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Morgan library. Jane Austen. This exhibition explores the life, work, and legacy of Jane Austen (1775–1817), regarded as one of the greatest English novelists. Offering a close-up portrait of the iconic British author, whose popularity has surged over the last two decades with numerous motion picture and television adaptations of her work, the show provides tangible intimacy with Austen through the presentation of more than 100 works, including her manuscripts, personal letters, and related materials, many of which the Morgan has not exhibited in over a quarter century.

A Woman’s Wit: Jane Austen’s Life and Legacy also includes first and early illustrated editions of Austen’s novels as well as drawings and prints depicting people, places, and events of biographical significance.

The exhibition is organized into three sections: Austen’s life and personal letters, her works, her legacy, and concludes with the documentary-style film.

The Divine Jane is a short documentary film specially commissioned for the exhibition. Each of the six interviewees was invited to look closely at the Morgan’s outstanding collection of Austen letters and manuscripts.

Would you like to see this collection? I would be completely crazy to have the opportunity to see, to touch and read this preserved work.

Also, other questions touched several subject:

When did they first read Austen and what were their initial impressions? What is the relation between Austen’s life and work? Why does she remain so popular? And, if you could invite Austen to dinner, whom else would you invite, and why?

Well, I discover Jane Austen when I was a teenager. I still enjoy reading her work anytime. And I definitely love to see Marcel Proust and Jane Austen at the same dinner. They both have described so well their culture and the aristocratic way of life. Humour should be a great part of the conversation.

And you, would you be happy to have dinner with Jane Austen?



Sources: The Morgan Library and museum: A woman’s wit: Jane Austen’s life and legacy.

The Divine Jane: reflection on Austen. Francesco Carrozzini.

Illustrations: Morgan library.



Pause Café. Mireille 2009 


A precious, mouldering pleasure ‘t is
To meet an antique book,
In just the dress his century wore;
A privilege, I think,


His venerable hand to take,
And warming in our own,
A passage back, or two, to make
To times when he was young.


His quaint opinions to inspect,
His knowledge to unfold
On what concerns our mutual mind,
The literature of old;


What interested scholars most,
What competitions ran
When Plato was a certainty.
And Sophocles a man;


When Sappho was a living girl,
And Beatrice wore
The gown that Dante deified.
Facts, centuries before,


He traverses familiar,
As one should come to town
And tell you all your dreams were true;
He lived where dreams were sown.


His presence is enchantment,
You beg him not to go;
Old volumes shake their vellum heads
And tantalize, just so.

Emily Dickinson. Life

I love those magic moments. The visit to the library, the quest for the discovery of the books I am looking for, the questions to the librarian and the delicate choice I have to make between Whitman, Apollinaire or Dickinson…

Well, this week I bring Emily Dickinson into my life.

The other precious moment I really enjoy is when I celebrate my Odyssey at the coffee shop. Allongé simple is delicious for this pause café. After what, I just let my hands and my eyes go through this perfect object we call book for a while. The first lines, first chapter goes and goes…

I will need another cup.

This is my Pause Café préférée.

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