A quick update to let you know that another Jane Austen bag is available in my little shop, this time in pink! And while we are on the subject of Austen, I recently finished reading Searching for Jane Austenby Emily Auerbach and highly recommend it to all you Austen fans. It’s a wonderfully researched, thoughtful and well balanced look at each of Austen’s novels and her early work. I really enjoyed learning about the many references that Austen used that her contempary readers would understand but may escape the notice of a modern audience. It was also refreshing to read a book on Austen by someone who has similar opnions to my own on Austen’s life and novels. I don’t think Austen was a prude spinster who longed for marriage and thus wrote as an escape and to pen her own “happily ever after”. I read Austen, not for the romance (but I will acknowledge that I adore Mr. Knightley and Henry Tilney) but for her biting look at human nature—and she makes me laugh.
“At the bottom of Kingsdown Hill we met a gentleman in a buggy,
who, on minute examination, turned out to be Dr. Hall —
and Dr. Hall in such very deep mourning
that either his mother,his wife, or himself must be dead.”
~Jane Austen from a letter dated May 17, 1799