Our next SpecialTea is scheduled for Sunday, December 17th and is a Jane Austen Tea.

“Jane Austen is one of the most beloved and influential English novelists of all time. To those who love her, she is like the brightness of burnished silver–something lovely, with sparkle, that makes our world more beautiful.”

[From Remarkably Jane–Notable Quotations on Jane Austen, by Jennifer Adams] Here are some quotes from this book:
“It wasn’t really me that everyone went crazy about–it was the character [Fitzwilliam Darcy], who’d been around for a couple of centuries.”–Colin Firth, 1997

“When you begin to love Austen, her world doesn’t seem that antiquated. Her characters worry about money, deal with embarrassing family members, cringe at social slights, and spend more time than they should hoping to fall in love, even when the local prospects don’t seem that promising.” –Robin Swicord, 2007, Director of the film version of The Jane Austen Book Club

“One of Jane Austen’s greatest talents is that she presents sexual tension with such subtlety.” — Joan Klingel Ray, 2005, President of the Jane Austen Society of North America, 2000 – 2006

“How did this early-nineteenth-century novelist become the chick-lit, chick-flick queen for today? It is not only because she is an enduring writer. So is Melville, but bumper stickers and T-shirts read “What would Jane do?” not “What would Herman do?” — Caryn James, 2007, Film Critic for The New York Times

“When people compare Shakespeare with Jane Austen, they may mean that the minds of both had consumed all impediments; and for that reason we do not know Jane Austen and we do not know Shakespeare, and for that reason Jane Austen pervades every word she wrote, and so does Shakespeare.” — Virginia Woolf, 1913, Essayist and Novelist

“Nothing very much happens in her books, and yet, when you come to the bottom of a page, you eagerly turn it to learn what will happen next. Nothing very much does and again you eagerly turn the page. The novelist who has the power to achieve this has the most precious gift a novelist can possess.” — W. Somerset Maugham, 1955,
Playwright and Novelist

“There may not be a novelist, in English, who surpasses Jane Austen.” —Harold Bloom, 2000, Literary Critic

“Jane lies
in Winchester–blessed be her shade!
Praise the Lord for making her,
and her for all she made!
And while the stones of Winchester,
or Milsom Steet, remain,
Glory, love, and honor
unto England’s Jane.”
Rudyard Kipling, 1924, Poet, Winner of the Nobel Prize