Austenprose’s Jane Austen Birthday Soiree – December 16, 2011 – with tons of Giveaways!

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Welcome to our contribution to the Austen’s Birthday Soiree!

Austen's Birthday Soiree 2012We are participating in the Austen’s Birthday Soiree, hosted by Katherine Cox of November’s Autumn & Maria Grazia of My Jane Austen Book Club. The daylong blog hop will feature a post in celebration of Jane Austen, her life, her novels and the era in which she lived at each of the 31 blogs!

Quick links to participants in Austen’s Birthday Soiree

  1. Blog: Sharon Lathan
  2. Blog: O! Beauty Unattempted
  3. Blog: Austenprose
  4. Blog: SemiTrue Stories
  5. Blog: First Draft
  6. Blog: Regency Skethes
  7. Blog: Brant Flakes
  8. Blog: Mesmered’s Blog
  9. Blog: The Heroine’s Bookshelf
  10. Blog: vvb32 reads
  11. Blog: The Fiction vs. Reality Smackdown
  12. Blog: ReginaJeffers’s Blog
  13. Blog: Alyssa Goodnight   
  14. Blog: Jane Austen in Vermont
  15. Blog: Jane Started It!
  16. Blog: Choc Lit Authors’ Corner
  17. Blog: Reading, Writing, Working, Playing
  18. Blog: The Jane Austen Film Club 
  19. Blog: El Salón de Té de Jane
  20. Blog: Kaitlin Saunders
  21. Blog: One Literature Nut
  22. Blog: Patrice Sarath
  23. Blog: Jane Austen Brasil
  24. Blog: Jane Austen Sequels 
  25. Blog: Stiletto Storytime
  26. Blog: Jennifer W. Becton
  27. Blog: Urban Girl Takes Vermont
  28. Blog: Pemberley Variations 
  29. Blog: AustenAuthors
  30. Blog: November’s Autumn
  31. Blog: My Jane Austen Book Club

Our Tribute to her Letters

Jane Austen's Letters, Fourth Edition, collected and edited by Deirdre Le Faye (2011The fourth edition of Jane Austen’s Letters, collected and edited by Deirdre Le Faye was just released in October in the UK and December in the US by the good folks at Oxford University Press. It has some new additions to the text, including a new preface by Le Faye, subject index (huzzah), but sadly no new letters were discovered.  What remains of her correspondence is all here – and for those who have not delved beyond her prose, her letters might surprise you. They start in 1796 and continue until her death in 1817.

Here are some choice quotes from her letters:

Here I am once more in this scene of dissipation and vice, and I begin already to find my morals corrupted. 23 August 1796

What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps one in a continual state of inelegance.         18 September 1796

Next week I shall begin my operations on my hat, on which you know my principal hopes of happiness depend. 27 October 1798

I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal. 24 December 1798

You deserve a longer letter than this; but it is my unhappy fate seldom to treat people so well as they deserve. 24 December 1798

We have been exceedingly busy ever since you went away. In the first place we have had to rejoice two or three times everyday at your having such very delightful weather for the whole of your journey. 25 November 1800

You will have a great deal of unreserved discourse with Mrs. K., I dare say, upon this subject, as well as upon many other of our family matters. Abuse everybody but me. 07 January 1807

I begin already to weigh my words and sentences more than I did, and am looking about for a sentiment, an illustration, or a metaphor in every corner of the room. Could my Ideas flow as fast as the rain in the Storecloset it would be charming. 24 January 1809

How horrible it is to have so many people killed! And what a blessing that one cares for none of them! 31 May 1811

I will not say that your mulberry-trees are dead, but I am afraid they are not alive. 31 May 1811

I could not sit seriously down to write a serious romance under any other motive than to save my life; and if it were indispensable for me to keep it up and never relax into laughing at myself or at other people, I am sure I should be hung before I had finished the first chapter. 01 April 1816

The little bit (two inches wide) of ivory on which I work with so fine a brush as produces little effect after much labour. 16 December 1816

Single Women have a dreadful propensity for being poor—which is one very strong argument in favour of Matrimony. 13 March 1817


Jane Austen Made Me Do It, edited by Laurel Ann Nattress (2011)In celebration of Jane Austen’s birthday, we are offering readers a chance to win twenty Austen items:

And…just for the heck of it…advance reading copies of:

To qualify for one of the giveaway items (one item per person) please leave a comment stating which of the giveaways you are dying to read and wish Jane Austen a happy birthday! Contest ends on 11:59 pm, Wednesday, December 21, 2011. Winners announced on Thursday, December 22, 2012. To claim your prize, please respond by contacting us with the name of the book that you won in the subject line and your full name and address by Wednesday, December 28, 2011. Shipment to US and Canadian addresses only.

Good luck to all.

Happy Birthday Jane Austen!


Laurel Ann

© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

120 thoughts on “Austenprose’s Jane Austen Birthday Soiree – December 16, 2011 – with tons of Giveaways!

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  1. Happy Birthday Jane!! Thanks for the giveaways too!

    Please enter me for the Oxford World’s Classic, either notecards, A Jane Austen Education, Jane Goes Batty, the Georgette Heyer book and Stephanie Barron’s book.



    1. Happy Birthday Miss Austen and congratulations to all who celebrate it like a dear friend’s birthday. I would love to have Austen-inspired notecards!!!


  2. I am simply in a fit to read Jane Austen Made Me Do It. (But I would adore her correspondence as well…)

    Here’s to every year you get older sweet lady. Your books only get better with time. Happy birthday!


  3. Happy Bday Jane Austen! 236 never looked so good! Also Happy Bday Mr. Beethoven!

    Thanks for multiple giveway items! The Oxford World Classics is my choice.


  4. Happy Birthday, Dearest Jane. Thank you for inspiring so many not only with your wit and wisdom, but with love for your stories, that we simply want more, and many have stepped up to the challenge and continue to feed our passion for the characters you have created!

    I would like the Jane Austen Made Me Do It, having been a contest I thoroughly enjoyed partaking in, but have not held the results in my own hands!


  5. Happy Birthday Miss Austen. What a grand lady you are. Thank you for many hours of peace, quiet and enjoyment. I missed you very much when the children were small but now I can enjoy you and all of your writing children. I would love to read Jane Austen Made Me Do It. For she has had an impact on my declining years. But any of these other books would do. Again Happy Birthday!


  6. Happy birthday, Jane! This is my first soiree and I am so excited! I would love to read A Jane Austen Education!



  7. what lovely giveaways, & all in honor of MsAusten!!!!

    Happy Birthday Jane!! thank you for inspiring all of these writers so that those who cannot write, can enjoy your stories in all kinds of ways!!!!

    please enter me for JaneAustenMadeMeDoIt, Jane&thePrisonerofWoolHouse, & each of the ARC’s……

    cyn209 at juno dot com


  8. Happy Birthday Jane Austen! What an impact you have made on our literary world. I would love to win Penquin Classics Deluxe Edition Pride and Prejudice for my keeper shelf. Thanks for the great giveaway.


  9. Happy birthday to Jane Austen!

    Thanks for the great giveaway! I’d like to win Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (I love Quirk’s books). If we can enter multiple giveaways, I wouldn’t mind winning either Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House, the Georgette Heyer book, Jane Austen Made Me Do It, or Oxford World’s Classics collection.


  10. Happy Birthday, Jane Austen! I would like to read Jane Austen’s Letters 3rd edition since I haven’t read them all before. Also, some of those note cards look really nice.


  11. Happy Birthday Jane Austen. I am so glad that I got to know you all these years and that I’m not alone! Thank you Ladies for all you do to feed my obsession. I would love the Jane Austen letters,please or the Jane Austen made me do it. Thanks


  12. Happy birthday, Jane Austen! Thank you for everything.

    I would love to read Jane’s letters or the Heyer books. And both sets of notecards are beautiful.


  13. I wonder what Jane would be doing today to celebrate her birthday?

    I would love to win Expectations of Happiness, by Rebecca Ann Collins. I haven’t read any of the Sense and Sensibility sequels and I think it sounds fabulous!


  14. She who lived as long as to inspire
    a hundred thousand lives & films;
    Jane it was from whom I acquired
    my stance, my prose, rhythm and feet.

    My Dearest Jane Austen:

    I am writing to you on behalf of my soul to thank you for you have given us. You have been our true source of inspiration for centuries now, and I am certain that this you are watching it all in full joy and rejoice from upwards in Heaven.

    I am twenty-two years old now, and when I first met you at thirteen, and read an adaptation of your Pride and Prejudice, I was enchanted by the story, though style is certainly your thing.

    Happy Birthday to you dearest Jane, and I wish I could read those curiousity-awakening Jane Austen Note Cards by Potter Style.

    Yours ever,


  15. I am dying to read Wickham’s Diary! I think it’s the only one of Amanda Grange’s diaries I have yet to read.

    I also am hoping to find time to read Jane Austen’s letters sometime next year.

    Happy Jane’s Birthday!


  16. What a soiree! Happy Birthday to our Jane! I loved reading your quotes from her letters–can you imagine how fun she would have been to have as a friend! I think I’m most interested in Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House. I read the first three in the mystery series ages ago, and got bogged down and never resumed them, but I would like to.

    Thanks for your incredible bag of goodies–you will be making many Janeites happy.


  17. A very happy birthday to Jane. Her writings always serve as inspiration and comfort.

    I would love the chance to be able to read Jane Austen Made Me Do It, Jane Austen’s Letters, and a Jane Austen Education. The notecards also look amazing!

    Thanks again. This is a treat!


  18. Lady of Quality & Charity Girl, by Georgette Heyer seems to be interestingt and pleaqse put me in to qualify fir that book

    I would like to wish Ms. Jane Austen a happy birthday, and to congratulate her for anniversary of Sense and Sensibility. I would like to thank her for inspiring me to get into reading when I saw colin firths Pride and Prejudice version as a young girl


  19. I would love to have the signed copy of “Jane Austen Made Me Do It” but would be thrilled with any one off that list – what a great contest!

    Happy Birthday, Jane! I picture her at a ball on her birthday with a lengthy line of gentlemen waiting to dance with her.


  20. Happy Birthday Jane!! I wonder how Jane might have celebrated her birthdays?

    I would like to be entered to win JAMMDI, either notecard set, A Jane Austen Education, the Georgette Heyer books and Jane Austen’s Letters.

    Thanks so much for hosting a celebration!


  21. Certainly, “Happy Birthday” to Jane! This calls for tea all day. Thank you for the generous giveaway celebration. Jane Austen inspired note cards by JennyDidIt would combine two of my loves, Jane Austen and sending notes.


  22. Happy Birthday Miss Jane!

    Thanks for the birthday soiree, looks like a lot of hard work behind the scenes!

    I’d love to be in the drawing for Expectations of Happiness and either one of the Jane Austen note cards.

    Off to the next stop…



  23. Hi, and Happy Birthday Jane! Oh, if only I was born six days earlier, we could share the same day… LOL For me, I’d love to go with the Jane Austen’s Letters 3rd edition one! :)



  24. Happy Birthday to our dear Jane! This has been such a great event to pull my spirits up, both for Christmas and the break ahead, so I can get back to reading again. :)


  25. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Miss Jane Austen!!! And oh my goodness, what a wonderful selection of goodies! I myself have never read any of Jane’s letters, so that book seems very exciting to me. Thank you for doing this–what fun, and how generous!



  26. Happy Birthday Jane!!! I would like to read Jane Austen made me do it.Thank you so much for introducing me to all these lovely ladies and for this chance to get into all this fun.


  27. Happy Returns of the Day Miss Austen!!

    I would love to win either Jane Austen’s Letters or A Jane Austen Education. While I’ve read her novels over and over again, I have yet to read any of the books about her and would love that opportunity.

    Thank you for the great giveaways.


  28. Happy birthday, Jane! What an amazing array of items. It’s a shame I just spent so much on Christmas presents or I’d be tempted to do a little Amazon shopping for myself right now. Jane Goes Batty looks like good fun to read.


  29. Happy birthday Jane!

    And thanks for offering the great giveaway opportunities! I’ve never read all of Jane Auten’s letters, so I would like to be entered in that giveaway. A Jane Austen Education looks really neat too. :)


  30. This is such a great way to celebrate Jane Austen’s birthday. I had no idea there were so many Ausenesque works out there. I will have to get busy reading! Thanks.


  31. A very happy birthday to Our Dear Jane,indeed,and please include me in the drawing for A Jane Austen Education-I have heard so many good things about that book but have had to put off seeking such pleasure in pages(I know what Jane might say about that!)


  32. Happy Birthday dear Jane! My life has never been the same since I picked up your beloved Emma!!=)
    I would love to read Expectations of Happiness by Rebecca Ann Collins. Thanks for the giveaway!!


  33. I would love to win Jane Austen made me do it, largely because it is one of the few titles listed here that I have not already read and have been meaning to read. I am loathe to admit I have fallen behind of late.

    Happy Birthday Miss Jane Austen! As long as your books live on and inspired writers like the ladies above continue to follow your work, you will live on with us.


  34. What a wonderful giveaway, Laurel Ann! I would love to win A Jane Austen Education, as I must be the last Janeite on the planet to read that book.

    One thing I love about Jane is the way she’s brought people together from all around the world, simply because we all love her books. I’ve made so many friends in the last 18 months who I never would have met otherwise.


  35. Happy Birthday, Jane, thank you for many delightful reading hours!

    I’d love to win Lady of Quality & Charity Girl by Georgette Heyer.


  36. Merry felicitations, Jane Austen. I think I would love to read either her letters or the Oxford World’s Classics of NA, LS, Sand and TW. Of course, the Deluxe Penguin P&P would also not be unread!

    Am currently reading A Jane Austen Education from the library (picked it up this morning) – very much liking it!


  37. Many happy returns of the day, Jane! I’d LOVE “JA Made Me Do It”…I’ve been dying to read it! And happy feast day to all my fellow Janeites! “Shelves in the closet…happy thought indeed!”


  38. What a great birthday celebration! I’d love to read Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House: Being a Jane Austen Mystery, by Stephanie Barron. Thank you!


  39. Happy Birthday Jane! I would love to read Pemberley by the Sea. Thank you for the amazing giveaway!



  40. Happy Birthday Jane Austen!!! Thank you for making my life richer, my standards for men higher and for teaching me that my life can be one big beautiful disaster. I would love ‘Jane Austen Made Me Do It’ – my nana and I share a love of J.A and I would love to give it to her as a gift that we can share :)


  41. Happy birthday 236th to dear Jane! Thanks for all your wit and wisdom. I would love to read Jane Austen Letters, 3rd editon.


  42. the 2 i have been looking forward to reading and hope i get this holiday season, are “jane austen mademe do it” and “a jane austen education”

    i have not read any of georgette heyer’s books yet, but i did listen to Richard Armitage read them :0)


  43. This is such a lovely way to celebrate Jane’s birthday. I have a friend whose birthday is also today, and as she is a Jane Austen fan, she is quite pleased with herself to share Jane’s birthday. I, sadly, was born on the anniversary of her death.

    I would be thrilled with the opportunity to win either the Austen Letters or the Oxford Austen set.

    Thanks very much!



  44. Happy Birthday dearest Jane Austen! You are my bright and shining inspiration for everything that I write and often what I think!

    I’ve been celebrating her birthday all week with Jane Austen related posts and even a detailed book review of The Watsons.

    Thank you for sharing the quotes from her letters, several are familiar but all are quite witty!

    What an amazing list of giveaway items! I’m most longing to read ‘Jane Austen Made Me Do It’ but I’d be just as delighted to win any of the items listed. Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway!


  45. Many happy returns of the day, Miss Austen!

    I should very much like to win the note cards, as I have many of the books I want already and am woefully behind on my correspondence. (The first of that is one of the reasons for the latter!)


  46. Happy birthday Jane. This is hard. My top pick is Jane Austen’s Letters but Jane Austen Made Me Do It is a close second. Really I would enjoy any of the items listed though. Thank you for having so many giveaways!


  47. My choice would be “Oxford World’s Classic Northanger Abbey, Lady Susan, The Watsons and Sandito”, by Jane Austen

    The blog hop has been wonderful fun!



  48. Oh dear, Jane Austen Goes Batty sounds too good to miss. Happy Birthday Jane. You have saved me many a time when battiness seemed very near.


  49. What a wonderful giveaway, Laurel Ann, and, ohhh, I loved the quotes you shared from Jane’s letters!! They’re so witty that I laugh every time I read them ;).

    My Austen books collection is alarmingly extensive and I already own Jane Austen Made Me Do It (although my copy is not signed! I would like that…), but I haven’t yet read Michael Thomas Ford’s Jane Goes Batty or Stephanie Barron’s Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House.

    Wishing JA a very happy 236th!!


  50. “Happy Birthday Dear Jane Austen…Happy Birthday to you!”

    What a nice way to celebrate her birthday. Thank you for offering this give away in her honor.

    I would enjoy A Jane Austen Education, by William Deresiewicz


  51. Ooh, I’m dying to get my hands on the Penguin Deluxe Edition of Pride and Prejudice (and of course I would love the Jane Austen note cards).

    Happy Birthday Jane!


  52. Happy Birthday, Jane!

    Wow, that is an impressive giveaway! I have read many of them! Please enter me for Jane Goes Batty or Georgette Heyer or Stephanie Barron or notecards.


  53. Happy Birthday dearest Jane! You would be so amazed at your own heritage.

    If I were to win a giveaway, I would be interested in ‘Jane Austen’s Letters’ 3rd Edition or ‘A Jane Austen Education’.

    Thank you for the fabulous giveaway opportunity.


  54. Happy birthday Miss Jane! Neither you nor your works betray their age at all. I would love to read Jane Austen Made Me Do It or A Jane Austen Education – I think the latter would complement my copy of The Jane Austen Handbook nicely.


  55. Oohh! What difficulty to pick just one! But I must confess it would be very delightful to have Jane Austen’s Letters always on hand! (I often find myself wishing I did.)

    Happy Birthday to the best author in the world, Miss Jane Austen! (I sometimes wonder if we all have more fun with her birthday than she ever did!)

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway.



  56. I so wanna read Jane Austen’s Letters. And my Jane tribute:

    Happy happy birthday
    We’re really glad you wrote
    So have a happy birthday
    Your fans will always dote.

    …or something like that ;-)


  57. Happy Birthday, Miss Austen!!!

    This is such a great giveaway. I would absolutley love to read Pemberley by the Sea, by Abigail Reynolds.

    Thank you!!


  58. Ooh, pick me, pick me! All these giveaways are great, but I’d especially love to win Jane Austen Made Me Do It or A Jane Austen Education. I’m dying to read both books, and the fact that they’re signed is icing on the cake!

    And speaking of cake…happy birthday, Miss Austen!


  59. So many generous prizes, how does one choose? I think I’d like to enter the drawing for the Stephanie Barron mystery, “Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House.”

    Thanks so much!


  60. Jane Austen, and Stephen Sondheim, are the only two people outside my friends and family whose birthdays I regularly celebrate. What would my life be without Jane Austen?

    The Jane Austen notecards look lovely.


  61. THANK YOU for the array of wonderful giveaways! How thoughtful!!!
    I would like to win the Oxford World’s Classics: Lady Susan, The Watsons and Sanditon. I have not read them before and would be sure to devour them. Thank you for the opportunity. Susan


  62. I would love any of the Penguin classics, except Pride and Prejudice (because I already have it! :) ) Thanks for the giveaways!


  63. Happy Birthday, dearest Jane! What a tribute to you and your work to have so many authors emulate your work and a multitude of fans still reading your novels and anxiously awaiting the new sequels and ‘what-ifs’ by these authors. Indeed, you are an inspiration!

    Pemberley by the Sea is an interesting title or the Penguin Classic of Pride and Prejudice would be a fabulous win. Just being able to comment for this special event is a win itself! Thanks for the birthday celebration and for sharing your fun and busy trip! The photos were great!


  64. Happy birthday Jane Austen! Thank you for giving this wanna-be writer inspiration and hope. Also, thank you for bringing my best guy friend and I closer together (result of his reading one of my favorite Austen novels) this year. :)

    If I can be entered for the Jane Austen Made Me Do It and A Jane Austen Education giveaways, I’d be very grateful. Thank you!


  65. Happy birthday, Jane Austen! Your work is fantastic, and I bow down to you!
    My pick would be Pride and Prejudice– I’ve read it, but I collect copies :-)


  66. Happy belated birthday, Jane! thanks for sharing your gift with all of us!

    I’ve never read JA’s letter so a nice copy of them would be…nice (ducking from Henry Tilney’s quizzical glance). The notecards and Stephanie BArron’s JA mystery would be awesome too!


  67. I would love to read Jane Austen’s Letters 3rd edition. The notecards or Lady of Quality & Charity Girl would be spectacular as well! Thank you, and a very happy birthday to Miss Austen!


  68. I have just realized that Wickham’s Diary is on the list and I should like to read it, although I am certain that nothing he has to say for himself will excuse his behaviour. Also I did not specify which note cards I preferred. Please put me down for the Potter Style ones.


  69. Happy Birthday, dear Jane! I am never so happy as when I get to revisit her words.

    I have my hopes set on Jane Austen’s Letters, Jane Austen Made Me Do It, or a Jane Austen Education.


  70. Happy Birthday Jane! I love the original classic books from Jane and all the fan fiction that all the fabulous authors have provided us!

    I would like to be included in the Jane Austen Made Me Do It giveaway!



  71. Happy Birthday, our dear Jane. Wish you were here watching how we are celebrating it around the blogosphere.

    How I wish you will make it international, LA so that I might have a chance to enter.


  72. I’ve never read much of what Jane Austen had written in her letters- but after reading the excerpts I see that it was a tragic oversight. I particularly loved the bit about writing a romance novel. So accordingly, I would be thrilled to read Jane Austen’s Letters. Thank you for taking part in this giveaway, I loved reading all of the tributes!


  73. Wow what an amazing giveaway Laurel Ann! I would love to be entered for the Stephanie Barron and Georgette Heyer books, either of the note card sets and any of the advanced reader copies! Thanks for being so generous and a very Happy Birthday to our Dear Jane!



  74. Jane Austen has nourished my soul unlike any other author. Stumbling upon her world 5 years ago much by accident has brought me so much joy. Happy Birthday, my dear Miss Austen!


  75. Happy Birthday Jane Austen! I realized my Jane Austen obsession when I looked through this list and realized I had read most of these books. Suprisingly, I have yet to read her letters. My top three would be:

    1. Jane Austen’s Letters 3rd edition, collected and edited by Deirdre Le Faye
    2. Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House: Being a Jane Austen Mystery, by Stephanie Barron (somehow I missed this one)
    3. Lady of Quality & Charity Girl, by Georgette Heyer (I haven’t read either one of these).

    Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!


  76. Hi Laura: Being totally blown away by the sheer volume of your reading and reviews, “I’m all astonishment” that you have yet to read A Lady of Quality & Charity Girl. Get thee copies post-haste! You will LOVE the totally improbable romance in A Lady of quality.


  77. I’d LOVE to win Jane Austen’s Letters 3rd edition, collected and edited by Deirdre Le Faye (my old edition is falling apart, I’ve read it so many times!)
    Or Wickhams Diary, By Amanda Grange

    Penguin Classics Emma, by Jane Austen (again, my ancient tome is falling to pieces)
    any notecards! Thanks, Laurel Ann for hosting the contest!


  78. it is very kind of you to share so many collection books/and others with all fans for christmas
    merry christmas :)
    my top three would be;

    Jane Austen Note Cards

    A Jane Austen Education
    Lady of Quality/Charity Girl


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