Eudora Welty and Jane Austen

Last Sunday afternoon the local chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America, along with the Jackson Friends of the Library, presented a program on “Houses in Jane Austen’s Life and Fiction.”

With an attendance of over 120, the program and reception were a huge success…

Jane Austen Tea

Iris Lutz, President of Jane Austen Society of North America, gave an inspiring program with visuals from her travels to homes with Austen connections…

Jane Austen's home

My friend and author, Dr. Carolyn Brown, is the Regional Coordinator for JASNA – Mississippi.  Her article in Persuasions, the Jane Austen Journal gives interesting insight into the connection between Eudora Welty’s Delta Wedding and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  Click here for a link to an excerpt from her article where you will also enjoy reading about the many similarities between the two writers.

Ms. Lutz referenced Carolyn’s article when she told the group about one of the final trips that Miss Welty made – in the summer of 1990 she visited Jane Austen’s home,  Chowton.  Sometime after her return she sent a postcard with a photo of Chowton to her close friend William Maxwell and his wife Emmy.  From Suzanne Marrs’ biography,  Eudora Welty A Biography, Dr. Brown notes:  her postscript read “I found this picture of Jane’s house – It looks big, but is really small.  The opposite of her novels.  Small perfect rooms, closely connected -“…

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Jane Austen Tea

looking through from the garden…

Jane Austen Tea

she also had many photos of houses which Jane Austen would have visited that influenced her writing…

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we learned about the years the Austens lived in Bath…

Jane Austen Tea

and ended up at the house where she spent her last months…

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I am ready to hop the pond and visit all of these sights for myself but Ms. Lutz’s virtual tour was an enjoyable way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

The lovely reception was not to be missed…

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Jackson Friends of the Library Board members had gone all out…

Jane Austen Tea

Jane Austen Tea

Jane Austen Tea

click on the link

Mississippi Chapter of JASNA

to learn more about the organization

I really need to hop the pond, I think this little guy is looking for me…

Jane Austen Tea

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