Flashback Friday - Pugs, Jane Austen, political conspiracy and mass murder

This post was originally posted on July 19, 2010

Versailles and More's Catherine Delors shares, "Fans of Jane Austen will remember Lady Bertram in Mansfield Park sitting on her sofa with her pug by her side. “The next time Pug has a litter you shall have a puppy,” she tells her niece Fanny. Lady Bertram can think of no higher mark of her regard. Indeed pugs were great favorites for ladies of fashion in Regency England. Across the Channel, they were no less popular with Parisian élégantes. "

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Food, Fashion, and Tea - Program Review

We had a wonderful time at the program at the Cherry Hill Library yesterday.  Judith Krall-Russo presented "Food, Fashion, and Tea from Jane Austen to Queen Victoria"

There was a lovely display of tea pots and other tea accompaniments.  She had photos of typical fashions from the two time periods both men and women's fashions.  You can see closeups of the table display in our album on Facebook.

I sort of live Tweeted the event, and shared some interesting facts and tidbits that Judith shared.

You can read the full thread here on Twitter.  But here are just a few tweets from yesterday:


Book Recommendation - Among the Janeites

Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom

Title: Among the Janeites: 
A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom
Author: Deborah Yaffe
Publication Date: August 2013

Synopsis: Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom is an affectionate and entertaining non-fiction look at this quirky subculture, written by an author, Deborah Yaffe, who is both an experienced journalist and a lifelong Janeite.

In these pages, you'll meet ordinary people who just happen to be crazy about Jane Austen – among them, a Canadian speech pathologist who thinks Austen wrote about autism, a Florida lawyer who is pursuing a byzantine theory about hidden subtexts in the novels, a Texan with a closetful of Regency gowns, and a writer of Jane Austen fan fiction who found her own Mr. Darcy while reimagining Pride and Prejudice. Part memoir, part journalism, Among the Janeites is a book for anyone who’s ever fallen in love with literature.

Review:  I loved the book, and yes I'm biased because Deborah is a member of CNJ JASNA and an officer of our region, but I think I would have loved it anyway. 

We have so many new names showing up on our membership and readership of our blog and our social media pages has gone up so I wanted to take this time to repromote this book so everyone can get themselves a copy and buy copies for all your friends. (not joking...okay maybe joking a little). 

You can find Deborah blogging, on Twitter, and on Facebook.


Meet the Janeites - Irene

Name: Irene

How did you become a Janeite?  Read Pride and Prejudice in the 11th grade

Favorite Jane Austen Novel?  Emma

Favorite Character?  Emma Woodhouse

Favorite Movie Adaptation?  Sense and Sensibility

Anything else you want to share?  I read my volume of collected Jane Austen novels so many times I broke it.

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