Just thought I would share a quick article I found about a ring that belonged to Jane Austen is going for auction. I think it is great to see a personal item she had worn but it does make me wonder why a treasured item that has been passed down in the family for over 200 years is suddenly up for auction.
Last week I visited an actual bookstore. Since I started book blogging and with the closing of my nearest Borders I have found that I visit actual bookstores a lot less than I used to. One of my favorite things about visiting a book store is the great books you didn’t know existed. While perusing the children’s book selection (I am the book aunt meaning I always give a book for occasions) I found Pride and Prejudice board book. You read that right, a small child’s board book. It made me smile and I knew I had to share it will all my bookish friends. If you follow the link to Amazon you can read most of the book there. So funny!
Sourcebooks, the world’s leading publisher of Jane Austen fiction, is offering a unique deal to readers who want to celebrate Jane by reading special editions of all six of Austen’s beloved novels in a 21st century format.
Special e-book editions of Pride and Prejudice, Emma,Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion andMansfield Park will be available for free for one day only. These celebratory editions include the full novels, plus the legendary color illustrations of the Brock brothers, originally created to accompany the books in 1898.
On December 16 only, the following bestselling ebooks will be available free through our retail partners (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, etc):
Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One, by Sharon Lathan
Eliza’s Daughter, by Joan Aiken
The Darcy’s & the Bingley’s, by Marsha Altman
Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife, by Linda Berdoll
What Would Jane Austen Do?, by Laurie Brown
The Pemberley Chronicles, by Rebecca Collins
The Other Mr. Darcy, by Monica Fairview
Mr. Darcy’s Diary, by Amanda Grange
Lydia Bennet’s Story, by Jane Odiwe
Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, by Abigail Reynolds
But the party doesn’t stop there, because also for one day only, we are offering free illustrated ebook editions of all 6 of Austen’s novels. These special editions include the full novels plus the legendary color illustrations of the Brock brothers, originally created to accompany the books in 1898.
Today marks the 199th Anniversary of the publishing of Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, while this was not the first novel Jane Austen wrote, it was the first novel she published. In celebration of all the wonderful literature and films that Jane Austen has brought us, today is designated as Official Talk Like Jane Austen Day. How does one go about speaking like Jane Austen you ask? Well, first you have to get rid of all contractions. No more “don’t”, “won’t”, “can’t” or “we’ll.” For today it is “do not”, “will not”, “cannot” and “we will.” Numbers need to reordered so instead of “twenty-four”, it is now “four and twenty.”
I personally am going to add the words “tremendous” and “drat” to my vocabulary for today. If you need further help you can visit Talklikejaneausten.com.
I love Sense and Sensibility, both the novel and the movie and you can read my Books-to-Movie Review here.
Jane Austen’s manuscripts have been digitally scanned and can be viewed here. Unlike her novels, which are all print, the manuscripts are Jane’s personal writings that you can read from letters she wrote as a child to the final draft of her manuscripts. The project is the combined efforts of private collections and public libraries in England and allows readers the unique opportunity to read and compare her writings at one time.