Saturday, 27 June 2009
Thursday, 25 June 2009
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Sunday, 21 June 2009
?December 1815-January 1816
My dear Anna
As I wish very much to see your Jemima, I am sure you will like to see my Emma, & have therefore great pleasure in sending it for your perusal. Keep it as long as you chuse, it has been read by all here.-
Monday, 8 June 2009
"Friendship is the finest balm for the pangs of despised love."This is my favourite Austen quote but I'd forgotten which novel it comes from. Of course, it's Northanger Abbey.
Well that's the hardback budget blown for the year! I have now completed my collection of the handsome Everyman's Library Austen titles. There are seven in all - the six novels and Sanditon and Other Stories. A couple of years ago I visited Bath so I can now visualise the Pump Room and the streets as Catherine walks through them with Isabella. Anyone else fond of Northanger Abbey?
Saturday, 6 June 2009
I wasn't sure whether I liked Elizabeth Von Arnim's Elizabeth and her German Garden at first. It seemed a lot like a gardening manual and I'd been hoping for a novel. However, as it progressed I started to enjoy it. A little like Diary of a Provincial Lady without quite the same wit and warmth.
Monday, 1 June 2009
October 16 1921. Another radiant day. J. is typing my last story, The Garden Party, which I finished on my birthday [October 14]. It took me nearly a month to 'recover' from At the Bay. I made a least three false starts.