In Which I Am Well-Mannered for Miss Austen’s Birthday — 12 Comments

  1. I love Jane Austin as well. What’s not to love? Also, I would like to read your thesis. Sense and Sensibility is my favorite Austen novel. Plus, I don’t live too far from you…we could meet for coffee and thus save the postage. Win-Win!

  2. I have a similar love affair with F. Scott Fitzgerald (although not creepy or homoerotic). Just love everything he ever put down in words. Similar amount of work, so it’s not hard to read his whole cannon…similarly he rarely strayed outside reality. Although his private life was also quite dramatic.

    I hate to say this, but I’ve never read any Austin. My wife has, obviously, and I’ve watched the movies with her (which is cheating)…Just never enjoyed the Romantic or Victorian English lit after the class where we read Vanity Fair (boo), Middlemarch (not my thing), Jude the Obscure (okay), and Withering Heights (surprisingly good). I think I would’ve had a better experience had we read Emma, P&P, Jayne Eyre, or anything by Dickens.

    FWI: your new CAPTCHA math thing never works right.

    • I too love Fitzgerald! I think he’s my favorite American author. And whoever taught your Victorian Lit class sucked. Reading works by Collins or the Brontës are what got me into Victorian lit. Also, I understand some reluctance toward the period as a whole; it’s an acquired taste to the contemporary palate.
      PS – I’m fixing the CAPTCHA tonight – I hate it. Too much math. I was just sick of waking up to 200 spams offering me “CHEAP AMBIEN.” I’ll find a different way around that annoyance.

  3. Goodness !!
    Finally got someone who loves Austin and Rickman at the same time !!
    I’m an engineering student though, yet Literature is the thing that keeps me alive (after air, water and food of course) !!!
    “1.Funny work constructed with irony AND romance AND practicality AND social commentary
    2.Period literature
    3.Fabulous style”

    I could agree no less !! She gave us something to think about and at the same time the classic enjoyment !
    I’m honestly not sad that she wrote a few novels, because her little amount of work tops loads and loads of novels written by many writers , needless to say they are timeless ^_^

    And about Rickman, I fell in love with his , yeah voice ^_^ He has an enchanting tone which bewitched my brain and soul and I’m still under its imperius curse @_@

    Bottom line : Can you please please pleaseeeeeeeeee mail me your thesis work !!! I’d love to read it ^_^

    • Oh my, what a thorough response! Literature is totally the reason I plow on, day after drudgerous day. Always glad to meet another Austen fan!
      And Alan Rickman will one day narrate the movie based on my life, I’ve decided. Him or James Earl Jones.
      If you’re serious about the thesis, email me – my address is on the about page. 🙂

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