The JA Book Club had a lively discussion last month about "Northanger Abbey," Austen's parody of the Gothic novel, a popular book form of the day. One new member had even read "The Mysteries of Udolpho," a book wildly popular then and quoted in NA, but unread by even most Austen fans. We applauded her initiative, and since I tried to finish it myself, her perserverence.
Our June meeting is June 8th, at our summer hours of 5:00 - 7:00 in the McIntyre Room in the Carnegie Building, 244 W. Michigan Ave. It's movie month, so we will be watching the newest adaptation of Northanger Abbey, starring Felicity Jones and JJ Feild as DA MAN himself, Henry Tilney. As Henry says in the novel, "Perhaps after all it is possible to read too many novels." So every other month, we watch the movie adaptation of the novel discussed the month before. The script of NA was adapted by Andrew Davies, who is famous for his sprightly redos of such Austen classics as "Pride & Prejudice," "Sense & Sensibility," and "Emma." The links in the previous sentence take you to interviews with the always entertaining Davies. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did.
If you enjoy "our Jane" you might want to check some other links. The Republic of Pemberley is one of my favorites, as is Austen.com, The Derbyshire Writers Guild and many, many others. in fact, Google show over 6 million references to Jane on the web! It's possible she's more popular now that at any time since she died almost 200 years ago. Join us next Monday at 5:00 pm and find out why! If you can't join us, the movie is here at Carnegie, waiting to be checked out.
Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist whose realism, biting social commentary and masterful use of free indirect speech, burlesque and irony have earned her a place as one of the most widely read and best-loved writers in English literature.