August 13, 2007 · 11:32 am
Just found out last week that A Walk with Jane Austen has gotten a lovely review from Publishers Weekly:
“In this engaging, deeply personal and well-researched travelogue, Smith (a PW contributor)
journeys to England to soak in the places of Jane Austen’s life and writings…. bring[s] Austen to life in ways no conventional biographer could…. deliciously uncertain romantic tension holds the book together as Smith weaves her own thoughts, historical research, and fitting references to Austen’s novels into a satisfying whole.”
Read the whole review here.
August 2, 2007 · 11:15 am
I have posted more thoughts on Becoming Jane over at Following Austen — my First Impressions and a run-down of fact vs. fiction. If you’ve seen it, I would love to know what you thought. I didn’t love it. (I’m not even sure I liked it!)
June 18, 2007 · 1:43 pm
The daily quotes are now appearing on the Jane Austen: A Fan Fiction Guide lens on Squidoo. Check it out!
Also, there is a LiveJournal feed here, for anyone who’s interested.
June 12, 2007 · 4:06 pm
My book is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Whoo-hoo!
I love the cover. It will be out in October through WaterBrook Press, but, of course, if you order it now it will be delivered absolutely as soon as it’s available. 😉
December 12, 2006 · 5:49 pm
I was inspired to create this blog several months ago, when Mags at AustenBlog posted a quote du jour. What a fabulous idea, I thought. And, I thought, there must be one out there in the web world. But I couldn’t find one.
Immersed in Austen research for my upcoming book (A Walk with Jane), I thought maybe I could go ahead and start one. So, here it is!
It’s hard for me to read Austen and not want to share her voice with others–her life and great energy, her laughter–especially in her letters, which I think few of her fans have probably read.
I also wanted to put her quotes back in context. So many times, when I see them, there is no notation of where they appeared, if they were her own voice or one of her characters, or exactly what the situation was. So, when you read them, I want you to know where they came from.
And regarding that laughter of hers, it is always safest to assume that Jane is joking, if there’s any question. Without understanding that, you may be wrongly offended by some of these, or come to erroneous conclusions about what she actually believed.
In each quote, I’ve noted the volume and chapter in which the quote appears (some modern versions of the novels leave the volumes out and number the chapters sequentially; you’ll need an edition with the volumes marked if you want to look these up in context). Or, in the case of Jane’s letters, I’ve noted the letter number from Dierdre Le Faye’s collection.
Feel free to email me your suggestions at austenquotes AT gmail DOT com.