What's the Jane Austen News this week?A Wonderful Walk Was Had By All On Saturday (the 9th) we saw the fourteenth Jane Austen Festival in Bath officially opened with the traditional Regency promenade. The parade began from the front of the Royal Crescent at 11am, and wound its way through the historic streets of Bath, finishing up at the beautiful Parade Gardens where a floral tribute to Jane Austen in this, her bicentenary year, has been on display throughout summer (you can read more about it in previous editions of the Jane Austen News here and here). The promenade was a big success; the sun was shining and the weather was just ideal! Around 550 people took part in this year's promenade and, in case you couldn't be with us, here's a quick edit of the event. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdOdFV3VOdo[/embed]
A New Pride and Prejudice Pilot Is On The Way Curtis Sittenfeld’s Pride and Prejudice adaptation Eligible is getting a pilot. Sittenfeld published her book back in 2016 as part of the Harper Collins 'Austen Project', which sees six famous authors re-writing Jane's classic novels in a modern setting. Val McDermid rewrote Northanger Abbey, Joanna Trollope did Sense and Sensibility, Alexander McCall Smith took on Emma, and as for Persuasion and Mansfield Park, these are both still yet to be released and the names of the authors taking them on have not yet been announced. The project has been a real success overall; especially Sittenfeld's book. Eligible was on the New York Times Bestseller List for many weeks and was hailed as "book of the summer" by the Times. Now it appears that it may also be turned into a new TV series. Currently ABC are still in the planning stages of the pilot, but the writers have been announced (veteran writers Sherry Cooper Landsman, Jennifer Levin and I. Marlene King) and the pilot has been committed to! When, or if, it will become a full series and available in the UK is still unknown...
The best and most astute twist in Sittenfeld’s retelling is that Darcy’s friend Chip Bingley starred on a reality show that sounds an awful lot like The Bachelor. In the book, it’s called Eligible, hence the title, the themes, etc.
Austen's Sanditon Displayed A Cambridge college gave the public a "rare chance" to see the manuscript of Jane Austen's last unfinished novel, Sanditon, this weekend. Austen began Sanditon in January 1817, in three separate booklets, the last of which was dated 18 March 1817, just a few months before she died. The unfinished manuscript of Sanditon was given to King's College in the 1930s by Jane Austen's great-niece, Mary Isabella Lefroy. It is said that Lefroy gave the college the manuscript because her sister was married to the college's 32nd provost, Augustus Austen Leigh, who was also a great-nephew of the author, and also because she was concerned that the manuscript could be sold by relatives after her death. "It's one of the few Austen manuscripts around" said King's College librarian James Clements. The college also holds one of the few surviving complete letters by Austen, to her publisher James Murray. While the manuscript and letter are no longer on display, they may well be again in the future, as this isn't the first time the college has put them out for the public to see. Essentially, if you want to see them, watch this space!
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