just already learned to muffle it for his own private chuckle. 5mo
MeganAnn Finally catching up on my reading of this. I wholeheartedly agree @Vansa @Chrissyreadit 👏🏻 I hated this essay too and I think Carson misses so much taking this view of Northanger Abbey, which is one of my favorites. 5mo
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#PemberLittens
I happened to read this essay the same day as this chapter of S&S, and Watt has the wrong context for Marianne‘s response. It‘s not the horse reproof, it‘s Elinor telling Marianne she shouldn‘t have gone to Mrs. Smith‘s house with Willoughby with no companion and no proper introduction to Mrs. Smith.

ravenlee Oops - meant to specify it‘s the Ian Watt essay. 5mo
mollyrotondo Okay thanks for clarifying this because I knew this reference didn‘t sound right but I wasn‘t positive when Marianne responded to Elinor with this quote. That‘s right when she went to the house with Willoughby. 5mo
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#PemberLittens @jenniferw88 I found a wrong statement in the tagged #BuddyRead:
'... it's possible to read everything she wrote: Six completed Novels, three unfinished ones, three volumes of juvenilia...'

It's 7 Completed, 2 Uncompleted (The Watsons & Sanditon). I think writer considered Lady Susan as Uncompleted when it's actually Completed just Not Published.

Anyhow it has me planning a Yearlong Read of everything. 🤓

#ayearofjaneausten

Crinoline_Laphroaig Which I guess is small mistake, it took me a minute of Google to figure out and going to my completed Novels to find it. But these are supposedly learned people writing these essays. 5mo
jenniferw88 Well spotted! 5mo
suvata Nice catch 5mo
ravenlee There‘s also an error in the Watt essay about Elinor reproving Marianne about accepting the horse from Willoughby. Marianne‘s response is to a different reproof - Elinor‘s censure over Marianne accompanying Willoughby to Mrs. Smith‘s house without chaperone or proper acquaintance with the lady. Which I also just posted about! (edited) 5mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @ravenlee I talked about how I didn't like the pretentious of some the Essays in another post with @mollyrotondo. I think #PemberLittens could match wits with some of these 'Scholars'. 5mo
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My reserve has arrived! #pemberlittens

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Monday Morning is my time w/ this #PemberLittens Readalong hosted by @jenniferw88.

Enjoyed Chapter on obtaining Vol 2 of Juvenalia . But the rest of these are just to pretentious for my sake. Feels like 'Let me the Scholar explain things that you the reader are not smart enough to understand.'

Particularly disagreed w/ critiques of Northanger Abbey film & book. NA is satire and when you take it too seriously you miss the point. And the fun.

mollyrotondo I totally agree with you on some of the pretentious writing. As I was reading the NA and S&S essays I thought yeah us Pemberlittens discussed these same thoughts during our chapter a day reads. We know this lol. I do find the essays helpful in painting a clearer picture of the era Jane Austen was writing. I always enjoy a history lesson ☺️ 5mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @mollyrotondo I'm enjoying the history parts the best. 5mo
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Managed to get this first section of this read tonight for #Pemberlittens So far I am enjoying it & reading the different perspectives of authors on Jane Austen‘s work. Heading over to answer @jenniferw88 ‘s discussion questions before calling it a night. Weekends are much too short. 😬

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This group read for any Austenites is being hosted by @jenniferw88 . I‘m really enjoying this book- it has already given me an awareness of context and perspective I had not considered, and the essays bring me into Janes world, but from different directions. #pemberlittens

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First check-in #PemberLittens! 🤗🤗🤗

A couple of questions from what I found interesting in this week's reading. Feel free to answer them or ask your own, or share other quotes/thoughts.

@sprainedbrain @ravenlee @Bookwormjillk @MeganAnn @Amandajoy @Eyelit @kspenmoll @Kdgordon88 @mklong @Chrissyreadit @inthegreensandblues @Vansa @Ruthiella @mom2bugnbee @Andrea313 @Crinoline_Laphroaig @MaureenMc @sb3626 @Lcsmcat

jenniferw88 My answers - q1. I can see a bit of Kitty Bennet, Catherine Morland and Marianne Dashwood in me. 6mo
jenniferw88 Q2. I can't really see many of her charaacters mixing together, but maybe Miss Bates and Mrs Norris? Or Lady Bertram, Mary Musgrove and Mr Woodhouse? 6mo
sprainedbrain Great questions! My favorite thing about Austen is her way of writing such relatable, real characters. 1) as much as I‘d love to be a Lizzie, I‘m afraid I definitely see a lot of Elinor Dashwood and even Emma Woodhouse in me. A close friend of mine is very similar to Kitty Bennet and I love her for it. 😂 2) I think a lot of the characters have some traits in common, and could blend in other books. Catherine could hang with the younger Bennets! (edited) 6mo
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Chrissyreadit I am not sure what character I am most like, I think I must reread them all to consider this 🤣 6mo
Chrissyreadit I could see them all meeting up- similar to how there are crossovers in DC Comics- OMG I would love a mashup where they meet in London or Bath- can you imagine the conversation between Lady Catherine and Mrs Elton? Would Catherine and Marianne Dashwood get along, as they have grown up but had similar youthful characters? PLEASE UNIVERSE let some incredibly talented person creat this!!!! ( @sprainedbrain @jenniferw88 ) 6mo
Kdgordon88 I have never considered question one but will be thinking about it now. And I‘m with @Chrissyreadit we need crossover books now! @sprainedbrain @jenniferw88 6mo
MeganAnn 1) I very much identified with Catherine Moreland while reading Northanger Abbey. She reminds me of my younger self in high school and early college. I also see a bit of Jane Bennett in me. 2) I‘m with @Chrissyreadit and @Kdgordon88 — give me all the crossovers! I could see Elizabeth & Darcy being friends with Anne & Wentworth… even though socially that would be impossible but I think they would complement each other nicely. @sprainedbrain 6mo
MaureenMc I haven‘t read this book in years, so I can‘t completely vouch for it, but (to quote the back copy), it “intertwines the lives of the most beloved characters from all six Austen novels with new characters of the author‘s devising.” FWIW, I do remember enjoying this one. 😊 6mo
Kdgordon88 Thanks @MaureenMc There are two editions for Kindle .99 or 1.99. 😊 6mo
Chrissyreadit @sprainedbrain @MaureenMc @Kdgordon88 @jenniferw88 I feel like this would be a great buddyread for pemberlittens- I never even knew it existed 😢 6mo
sprainedbrain @MaureenMc @Chrissyreadit Adding it to the list for the next time we vote! 😉 6mo
mklong Great questions! 1) Like @sprainedbrain I wish I could say I was like Lizzie because she is my fave, but I have much more of Jane‘s temperament. And 2) I think Anne Elliott and Elinor Dashwood would be great friends! 6mo
ravenlee Hmmm…I think we‘d all like to be Elizabeth Bennett, and I‘m partial to Anne Eliot, but I have a sinking feeling I‘m more of a Mary Bennett. 😳 I think I‘d hate balls, and would prefer to read and play my pianoforte. Also, I‘d be mortified to have Kitty and Lydia as sisters. 6mo
ravenlee I do think we see similar types in several of Austen‘s works, and they‘d probably get on well together. Miss Bates, Mrs. Bennett and her two youngest, Mrs. Palmer, and probably others, seem cut from the same cloth. Then we have Isabella Thorpe, Maria Bertram, Lydia Bennett, and Mrs. Clay - but they‘d probably fight like cats if they met. 6mo
DebinHawaii @sprainedbrain @Chrissyreadit @MaureenMc I have had that one on my Kindle for ages but for some reason I have not gotten around to reading it. Love to do it with #Pemberlittens 🤗 6mo
DebinHawaii Q1) I like to think I have some of Lizzie‘s sense of humor but probably more of Elinor‘s temperament. 🤷🏻‍♀️ And @ravenlee I feel like there is some Mary in me too. Q2) I feel like Charles & Jane & Emma & Knightly would get along as couple friends. 6mo
mollyrotondo 1. Of course we all want to be Elizabeth Bennett! I also feel a bit like Marianne Dashwood sometimes and a little like Fanny Price. And definitely Mary Bennett. I‘d love to just sit home reading than go to most social events 😆 2. I think Georgiana Darcy and Jane Fairfax would get along since they are both pianists. I also think Willoughby would get along well with Wickham 🙄 And Elinor Dashwood and Jane Bennett I can also see as being friend 6mo
Bookwormjillk I work in market research and I always thought Emma would be good at it because she tries to figure out what people are thinking. I would love to read a Jane Austen mashup! 6mo
mom2bugnbee Love reading all of these! I have been described as Jane Bennet by more than one friend - I think I'm a BIT more outspoken than she, but I am definitely a rule-follower and a peacemaker, so I see where my friends are coming from. Guess that makes me kinda like Elinor Dashwood also - maybe it's the older sibling in me? ☺ 5mo
ScientistSam I'd love to be tagged for this read along please! Just got my book order! 5mo
Teresereading Oh no I can‘t believe that I forgot to start - is it too late to be added for S&S? 5mo
jenniferw88 @Teresereading I'm presuming no, but check with @BarkingMadRun ! 5mo
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Picked up some library holds today. #Pemberlittens #RIPJoanDidion

BethM My mom@had that clown on a giant poster for most of my childhood. 6mo
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This just came in the mail today, & I'm excited to dive in with other #Pemberlittens! @jenniferw88

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Excited to get started with the first essay tonight. #pemberlittens

kspenmoll My book just arrived at the library today! 6mo
sb3626 @kspenmoll nice! I have been enjoying reading an essay a day. Hope you enjoy the book! 6mo
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Opting not to do Sense and Sensibility again, but an looking forward to both #WanderingThroughWutheringHeights and exploring Austen's impact with both of these #pemberlittens reads.

Crinoline_Laphroaig I'm skipping S & S and doing these two as well. I just posted about wanting to compare Darcy/Heathcliff in my Chapter 1 post of #WanderingThroughWutheringHeights because of 6mo
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Oh the Blessed silence of an empty house. Husband who's been on vacation since Dec 23 is back to work. Nibilings left after 2nd long holiday weekends. And while I dearly love them all I'm throughly enjoying finally getting to sit down with this #PemberLittens #BuddyRead hosted by @jenniferw88.

I wish this book was available as ebook because it has so many wonderful quotes.

Intro - E.M. Forrester (Page 25 in my copy)
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Crinoline_Laphroaig "The art and passion of reading well and deeply is waning, but Austen still inspires people to become fantical readers." And "the Austen we discover in adolescence is not the same Austen we return to in later life.' Both of these are so true for me. ⬇️

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Crinoline_Laphroaig Other interesting things: How we label people a Collins, Darcy, Emma, or Miss Bates. It's movies and tv who add the Regency Paraphernalia. Jane rarely describes houses or dresses. ⬇️ 6mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig And I'm most interested in this - How was Darcy redefined as a brooding hero mentioned with Heathcliff but that‘s not how Jane or Elizabeth see him. When E thinks him arrogant she is not attracted to him. She falls inove once she sees him being good to people. She isn't secretly attracted to dark and brooding. Will be interesting to compare Darcy and Heathcliff while #WanderingThroughWutheringHeights ⬇️
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Crinoline_Laphroaig And speaking of which I'm off to listen to Chapter 1 while doing laundry. (I'm not totally slacking) 6mo
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Starting off the new year with an ambitious stack- a handful for the #PemberLittens, another #PersephonePick, and The Power Broker to kick off the #ChunksterChallenge. Plus Leroux's Phantom, just 'cuz I want to. #CurrentlyReading #WanderingThroughWutheringHeights

witchyreader13 @andrea313 - Okay, what is #PersephonePick? I tried clicking on the hashtag, but there's so many posts, I can't figure it out! Lol 6mo
Andrea313 @witchyreader13 Sorry for the confusion! #PersephonePick is not an organized thing, though I'd be delighted if folks joined in! It's a hashtag I've begun using to track my reads from Persephone Books; I try to read one per month. More on Persephone Books here: https://persephonebooks.co.uk/ 6mo
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rubyslippersreads I have that same gorgeous copy of Phantom. And #PersephonePick sounds like fun. 6mo
Andrea313 @rubyslippersreads @witchyreader13 You've both inspired me to invite others to indulge in Persephone Books this year! Maybe we can get a little community going....I'll post about it later today. ❤️ 6mo
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A reminder that @jenniferw88 and the #PemberLittens have a #BuddyRead in progress of A Truth Universally Acknowledged. See Jenny‘s original post for more information. Discussion will be on Sundays starting January 9th, and everyone is welcome!

kspenmoll I am waiting for my copy, will join in when I get it! 6mo
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On the 3rd Day of Christmas “Do not be a spoilsport and a prig, James."
#janeandthetwelvedaysaofchristmas

And our copy of A Truth Universally Acknowledged - 33 Reasons Why We Can't Stop Reading Jane Austen arrived! We're excited #PemberLittens Readalong starting January 1st. Hosted by @jenniferw88 & @sprainedbrain

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#PemberLittens! @jenniferw88 is hosting the #buddyread of this book and has come up with the above schedule so that we get it all read in the time frame.

The first and last weeks have 5 essays.

I'll be checking in every Sunday (starting on the 9th), but feel free to post thoughts, quotes etc throughout the week and tag me.

Obviously you don't have to follow the schedule if you don't want to!

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Hi #PemberLittens, I'm hosting the buddy read of this book and have come up with the above schedule so that we get it all read in the time frame.

The first and last weeks have 5 essays.

I'll be checking in every Sunday (starting on the 9th), but feel free to post thoughts, quotes etc throughout the week and tag me.

Obviously you don't have to follow the schedule if you don't want to!

@sprainedbrain can you tag the Littens interested please?

sprainedbrain Tagging everyone, as I‘m not sure who all wanted to read this one. Please let Jenny know if you‘re reading along! (I will be, @jenniferw88 ☺️) 6mo
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mklong Thank you for putting this together! I‘m definitely planning to read along 6mo
Chrissyreadit This I want to read!! I will try. 6mo
inthegreensandblues I'll be reading along! 6mo
Kdgordon88 My copy arrived yesterday. Looking forward to reading along. Thanks! 6mo
ravenlee I‘m in! 6mo
Vansa Would love to read along! 6mo
Bookwormjillk British date formation threw me off at first, but now I got it. I‘m in! 🤪🤦‍♀️🧐 6mo
Ruthiella Excellent. I have the book now from the library! 6mo
Eyelit Looking forward to this! 6mo
MeganAnn I‘ll be reading along also! My library has this one available so I should be able to get it for the 1st. 6mo
mom2bugnbee I'm in! Just ordered my copy from Thriftbooks. And @Bookwormjillk , I did the same! 😂 6mo
kspenmoll I will be looking for the book & joining in. 6mo
Andrea313 Can't wait! Thank you so much! 6mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig My book is on the way! 6mo
Amandajoy I‘m going to try! I never seem to be able to stick to buddy reads 🤷🏼‍♀️ 6mo
MaureenMc I believe my copy is in transit to my library right now. 😊 6mo
MaureenMc @Bookwormjillk I did the same thing! “Wow, 9 months to read the first section?! Oh, wait…”😆 6mo
i.besteph Sorry guys, im going to skip this one. Have fun! 6mo
sb3626 Just placed my hold at the library 6mo
jenniferw88 @LitsyEvents can you share please? 6mo
Lcsmcat This will be a reread for me, but I‘m in. Can you add me to the tag list please? 6mo
jenniferw88 @Lcsmcat yes, will do. X 6mo
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#Pemberlittens

Our democratically chosen book about Jane for January/February 2022!

I‘ve seen a couple of variations on the title and cover, but this looks fun!

Anyone interested in leading the buddy read/discussion, please speak up! I‘m off to order my copy. 😉

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jenniferw88 I'm interested in hosting this one! 7mo
sprainedbrain @jenniferw88 perfect! I‘d love for you to do that! ❤️ 7mo
jenniferw88 @sprainedbrain just ordered my copy! 7mo
ravenlee Ooh, goodie! It‘s been ages since I dipped into this one, and it‘s usually been for essay-related business. It‘ll be fun to read it without needing to find citations. 7mo
DebinHawaii Looking forward to this one! I‘ve not read it before. 7mo
Bookwormjillk Looks good! 7mo
MeganAnn This one looks interesting! Off to check my library first. 7mo
Amandajoy We‘re planning on a trip to the bookstore today. I know what I‘m looking for! 7mo
Eyelit I‘m very excited about this one! 7mo
kspenmoll This looks intriguing! New one to me! 7mo
Kdgordon88 Looks good! 7mo
katy4peas This sounds good. I‘m going to search for a copy. 😊 6mo
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@Tamra one more for you! This is less scholarly than the Cambridge, but still really good. And some of it is “real” criticism, too, in addition to more general audience essays. I used both of them in my MA work, but this one was more enjoyable.

Tamra How fun! I‘ll look this one up too. 3y
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A Pride and Prejudice reference; Litsy is soo cool!!!

When I checked the updates on my phone, look what I saw, this adorable little write-up!

GypsyKat I don‘t have an update available. Weird. 4y
Jess7 Is this a new update? 4y
CrowCAH @GypsyKat @Jess7 I saw it last night, so the two days ago was on Sunday. I have an iPhone, not sure if that makes a difference. You never know, your phone might have automatically updated, as mine did. 4y
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Dogearedcopy I think this an old update? On my iPhone it says this happened 5 months ago (see Version History) (edited) 4y
CrowCAH @Dogearedcopy hmm. My phone most likely is slow; it‘s a couple years old and is on its last life. Lol 4y
GypsyKat @CrowCAH I have an iPhone too, and it doesn‘t update automatically. Maybe it‘s just an old update? Had it been a long time since you updated? 4y
CrowCAH @GypsyKat not sure, quite possible. 4y
GypsyKat @CrowCAH That would explain it then. We definitely are due for a new update though. 😒 4y
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If you ever need a reason to pick up an Austen book (besides them being UH-MAZING!), this book offers 33 people‘s #opinions on why Austen is so popular in our modern times. I liked some essays more than others, but overall it was an enjoyable read!

#150PnPCoverParty

Librarybelle Stacked!! 4y
CrowCAH I need no reasons to read Jane Austen; she‘s always on the list! 😁 4y
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rubyslippersreads @CrowCAH I agree, but I still stacked the book. 😊 4y
emilyhaldi I know what I‘m getting @Meredith3 for her bday 😉😉😉😉 4y
AnneCecilie This looks really interesting. Stacked 4y
LeahBergen @emilyhaldi 😂😂 Are you going to keep working away at her Austen hatred? 4y
Kalalalatja @emilyhaldi @LeahBergen I‘m not sure this book will convert a non-Austen-person, but I‘m all for giving it a try! 😂😂 4y
Meredith3 @emilyhaldi @LeahBergen @Kalalalatja 😹😹😹😹😹😹😹😹😹😹😹😹😹😹😹 4y
emilyhaldi @Kalalalatja @LeahBergen I want @Meredith3 to try Pride & Prejudice before she swears off Austen forever!!! 🤞🏻😉 4y
LeahBergen @emilyhaldi Maybe give her a few years. The memory of your Jane Austen Museum visit is too fresh. 😂😂 @Meredith3 4y
Meredith3 @emilyhaldi I'll try it out just for you 😹. But seriously, if she's so awesome, why did a museum dedicated to her, suck so bad??? 😹😹😹😹😹 @LeahBergen 4y
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