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As Jane Austen once wrote, "I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book!"

What makes Jane Austen, so very Jane Austen? That is what we have created this group to find out! Whether you are just discovering her, or are a devout, there is no questioning that there is a reason her books have been favourites for more than 200 years. Her writings are transcendent and have withstood the test of time, making her one of the most read authors in the world, though she only completed six novels. She breathes life into her all of her narratives and her satirical observation of the world in which she lived has been a basis of discussion for decades and our group is no different. Anything and everything she wrote or inspired is on the table for discussion in this group about our favourite author. Join us for Austenian conversation that even Anne Elliot would approve of!

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The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe

Gramercy Kitchen

I'm announcing the October book a little early. Since October is the perfect month for Gothic literature, it is The Mysteries of Udolpho. It is a longer book than what we normally conquer in this Meetup, so I am giving us all some extra time to read it!

The Mysteries of Udolpho is a Gothic novel written by Ann Radcliffe. It was published in 1794 and was one of the most popular novels at the turn of the 19th century. By the time Austen started her writing career, it had become a classic. Because of the popularity of this book and the genre in which it exists, Catherine, the heroine of Northanger Abbey, is shown through Austen's satire and wit to have an obsession, and is molded by, the Gothic tropes which appear heavily in this novel.

The Mysteries of Udolpho takes place "on the continent" and is about a young lady, named Emily St. Aubert. The novel hits all the notes of classic Gothic tropes to the point where it has become a reference guide for Gothic writers (and Austen). Some of these themes include a young heroine on an adventure who falls prey to a villain, a deceased parent or two, ruined castles, threatening weather, a hint of the supernatural, and young love.

Please have your RSVP updated by Wednesday, November 10th, as we would like to make sure that we tell the restaurant the correct number of attendees.

Please keep in mind, now that the world is opening up again and we are having meetings in person, when we are indoors, and not via zoom or outside, your RSVP is very important. If you cannot make an event, please kindly remember to adjust your status so that people on our waiting list can be notified that there is a spot for them.

We will also announce our next book.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Persuasion by Sarah Rose Kearns

Gramercy Kitchen

This month's meeting will be a little different. Instead of reading for this month, we ​will be using this month to discuss our very own Sarah Rose Kearn's adaptation of Persuasion. Having the discussion as our meeting for this month will give everyone time to see her play as it runs until the end of October. We will be discussing the play itself, as well as comparing its differences to the original text from Austen.

We will also be talking about adaptations for the screen or stage in general. We will discuss how an author interprets a text, how a director can use their own vision in a production, and how an actor can further extend their own understanding into their character. Do the combination of these people's artistry need to be faithful to the original text to evoke the feel of the text? What makes an adaptation a good adaptation? In what ways can a text be interpreted by reading a novel vs seeing it acted out?

Please have your RSVP updated by Wednesday, November 10th as we would like to make sure that we tell the restaurant the correct number of attendees.

Please keep in mind, now that the world is opening up again and we are having meetings in person, when we are indoors, and not via zoom or outside, your RSVP is very important. If you cannot make an event, please kindly remember to adjust your status so that people on our waiting list can be notified that there is a spot for them.

We will also announce our next book at this meeting.

Looking forward to seeing you there

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Bedlam Presents...PERSUASION by Sarah Rose Kearns

Connelly Theater

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