If you are interested in learning even more about Jane Austen, Future Learn is offering an online course completely dedicated to Jane Austen. You will learn about who Jane Austen really was, her education and career.
The course is 3 weeks long, which isn’t going to take up too much time. It could be beneficial on many levels. It never hurts to learn more, does it?
If you want to go even further with your Jane Austen studies, you could pursue a Master’s of Arts in Jane Austen from the University of Southhampton.
Was Tom Lefroy really the love of Jane Austen’s life? Some people think that he was the model for Mr. Darcy. Others say that they were just good friends.
In the movie, “Becoming Jane,” Tom and Jane weren’t seen as being a suitable match. Neither one had money or social standing yet. Tom would eventually become a successful politician and judge in Ireland.
There may have been some flirtations in real life but the movie is probably mostly fiction. We want it to be a real story but it may have not been as dramatic as the movie. I did enjoy the movie although it’s more likely to be fiction than truth.
He married and had seven children. One of his daughters was named Jane. She could have been named after her grandmother, Lady Jane Paul, or Jane Austen. I’d like to think that the daughter was named after Jane Austen. It’s just the hopeless romantic side of me wishing for a story with true love.
I finally finished Mansfield Park. This is the third Jane Austen novel that I’ve read.
Fanny Price is one of many children. She is sent to live with a wealthy aunt and uncle, Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram. There are also four cousins: Tom, Edmund, Maria and Julia. The only one who is not a spoiled brat is Edmund.
Mrs. Norris, another aunt, is the worst person. She is always insulting Fanny and would never let her do anything that could be beneficial or fun. Thank goodness for Edmund. He always sticks up for Fanny.
After Sir Thomas leaves for Antigua, Mary and Henry Crawford arrive in town and begin socializing with the Bertram family. Henry flirts with Maria and Julia causing quite a bit of sibling rivalry.
Maria marries Mr. Rushworth and Julia accompanies the couple.
So Henry sets his sights on Fanny. He wants her to fall in love with him but she doesn’t like him at all. She has seen how he acted with Maria and Julia. Her instincts tell her to stay away from him although marrying him would increase her fortune and social standing.
Everyone is pressuring her to say yes but she refuses. When she finally considers to maybe give Henry a chance, all of the stuffing hits the fan.
I don’t want to give away the end. Let’s just say that Fanny was right all along. People underestimate Fanny because she is so quiet and reserved. In the end, things worked out for her and I was so glad.
Are you a Janeite? Do you know what it means to be a Janeite? Until recently, I had no idea there were Janeites. There are people who are superfans of Jane Austen. They love Jane Austen as much as other people love superheroes or rockstars.
According to the definition in the image above, then I would fit into the Janeite category. The definition of a Janeite according to Austen scholar Claudia Johnson is “the self-consciously idolatrous enthusiasm for ‘Jane’ and every detail relative to her.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janeite
So I was wondering the other day, “Who owns the rights to Jane Austen’s works? Who gets the proceeds?”
Jane Austen did not have children. When she was alive, she didn’t make a lot of money from her novels. Her brother, Henry, helped her to publish her novels. When his bank failed, many family members lost a lot of money. After Jane’s death, Henry named her as the author in a posthumous publication of Persuasion and Northanger Abbey.
The copyrights to her novels were owned by the publisher, Richard Bentley. However, all of Jane Austen’s works are public domain so no one owns Jane Austen anymore.
If you write a book or a movie that is somehow related to one of her novels but not her exact story, then your work is protected by copyright laws.
I’m adding a few links to articles about her descendants because I thought it was interesting.
In the Victorian era, there were so many rules regarding dating and marriage. They seem strict but as a parent of three girls, I think they are perfectly fine. I would not have thought the same when I was a teenager but maybe I should’ve had higher standards.
If anyone is a fan of dystopian novels, then let me suggest After the Green Withered by Kristin Ward. The book is set in the not too distant future. The weather has destroyed the earth and humans have used all of the natural resources. Water is in extremely short supply. So there isn’t any water to spare for gardening. There’s hardly enough water to drink. Food and water are rationed.
I don’t know about you but a world where people are punished for gardening or drinking beyond what is rationed sounds miserable. For the first quarter of the book, the main character, Enora, and her family are just trying to survive. They go to work or school and do what they are told.
At the end of Enora’s senior year, she is recruited into the Drought Mitigation Corporation or DMC, a group that is sort of a combination of an army, mercenaries, mad scientists and Big Brother. They know and see everything.
Enora is not really excited about joining the DMC but it does one good benefit. The DMC increases her family’s food and water rations.
She goes out into the field as a Pathfinder, which is like it sounds. A Pathfinder finds routes for their partners, who are called Sweepers. The Sweepers are the ones that eliminate whatever or whoever the threat or target is. Enora excels at her job but it’s not easy for her. She feels a lot of guilt about helping to get rid of the targets.
There’s a sequel to the book that I haven’t read yet. The sequel, Burden of Truth, is definitely going on the to-be-read list. I cannot wait to find out what happens in Enora’s story.
The 19th Annual Jane Austen Festival will be held in Bath, England from September 13-22, 2019. The schedule of events haven’t been finalized but there will probably be music, food and a ball. If you are attending, there’s still time to get your costume finished. Costumes are not required.
If you live in North America, you could attend the 11th Annual Jane Austen Festival in Louisville, Kentucky which is held July 12-14. There will be workshops, a children’s tea, an afternoon tea, and a grand ball. It sounds delightful.