Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Happy Birthday, Jane Austen!


I had wanted to post this earlier but it is still the 15th of December so it's still current. Wishing a very Happy Birthday to my favorite authoress!

A few faces of Jane and some quotes about her by other writers:

Anne Hathaway as Jane Austen in Becoming Jane

"Read again, for the third time at least, Miss Austen's finely written novel of 'Pride And Prejudice'. That young Lady had a talent for describing the involvements and feelings and characters of ordinary life, which is to me the most wonderful I ever met with...." - The Diary of Sir Walter Scott, March 14, 1826

Olivia Williams as Jane Austen in Miss Austen Regrets

"Miss Austen understood the smallness of life to perfection. She was a great artist, equal in her small sphere to Shakespeare..." - Alfred Tennyson, 1870

Gillian Kearney as Jane Austen in The Real Jane Austen

" ... she describes men and women exactly as men and women really are, and tells her tale of ordinary, everyday life ... with such purity of style and language, as have rarely been equaled, and perhaps never surpassed. ..." - Lord Brabourne, The Letters of Jane Austen

Jane, thank you so much for your endless hours of work bringing to life the characters and stories we all know and love so well!

"Jane lies in Winchester -- blessed be her shade!
Praise the Lord for making her, and her for all she made!
And while the stones of Winchester, or Milsom Street, remain,
Glory, love, and honor unto England's Jane!"
- Rudyard Kipling, Epigraph to "The Janeites"
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