July 3, 2016
The Girl From Summer Hill By Jude Deveraux Ballantine Books. 384 pp. $27 Reviewed by Lidija Dorjkhand Most fans of romance books have a special place in their heart for Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and her quintessential couple, Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. Many a novel has used the winning formula of spirited heroine and aloof but honorable hero who fight their attraction until their love cannot be denied. Jude Deveraux has gone a step further and (on several levels)
May 22, 2016 |
It didn't take long for Whit Stillman to work Jane Austen into his movies. It happened in his debut, 1990's Oscar-nominated indie Metropolitan , in a scene with a New York debutante and a Princeton freshman talking about the English author's Mansfield Park and its "virtuous heroine," Fannie Price. He finds the novel "absurd. " The young socialite is aghast. "You found Fannie Price unlikable?" she says. "She sounds pretty unbearable, but I haven't read the book," he responds.
February 18, 2016 |
Jane Austen appreciation comes in waves, and, by now, it has to have crested, right? After a half-dozen local stage adaptations of her novels in the last two seasons, and with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies appearing in multiplexes, People's Light dives back in with Sense and Sensibility , another Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan adaptation (the last was 2014's Pride and Prejudice ). Hanreddy and Sullivan aren't purists. They're interested in the spirit of the thing, its romance and humor.
February 6, 2016 |
I've fallen in love with so many movie Elizabeth Bennets, I've lost count. The heroine of Jane Austen's perennial book-club favorite, Pride and Prejudice , has been portrayed by more than a dozen actors, including Greer Garson, Jennifer Ehle, and Keira Knightly . Inspiring all, every one of these Elizabeths has reached heights of sublimity in sex appeal, coyness, or wit. But none knows her way around a katana or a karate kick...
January 29, 2016
By Colleen A. Sheehan Americans' love affair with Jane Austen continues unabated, and there seems to be no limit to the application of her wit and wisdom. (The film Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is scheduled for release next month.) So I've taken the liberty to ask: What role in a Jane Austen novel would best suit the various presidential candidates? After all, the homey gatherings of the Iowa caucuses are a lot like Austen's idea for a good novel - "three or four families in a country village" - the perfect setting for courtship, intrigue, and politics.
November 3, 2013 |
Two hundred years in the tick of a clock. On Bristol Riverside Theatre's stage, that's how Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice feels in the bicentennial anniversary of its publication. Sure, we have to strip away the class structure, economics, and phenomenon of cousin- and dowry-driven marriage that motivate the five unwed daughters of the Bennet household. And for condensation's sake, writer Jon Jory strips away much of the decorous descriptions and leaves the exposition to narrated passages in which an actor steps forward under a spotlight to relate an exploit, relationship, or bit of gossip.
October 11, 2013 |
A spark of joy lit up the literary and academic worlds this year: It's the bicentennial of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice . Published in 1813, when Austen was 37, Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy's love story has become one of her most beloved novels, having sold an estimated 20 million copies worldwide. Austen's life and work will be celebrated in the region this month with three noteworthy events. The Lantern Theater Company in Center City will host "Regency and Revelry: The Jane Austen Festival," a five-day Austenalia from Friday through Tuesday featuring lectures and readings by experts, performances, and workshops on all issues Austen.
May 14, 2013 |
Hedgerow Theatre honors the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's second published novel, Pride and Prejudice , with Jon Jory's faithful 2006 stage adaptation. While Sense and Sensibility gathers buzz in musical theater circles, Jory, founder of that great American springboard for new work, the Humana Festival of New American Plays, presents a slightly scaled-back, farce-leaning version of Austen's witty stroll among the marriage-minded gentry - landed, tenanted, or landed-aspirant-by-any-means-necessary.
March 19, 2013 |
K ATE BILO will return to her post as the weatherwoman of CBS 3's Eyewitness News broadcasts at 5 and 6 p.m. Monday after she went on maternity leave in December, resulting in new bundle of joy Anders . Anders, sometimes called A.J. by Bilo and husband Scott , joins Leo , who turns 3 1/2 soon. Being out of commission for three months has been rough on Bilo. "It's been hard sitting out the winter," she told me. "It's like being on the disabled list. " For a lot of working ladies, maternity leave means an extended period of time off. Little do they know, it's hard to get things done with a newborn babe.
January 27, 2013 |
Published 200 years ago in 1813, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice remains one of the best-read novels in the English language, with more than 20 million copies sold. It's also the most filmed of the Austen novels, spawning 10 major films and TV miniseries, including the classic 1940 adaptation starring Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson with a script cowritten by no less a literary light than Aldous Huxley. " Pride and Prejudice has never been out of print," says Kay Wisniewski, one of the organizers of the Free Library of Philadelphia's daylong literary celebration " Pride and Prejudice at 200" to be held Monday at the Central Library at 19th and Vine Streets.