The Penny Post Weekly Review ~ All Things Austen

The Penny Post Weekly Review* 

June 4, 2011

News and Gossip: 

1.   “Josiah Wedgwood Tradesman – Tycoon, firing up the modern Age” at The Culture Concept Circle:

 2. access through the month of June:   user ID: ee2011 / PW:  enlightenment

3.  How timely is this, as I just started to re-read Evelina last week! You can follow the Group read of Frances Burney’s Evelina at The Duchess of Devonshire’s Gossip Guide: here is the first post:

The full reading schedule is here: join in if you can!

  • 2 June: Volume 1 Letters 1-20
  • 9 June: Volume 1 Letter 21- Volume 2 Letter 6 (21-37)
  • 16 June: Volume 2 Letter 7- 22 (38-53)
  • 23 June: Volume 2 Letter 23- Volume 3 Letter 9 (54-71)
  • 30 June: Volume 3 Letter 10-23 (72-84)

4.  In the UK: The Jane Austen Regency Week [ June 18 – June 26, 2011], celebrating the time Jane Austen spent in Alton and Chawton, is sponsored by the Alton Chamber of Commerce – website with event information here:

5.  As part of the above Regency Week celebration, the Chawton House Library will be hosting tea, talk, and tours on June 21st and 23rd :

6.  Two posts on the British and their lovely habit, the drinking of tea: at Mary Ellen Foley’s Anglo-American Experience blog:

Part 1:
Part 2:
Part 3:
Part 4:  coming soon, so check back

Chinese Flowers, Old Foley pottery, from M.E. Foley's blog

7.  Dressing the Part: Dolley Madison’s Life Through Fashion, an exhibit at James Madison’s Montpelier, June 15, 2011 – March 29, 2012:

8.  The In Fashion: High Style 1620-2011 exhibit at The Shelburne Museum opens June 18, 2011:

9.  An interview with Diana Birchall at Maria Grazia’s The Jane Austen Book Club: [includes a book giveaway]

10.  I don’t even know where to begin re: V. S. Naipaul’s trashing women writers and Jane Austen’s “sentimentality” [see this article at the Guardian: ]

– but as one gentleman on one of the listservs I subscribe to so eloquently said: “Oh yeah Naipaul, how many movies have been made from YOUR books, huh?”


New Books just out / about to be: 

1.  Why Jane Austen? By Rachel Brownstein. ColumbiaUniversity Press, 2011:  [publication date: June 16, 2011 or thereabouts – more on this book next week!]

2.  Vauxhall Gardens, by David Coke and Alan Borg: – the book is to be published by Yale University Press on June 8, 2011

3.  Jane Austen: Two Centuries of Criticism, by Laurence Mazzeno. Camden Press, 2011:


A few blogs / websites to check out:

1.  This one deserves repeating:  The Jane Austen Music Transcripts Collection at Flinders Academic Commons, transcribed by Gillian Dooley [this is a wonderful resource, most all from Austen’s music manuscript notebooks]:

2.  William Godwin’s Diary: Reconstructing a Social and Political Culture, 1788-1836:   [husband to Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley’s father, Austen’s time]

3.  The Beau Monde Blog

Beau Monde Blog header

4.  The Carlyle Letters Online [i.e Thomas and Jane]

5.  The George Eliot blog:  [new!]

6.  The Yale Center for British Art – their fabulous new website:

Mercier - 'The Sense of Hearing' - detail - YCBA


* I hope to return to doing a weekly update of various Austen-related discoveries – so much out there – so little time – one must set aside some time for BOOKS, don’t you think??

Copyright @2011 Deb Barnum, at Jane Austen in Vermont

6 thoughts on “The Penny Post Weekly Review ~ All Things Austen

  1. Hi Deb,
    I’ve just had a look at the Jane Austen events at Alton. Most are midweek, which is a problem for Marilyn. However, if I am not working I might try and get to the talk at Chawton House Library on the 21st or 23rd. If I get to one of them I will write a review.

    All the best,


    • Hello Mary Ellen,

      I just added your part 3, plus the Old Foley teacup from your post which I had meant to do the first time around… yes, I understand how involved this has turned out to be for you! I researched the tea question a few years ago and it all still sits as pages of notes, never to make it to the blog I’m afraid! – so thank you for your posts on this! Blogs can indeed become full-time, can’t they? – hopefully you are enjoying a good cup of tea while writing!

      Thanks for stopping by,


  2. Greetings! I’m on holiday/vacation, and was in such a flurry to finish the last of the tea posts before I left that I forgot to let you know that part 4 was up at . I’ve now put up part 5 and I *think* I’m finished with the topic of tea for a while!

    Thanks for letting your readers know about my tea series —

    Mary Ellen


    • Thanks Mary Ellen – I will add your new posts to my original and add a note in this week’s “Penny Post” – your posts make me just want to settle down with a good book and a cup of tea!


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