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Thursday, June 18

Penguin Classics On Air Launched: First Up – Jane Austen

I must say that Penguin Group (USA) has their priorities straight. They have selected Jane Austen as the first classic author to discuss on their new online "Penguin Classics On Air." This online radio segment includes the first episode of "Why We Love Jane Austen" in three parts: 1.) an interview with Austen scholar Juliette Wells as she discusses Austenmania, what it means to be a Janeite, etiquette in Austen’s time, and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, 2.) Alan Walker, introduces listeners to Excellent Women by Barbara Pym on “Reading the Classics from A to Z,” and 3.) Stephen Morrison offers up the opening to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in his segment, “First Pages.”

Check out what Juliette Wells has to say about Janeites, and why she does not consider herself one. Whatever. Ok -- I will now do my best Jane Bennet impersonation and not pass judgment on that remark. ;-)

Penguin has an excellent selection of Jane Austen’s novels available in tradition book format and the illustrated and expanded Ebook edition that will make a certain Ebook exponents very happy. Being a book purist, I have my eye on their new edition in the queue of Pride and Prejudice due out August 25th with a very interesting new cover design by Ruben Toledo. Jane can now hit the runway in high fashion!

Cheers, Laurel Ann, Austenprose

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