I finally went over to Project Gutenberg and put it on my reader this morning. I was dragging at my heels a bit — I already told you of my not being crazy about Jane. What finally peaked my interest was Lauren Cerand’s post on the Dempsy & Carroll blog titled On Legends and Letters. Letters! This is something I can get excited about! Cerand situates the novel in the epistolary tradition (and makes it sound terribly romantic). I’m a big fan of letter writing (and fountain pens and stationery and oh!) and I decided to do a little research on Jane Austen and letter writing to help me find something to focus on besides “witty — but surfacey!” Here are some links for your perusal:
I found this most enjoyable and interesting post on Jane Austen and Letter Writing on Jane Austen’s World.
Here is a little more about the Regency Folding Style.
and a fascinating video showing all of the accoutrements in action:
(I can’t be the only one googling for goose feathers and a repro slanted writing thingum!)
Oh, I am so good and excited now!!! Let the reading begin!!!
P.S. – I am always looking for pen pals! Just ask Ruby – I may take awhile, but I always write back and include tea! Leave me a comment if you are interested!
P.P.S – Speaking of tea (!!!)