New York Times reviews Jane Austen

February 28, 2013 at 8:04 pm (books, jane austen) (, , , , )

real austenClick the picture to go to the New York Times review of The Real Jane Austen.

(for my own review: click here)

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Cover Art

August 3, 2012 at 12:35 pm (books, entertainment, jane austen) (, , , , , , , , , )

These days, publishing seems to love old books — out of copyright and “free” of royalties for them. It’s not a bad thing, although I do wear my SKEPTICAL hat when I see something selling for “full price”.**

Anyway, rather than talking publishers and their high costs, low royalties (if any), today’s post concerns these truly lovely Brontë & Austen covers.

Makes me want to pull out some paints and have a go myself!

The story behind the artwork is told at The New York Times: it’s a bid for “younger” audiences.

In March, Splinter, an imprint of Sterling Publishing, began releasing its Classic Lines series, paperback editions of classic novels with French flaps and delicate illustrations on the jackets that have the appearance of watercolors. For the artwork, the publisher hired Sara Singh, a Manhattan-based fashion illustrator.”

Personally, I don’t see cover art as a case of “boring, stuffy” versus “hip” – a good cover should do SOMETHING to convey the story –> which these covers do nicely.

**At Amazon, the Austen novels published by Splinter are selling for $8.95 each (reasonably priced; though I wonder: traditional paperback size or the oversized pb?? maybe I’ll visit my nearest Barnes and Noble and track them down – in the Young Adult Section? Or Classic Fiction?). Interesting note: the novels are cited online as being “by Jane Austen AND Sara Singh“!

What do YOU think of trends: in publishing, in cover art, in books?

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Upper East Side: ‘at home’ with Elective Affinities

December 21, 2011 at 9:48 pm (entertainment, news) (, , , , , , )

The second I saw this in The New York Times, I was intrigued; a FASCINATING idea!

Chopin melodies enchant; tea and finger sandwiches sustain; and Alice Hauptmann (actress Zoe Caldwell) entertains a select 30 guests each evening. The play, Elective Affinities, is taking place not in a theater, but in a real Upper East Side residence:

WHY has this so captured my imagination?? Imagine a Smith&Gosling evening … in a place like Roehampton Grove:

Or The Vyne:

The guests arrive, have tea, eat their finger sandwiches, then the Butler escorts them into, say, the Star Parlour, where Emma and Mary await to talk about life in c1819 England. Great fun!

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an aside: Ah, reading about Zoe Caldwell transports me back to a NY City trip during which I attended a performance of  Master Class, where she played Maria Callas. My first time seeing Audra McDonald (a great voice), too. Life was good once…

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Old Bailey Makes NYTimes

August 22, 2011 at 7:57 pm (london's landscape, research) (, , , , , , )

The Old Bailey made the New York Times, when Patricia Cohen’s article “As the Gavels Fell: 240 Years at Old Bailey” appeared in the August 17th issue.

Well, tell us something we didn’t already know!

“Scholars have long considered the Old Bailey an invaluable resource.” I’ve even found the Goslings in the online database a few times (as victims of theft…).

If you’ve never visited the Old Bailey website, find it here. And you’ll read first-hand what Garrow’s Law depicts ever-so-superbly.

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