The Penny Post Weekly Review ~ All Things Austen

The Penny Post Weekly Review

  July 2, 2011

The Circulating Library: in celebration of and preparation for the Fort Worth AGM on Sense and Sensibility has posted a partial bibliography of readings in Persuasions and Persuasions On-Line

The British Library announces an iPad app accessing 19th century books   Users can experience the British Library 19th Century Historical Collection App for free from the App Store on iPad or at

Also the British Library and Google Books are hooking up:

Drury Lane theatre 1794 - Houghton Library

The Houghton Library at Harvard – their digitization project – this week they have added the following early 19th century drawings of English theatres:

Victorian Secrets revives the works of neglected nineteenth-century writers and makes them available to the modern reader. Although over 60,000 novels were published during the 19th century, only a very small number have remained in print. See here for their catalogue:

Notable Women Authors of the Day by Helen C. Black

Charles Darwin’s Library

The James Boswell Library at LibraryThing:

Nothing to do with Jane or literature, but take a look at this virtual exhibition of sheet music at the Library at Monash University:

Beatrix Potter at the Free Library of Philadelphia

Illus from A Happy Pair, 1890

Articles of interest

This one has been everywhere but need to repeat out of an attempt to cover a week in the world of Jane Austen, so who can resist this!:  Kate Middleton and Jane Austen are cousins:

“The Fathers of Jane Austen” – by Myretta Robens:

“The Country House and the English Novel” – by Blake Morrison at The Guardian:

An essay on Keats’s grave at Victorian Poetry Network:

Keats's grave in Rome - Wikipedia

William Cowper witty?? – see this essay by Robert Pinsky at Slate on Austen’s favorite poet:

Books of interest:

By Austen: all six Austen novels will be published as “flipbacks” in November: – For more information on this new book phenomenon (slightly larger than your iphone) hoping to outdo ebooks, see this essay at philobiblos:

And Austen in the Baby Lit series along with Shakespeare:

The Music Trade in Georgian England, edited by Michael Kassler. Published August 2011; Hardback ISBN 978-0-7546-6065-1:

Savage Grandeur and Noblest Thoughts: Discovering the Lake District 1750 – 1820: Exhibition Catalogue Published to Accompany Exhibition at Wordsworth Trust 1st July 2010 – 12th June 2011; By Cecilia Powell and Stephen Hebron:

Review of Vauxhall Gardens: A History, by David Coke and Alan Borg:

Review of Roy Strong’s Visions of England:

A Book List:  if you are looking for a book list, go no further that “Best Holiday Reads” at The Guardian where writers share their favorite works – no Austen I’m sorry to say, but read Antonia Fraser’s account of reading Anthony Powell’s Dance to the Music of Time – just a great story!


Bonham’s Sale 19483The Helmut Joseph Collection of Important Snuff Boxes, London, New Bond Street, 5 Jul 2011 at 10:30:

A Meissen gold-mounted oval snuff box, circa 1750-60 - Bonham's

Bonham’s auction shoe archive [absolutely fabulous images!]: – and an essay with images at Booktryst: – I want these!

Bonham's Shoe Archive - Booktryst

Shopping:  Peacock P&P bag:  [can any Austen fan really live without this?!

Peacock P&P boag - Jane Austen Centre

For fun:

World of Playing Cards website:

Handmade relica 17th c English playing cards - World of Playing Cards

The all-over-the-web “he said / she said” – literary quiz

Have fun exploring!  Have you found anything of interest you would like to share? – please do!

Copyright @2011 by Deb Barnum, at Jane Austen in Vermont

One thought on “The Penny Post Weekly Review ~ All Things Austen

  1. Love the bit about the Dutchess of Cambridge and JA. Perhaps my JASNA membership will get me an introduction (audience) with the Dutchess while we both are in Santa Barbara this coming weekend.


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