Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Better Living Through Jane Austen

Portrait of the English writer Jane Austen (1775-1817). Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 20 May 2016.

Back in the 1930s, the chemical company DuPont used the slogan "Better Things For Better Living...Through Chemistry" in a successful ad campaign which presented "a corporate image of integrity, competence and efficiency". The first time we actually heard the term "Better Living Through Chemistry", it was the title of a 1996 Fatboy Slim album. Regardless, the idea of improved living has stuck with us, and what better path to follow towards better quality of living than one which employs the words of one of our favorite authors, Jane Austen?

Many writers have been inspired by Austen in one way or another. The authors in the list which follows have used her writings as a springboard for romantic advice; to get the inspiration to battle chronic illness; to show how small objects can influence great work; to affirm how issues such as gender, class, and familial obligation are relatable across time and geography; to connect with Scripture; as a jumping-off point for crafts; and more.  One book makes Austen's world more "friendly" and accessible. Learn to live more AUSTENtaciously and see how it affects your life!

AUSTEN: PRIDE & PREJUDICE. - Jane Bennett and Mr. Bingley at Longbourn. Illustration by Hugh Thomson for an 1894 edition of Jane Austen's novel 'Pride and Prejudice,' first published in 1813.. Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 20 May 2016.

The Jane Austen Rules: A Classic Guide to Modern Love by Sinéad Murphy 

A Walk With Jane Austen: A Journey Into Adventure, Love, and Faith by Lori Smith 

The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things by Paula Byrne

All Roads Lead to Austen: A Yearlong Journey With Jane by Amy Elizabeth Smith 

The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After by Elizabeth Kantor 

A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter by William Deresiewicz  

Jane Austen manuscript . Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 20 May 2016.

The Friendly Jane Austen: A Well-Mannered Introduction To a Lady of Sense & Sensibility by
Natalie Tyler 

A Jane Austen Devotional compiled and written by Steffany Woolsey [eBook]

Pride & Preju-knits: Twelve Genteel Knitting Projects Inspired by Jane Austen by Trixie Von Purl 

Dinner With Mr. Darcy: Recipes Inspired By the Novels and Letters of Jane Austen by Pen Vogler 

AUSTENtatious Crochet: 36 Contemporary Designs From the World of Jane Austen by Melissa Horozewski 

The Heroine's Bookshelf: Life Lessons from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder by Erin Blakemore  

Jane Austen's house, Chawton, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 20 May 2016.

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