What a whirlwind month! I got to honor Jane Austen@200 with 17,000 miles of travel, 4 lectures, 2 CNN appearances, 3 radio interviews, 7 print essays, more than a few (mostly positive!) reviews of my new book, and countless kangaroos. Thank you, Jane Austen, for 200 years of celebrating you. Details of the above fun may be found here.
The 200th anniversary of Austen's death is marked this week, and I had the chance to write about why I think we ought to revisit the legend of her hiding her writing in the July 16th New York Times. My op-ed, "Jane Austen Wasn't Shy," appeared in the Sunday Review. As if that weren't good fortune enough, my book, The Making of Jane Austen, was reviewed by Jane Smiley in the Book Review that day, too. It's an honor to be a part of our conversations about her during this momentous week.
Thanks to The Economist for devoting space to describing material from The Making of Jane Austen in the July 15th issue's essay, "Fame and Favourability: Jane Austen, 200 Years On."
I'm sorry. Did you say Jane Smiley reviewed my book in the New York Times Book Review? Is this one of those MasterCard commercials with "Priceless" at the end? It's such an honor to have Smiley read and assess my book, using the words "energetic," "revealing," "amusing" and "vivid." Watch for the print version of the story in the 16 July issue of the paper.
Check out the July 8-9 Wall Street Journal for a review of four new Jane Austen books, including The Making of Jane Austen. Reviewer D. J. Taylor calls the book "fascinating." (Okay, okay, he also calls it "quaintly demotic," but I'll take it!) Although the article is behind a paywall, you may get a glimpse of it here.
Thanks, Literary Review, for including The Making of Jane Austen in your "All About Austen / Austenmania" review and calling it "lively" and "refreshingly free of any cod-Austen gentility."
Thank you, Foreword Reviews, for your review of The Making of Jane Austen as a book that is "fascinating" and lovingly unveils Austen’s posthumous journey"
Thanks to Tony Riches for the chance to talk The Making of Jane Austen in a guest post on his blog "The Writing Desk."
ASU's Office of Knowledge & Enterprise Development (aka ASU Research) did an amazing feature on me, telling my story and the story of my new book, The Making of Jane Austen. I'm so incredibly grateful to them, and especially to Kirk Davis and Kelsey Wharton. ASU is an incredible place to do and learn about what you love.
Prof. Devoney Looser (aka Stone Cold Jane Austen).
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