Sanditon: A Novelization of Andrew Davies’ TV Adaptation of Jane Austen’s Unfinished Novel, by Kate Riordan — A Review

From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress:

A new Jane Austen adaptation/continuation written by Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice 1995) debuted last night in the US on Masterpiece PBS. Inspired by an unfinished novel that Austen began shortly before her death in 1817, Sanditon, the original novel, the television series, and the novelization by Kate Riordan, all share the same title. A tie-in novel based on a screenplay based on an uncompleted novel. That is six degrees of separation that is a challenge to get my mind around. Today we are reviewing the novelization!

A Heroine in the Making Comes to Sanditon

The story unfolds from the perspective of Charlotte Heywood, a young lady experiencing her first trip Continue reading “Sanditon: A Novelization of Andrew Davies’ TV Adaptation of Jane Austen’s Unfinished Novel, by Kate Riordan — A Review”

Jane Austen’s Sanditon: With An Essay by Janet Todd — A Review

From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress: 

Sanditon, Jane Austen’s last unfinished novel is in the news. A new TV adaptation and continuation of the same name premiered in the UK on ITV on August 25, 2019. The new eight-part series was written by Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice 1995) and will be shown on MASTERPIECE PBS in the US starting on January 20, 2020. Inspired by Jane Austen’s 11-and-a-half-chapter fragment, Davies claimed in an early interview that he used up all of Austen’s text in the first 30 minutes of his screenplay. That was about 24,000 words or about one-quarter of an average-sized fiction novel today. To say I was shocked by this admission is an understatement. Continue reading “Jane Austen’s Sanditon: With An Essay by Janet Todd — A Review”

Sanditon, by Jane Austen (Hesperus Press): A Review

From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress: 

On the 27th of January, 1817 Jane Austen began work on a novel that is now known as Sanditon. It was never completed. Her declining health robbed her of what she dearly loved most, writing, and on the 18th of March 1817 after penning 22,000 words she wrote the last lines of chapter twelve and put down her pen. Four months later at age 41 she would succumb to what is generally believed to have been Continue reading “Sanditon, by Jane Austen (Hesperus Press): A Review”

The Watsons and Sanditon, by Jane Austen (Naxos Audiobooks) – A Review

From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress: 

“One abandoned and the other uncompleted.” The Watsons and Sanditon may be fragments in Jane Austen’s literary canon, but they still deserve due deference. Composed over a decade apart in 1803-4 and 1817, each represents Austen’s desire to continue writing during two challenging times in her life.

Written During Challenging Times in Austen’s Life

The Watsons was started when Jane was living in Bath with her parents and sister Cassandra. Raised at Continue reading “The Watsons and Sanditon, by Jane Austen (Naxos Audiobooks) – A Review”

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