As an avid gardener and Jane Austen enthusiast, I have been waiting patiently for this…a rose named after one of my favorite novels, Pride and Prejudice!
It was inevitable that some rose breeder would cash in on the Pride and Prejudice bicentenary. I am just surprised it took them so long to name a rose after one of the novels or characters created by my favorite author Jane Austen.
Huzzah! Just announced by Harkness, a specialist rose growers in the UK, Pride and Prejudice, a floribunda rose in pale peach. WOW! Here is the description: Continue reading
The Royal Mail has released six new Jane Austen stamps today in honor of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice. Designed by artist Angela Barrett, they include illustrations of scenes from the six major novels: Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice as first-class stamps and Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion in other values, and can be purchased through the Royal Mail Shop online. My favorite is the illustration from Northanger Abbey which includes the ponderous chest so mysterious to heroine Catherine Morland.
There are several collectors sets to select from including a special Presentation Pack with additional text by author P.D. James and a First Day Cover pack where the special stamps are affixed to a cover featuring a Jane Austen signature and cancelled with a Steventon, Basingstoke postmark, chosen because it was the home of Jane Austen for many years.
The Royal Mail also announced that letters posted in Chawton in Hampshire, where Austen spent her last years, and Steventon, near Basingstoke, where she was born, will have a special postmark for a week, featuring the Pride and Prejudice quote “Do anything rather than marry without affection”. Continue reading
Wishing Janeites everywhere a very Merry Christmas.
I am sharing my Christmas card online this year. Appropriately, it is called A Jane Austen Christmas. It is by David Price. You can buy your very own boxed set from Allport Editions of Portland, Oregon.
© 2012 David Price, Allport Editions
Hot off the presses is the November/December 2012 (No 60) edition of Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine, the ultimate Austen reading indulgence. Here are the featured articles!
- Some great Christmas gift ideas for the Jane Austen fan in your life
- You shall go to the dance – public and private balls in Jane Austen’s time
- How keeping a bawdyhouse could be a tough business
- Baiting, coursing and fishing: blood sports were big business in the Georgian era
- Looking at Jane’s use of fashion accessories in Emma
- The life of Sir Thomas Bernard, a prominent philanthropist
- Jane in the Garden of England
This new issue also includes reports from the recent Jane Austen Festival in Bath and the JASNA AGM in Brooklyn; news, letters, book reviews and much, much more!
Need a seasonal gift?
A subscription to Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine is the perfect gift for friends and family who enjoy Jane Austen. To subscribe simply follow this link to their website and have your gift mailed six times a year from Bath, England
© 2012 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose