Wednesday, 26 June 2013


(by guest blogger Monica CardinaleOn June 23, at the Geelvinck Hinlopen Huis Museum in Amsterdam, Sandy Lerner gave a talk about her book "Second Impressions" (a Pride & Prejudice sequel she published as Ava Farmer), a book that took her 26 years to write, after a lot of reading and research. I particularly liked how she enlightened the audience about the theme of the immobility of women in Persuasion, something she understood after comprehending Austen's use of the noun "laundalette" at the end of the book.  
The event was organized by the Jane Austen Society of The Netherlands to celebrate 200 years of Pride & Prejudice.
I'm glad to share some of my pictures with you Janeite readers of My Jane Austen Book Club. I hope you'll 
like them!

Monica Cardinale

If you are not familiar with Sandy Lerner here's a short bio note:

In  1992 bought and restored an estate once owned by Jane Austen’s brother, called Chawton House, in Hampshire, England. She has transformed it into the Center for the Study of Early English Women’s Writing, and is currently underwriting the digitization of the works of female authors who lived in England between 1600 and 1830. The 10,000 volumes, not all of them novels, include works by Austen, Mary Shelley, Frances Sheridan and Maria Edgeworth, among many others, as well as a collection of cookbooks by Quakers. 

If you want to know more about the content of her conference, here's an informative post about a similar event in Goucher.

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