Wednesday, April 22, 2015

JASNA Syracuse Sanditon Old and New

Jane Austen knows how to rock and roll. Marie Sprayberry 

From Marie Sprayberry:

JASNA Syracuse's May Day meeting will be held Saturday, May 2, at 2 pm, at RiverRead Books, 5 Court St., Binghamton.

Appropriately as we head into summer, the meeting topic will be
 Sanditon, Jane Austen's final, unfinished novel--set at a seaside resort still under development. 

In some ways,
 Sanditon was a new departure from Jane Austen's earlier work; in others, it hearkened back to much earlier writings. What new and old themes was she taking on here? And how might she have completed the novel if she'd lived to finish it? (OK, we admit that Charlotte Heywood might not have been twisting the night away to the Beach Boys at the Sanditon tea rooms...) Come and share your ideas!

Reports from those who have read either of the two major modern completions of
 Sanditon (the ones "by Jane Austen and Another Lady" and by Juliette Shapiro) are also welcome.

I agree Charlotte might not have been twisting the night away, but she may have waltzed the night away and that would have raised some eyebrows. 

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