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Tuesday, February 3

Thank You, Readers

Today marks a milestone of sorts - Jane Austen Today just attracted its 100th follower, which is a new feature offered by blogger (see sidebar). Thank you faithful readers, as your visits and comments make writing this blog rewarding. We started small and began the blog out of devotion to our favorite author, but it is nice to be noticed.

In that light, we would like to point your attention to former JASNA president and Jane Austen scholar, Joan Klingel Ray, who is the President's teaching scholar in the English Department at the University of Colorado. She has also discussed Jane Austen's life on A & E and other specials. Joan will answer your questions about Sense and Sensibility in Ask the Austen Expert at this Barnes & Noble book club disscusion forum until February 13th. Simply go to this link and type in your question.

Both Laurel Ann and I reviewed Joan's book, Jane Austen For Dummies, and gave it high marks.

Click here to read Vic's review, and here for Laurel Ann's.

In addition, after Sense and Sensibility has aired and after Joan has finished answering your last question, PBS Masterpiece Classic will turn its full attention to Charles Dickens for the rest of the year.

It seemed like the best of times, before it turned into the worst of times. Credit flowed like champagne on New Year's Eve, until the inevitable economic hangover. Wall Street in 2008? No, London in the 1820s in Charles Dickens' eerily prophetic novel Little Dorrit. MASTERPIECE CLASSIC presents this timely story, along with three of Dickens' other great works, on "The Tales of Charles Dickens," airing Sundays, February 15 to May 3, 2009, at 9pm ET on PBS (check local listings).

Oliver Twist
Sundays, February 15 and 22, 2009
This bold and gripping adaptation breathes new life into the much loved Charles Dickens story about the young orphan Oliver who is sent to the workhouse where children are raised on a diet of hard work and thin gruel. But we all know the story doesn't end there. Acclaimed newcomer William Miller is Oliver, character actor extraordinaire Timothy Spall (Harry Potter) is Fagin, the prince of thieves, British heartthrob Tom Hardy (Wuthering Heights) is Bill Sikes, Fagin's cruel accomplice, and Sophie Okonedo (The Secret Life of Bees) is Nancy, Bill's lover and Oliver's guardian angel.

March, David Copperfield; March - April, Little Dorrit; May - The Old Curiosity Shop.

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Vic, Jane Austen's World and Laurel Ann, Austenprose


ArtSparker said...

You might enjoy Robert Polhemus' take on "Emma" in his book comic faith, which pursues the idea that humor can be source of enlightenment.

Janeen said...

Congratulations on your fan club! ha ha I could say I knew you when... ha ha Great Post too!