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Austenland Appeals to Austen Nerds
And Romantic-Comedy Haters Alike

Sunday, August 25th, 2013
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For the millions of Jane Austen fans, Austenland is frighteningly familiar. Throughout her novels, there’s angst, suppressed desire, even the occasional handsome, haughtily aloof man

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Cyrano de Bergerac: Richly Entertaining

Sunday, October 14th, 2012
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“Always the prompter, never the star.” You know the story: The larger than life Cyrano (Douglas Hodge) is a Renaissance man – author, iconoclast, and

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P.D. James Tackles Jane Austen

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011
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If imitation is indeed the highest form of flattery, Jane Austen is certainly blessed. Her novels have sold millions worldwide, been made into feature films,

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Oscar 2011—Fair, Fickle, or Foul?

Saturday, February 26th, 2011
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This is the one that counts. The Golden Globes may have the party with the most fun (drinking is allowed during the show), and the

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Romantic Reads for Valentine’s Day — And Any Day

Sunday, January 31st, 2010
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Rupert Brooke, the World War I poet, once wrote in thinking of his beloved, “Today, I have been happy. I held a memory of you.”

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The Morgan Library Celebrates Jane Austen

Monday, November 16th, 2009
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In a rare and exceptional exhibition of Jane Austen’s life and work, the Pierpont Morgan Library presents A Woman’s Wit: Jane Austen’s Life and Legacy

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The High Price of Electricity

Sunday, November 8th, 2009
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The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan is a TV movie waiting to be filmed. As related by Bess Heath, starting with

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Dating In The Electronic Age—Know When to Pull The Plug

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
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Imagine Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy courting in the age of electronics. Would Lizzie have too much pride to immediately respond to his text message?

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