Folly is Not Always Folly: Jane Austen & D’Arcy Wentworth

Jane Austen, a lively, headstrong and determined girl, lived a very full and exciting youth. In her thirties, she published four wonderful novels, but did not disclose her name. After she died, in 1817, her family destroyed most of her letters, and they steadfastly refused to discuss her life. One of her nieces wrote, a memoir of Miss Jane Austen has often been asked for, and strangers..have wondered that the family should have refused to supply the necessary materials.

Fifty-two years after her death, her nephew, Rev. James Edward Austen-Leigh, responded to growing public interest, with a Memoir of Jane Austen. He said very little about her youth, and he admitted the family had suppressed her early stories, describing them as, ridiculing the improbable events and exaggerated sentiments which she had met with in sundry silly romances. He stated that Jane’s life was, singularly barren: few changes and no great crisis ever broke the smooth current of its course; and declared he had no definite tale of love to relate.

Most, if not all of Jane Austen’s readers simply didn’t believe him.

Virginia Woolf wrote, I prefer to present her, not in the modest pose which her family determined for her, but rather, as she most frequently presented herself, as rebellious, satirical and wild.

After more than two hundred years, Jane & D’Arcy reveals the story of the enduring love of Jane Austen and D’Arcy Wentworth.

Over time, the Austen’s secrecy was reinforced by D’Arcy’s silence. A tall, handsome young Irish surgeon, after being tried, and found not guilty of highway robbery at the Old Bailey, he left England for New South Wales, on the other side of the world.

The day before he sailed, Jane’s brother, Henry, reflecting his family’s sentiments, applauded the world for getting rid of its superfluous inhabitants, all those who have too much cunning or too little money, shipped off with the very first cargo of Convicts to Botany Bay.

Despite time and distance, D’Arcy was to remain the fixed star in Jane’s firmament.

Folly is Not Always Folly is the first volume of Jane & D’Arcy, the second, Such Talent & Such Success, is to follow. They tell the long lost story of the romance and adventures of Jane Austen and D’Arcy Wentworth. You can purchase a copy here http://www.janeanddarcy.com

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Book to be released 6 April

 

Jane Austen Travel Guide

Jane Austen’s England is the first (and only!) travel guide devoted to exploring locations in England that have a unique connection with either Austen herself, her work, and/or the adaptations of her books. However, it’s only published in Dutch. The author is running a Kickstarter to translate the book into English (after many requests for this). You can pledge and get a copy of the translated book when it’s published (and probably before everyone else!).

Jane Austen and Chawton Suites

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A message to all Janeites from the heart of Jane Austen Country !

PLANNING A BICENTENARY EVENT FOR 2017 ?

WHY NOT USE AN ORIGINAL PIECE of music written by a gifted composer born and bred just a mile from Jane’s former home in Chawton, and who could not have deeper links with the village – Great-grandad was a carpenter, Grandad a footman, at Chawton House itself ! Continue reading “Jane Austen and Chawton Suites”

Pride and Prejudice in Auckland March 2016

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Caroline Bingley and Mr Bennet Photo credit: Meg Andrews

Narina Riddle
(Choreographer and Actress playing Lydia Bennet)

 

The Acting Collective

The Acting Collective was started 6 months ago by Christianne Van Wijk. She put the word out via Facebook about doing a stage production of Pride and Prejudice which caught a lot of peoples attention. From the first meeting you could tell it was going to be something special, that’s where the idea of the acting collective came from – the fact that you could share technique, ideas and thoughts with other actors without limitation. In terms of putting on Pride and Prejudice, we have a cast of 16 and everybody has a secondary role in the production side of things, it has made us close as a cast and a team. Continue reading “Pride and Prejudice in Auckland March 2016”

ADAPTING JANE AUSTEN’S NOVELS FOR THE STAGE: Additions, omissions and essentials

Pamela Whalan

Wellington, Saturday 13 February 2016 / Auckland, Saturday 20 February 2016

I have adapted for the stage five of Austen’s six novels and before long I hope to adapt the sixth, Northanger Abbey.

I am often asked how long it takes to adapt an Austen novel. The actual writing of the script is the quickest part of the activity. It usually takes about three weeks. It follows a planning period of some months and much scribbling of notes on the backs of envelopes, as I decide how to organise the telling of the tale. The writing is followed by a period in which the script is set aside, revised and workshopped before it goes into production and then into print. But none of this would be possible if I did not come to the planning stage with a thorough knowledge of the novel that cannot be gained through one or two readings. If you are going to successfully transfer the spirit of the novel from page to stage you need to have a thorough understanding and love of the work that comes from living with it over a period of many years.

Why do I do it? Continue reading “ADAPTING JANE AUSTEN’S NOVELS FOR THE STAGE: Additions, omissions and essentials”