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Austenites Unite! We are reading Jane Austen novels plus fun spin-offs and Austen-themed novels. Jane Austen inspired so many modern classics including Clueless and Bridget Jones’ Diary. Let’s meet up and enjoy them together!
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Upcoming events (2)See all
- Discussion of Sense and Sensibility, Volume 3Link visible for attendees
Please join us via Zoom on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 6:30 PM Eastern US time for a lively and informative discussion of Volume 2 of Jane Austen's first-published novel, Sense and Sensibility.
Volume 3 begins with the chapter that most modern editions describe as Chapter 37 ("Mrs. Palmer was so well at the end of a fortnight, that her mother felt it no longer necessary to give up the whole of her time to her . . . "); and closes with the end of the novel. You can find the full text of Sense and Sensibility with the original volume breaks here: https://www.mollands.net/etexts/senseandsensibility/
Whether it's your first time encountering this novel, or your fiftieth, we're sincerely looking forward to meeting you and hearing what you have to say!
- A Discussion of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”Link visible for attendees
Let’s get spooky in the new year with Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein!” Written when she was 18 and published at 20, Shelley basically invented science fiction and the book became a success in the 1800s.
Both Jane Austen and Mary Shelley’s parents were from Bath, and both started writing at a young age. Like “Sense & Sensibility,” “Frankenstein” actually started off as a series of letters.
Let’s see what similarities and differences we can discover between Austen and Shelley, especially in reference to gothic novels.
I personally have never read Shelley’s Frankenstein and have been dying to do so! ;) I can’t wait to hear your thoughts.
Let’s meet online this time. I will post and share the link on the morning of the event. See you in the new year! Alicia