Welty on Wednesday – The Jane Austen Book Club

Last Sunday afternoon the membership kick-off for the Jane Austen Book Club was held at the Eudora Welty House and Garden…

jane austen

An appropriate place for such a gathering considering Eudora Welty’s affection for the novels of Jane Austen.

The Jane Austen Book Club of Jackson will read Persuasion in preparation for its’ sixth meeting on Monday, October, 28 at Millsaps College.

The discussion will center around the paradox of Persuasion which is described as “the warmest and the coldest of Jane Austen’s works, the softest and the hardest.”  I am going to have to go ahead and admit that I have never read Persuasion and actually came to love Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility in much part due to cinematography.  I mean who can resist Mr. Darcy (after he goes on the journey to find himself!)…

Colin Firth, Mr. Darcy

Remember, Mrs. Reynolds who knows him well said, “Some people call him proud; but I never saw anything of it.To my fancy, it is only because he does not rattle away like other young men.”

I wonder what sparks the wide-spread interest in reading the Austen novels over and over? I have to believe that it comes from people wanting to make sure that the messages and atmospheres in her works are preserved, in other words, to preserve the pleasure derived from ensconcing yourself in the period and lifestyles of her characters.  As far as the re-reading goes, there are only six completed novels and when you are finished reading these, alas there are no more, and thus the desire to continue re-reading, I suppose.  While times have changed, basic human nature remains the same and I think we can all relate to the characters in her novels.

As Eudora said in “The Radiance of Jane Austen”, “The brightness of (her) eye simply does not grow dim, as have grown the outlines and colors of the scene she herself saw while she wrote – its actualities, like its customs and cloths, have receded from us forever.  But she wrote and her page is dazzlingly alive.”

Just in case you have the desire to keep the Austen flame alive and well into the next generation, the Club has this for you…

Jane Austen Book Club

adorable, right?

I believe that Miss Welty would have appreciated the Sunday gathering and condoned the re-reading of the six Austen novels.

Will you re-read?

photos via google or my own




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  1. Janet Ingram says:

    Every few years I reread all the Austen books. It is a pleasurable gift!