Oh! Do not attack me with your watch!

/ Tuesday, 26 October 2010 /

Jane Austen, originally uploaded by tartx.
If you recognized the source of the title of this post, you will be very interested to learn about this.

"Oh! Do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch." 
 Jane Austen, Mansfield Park.

Jane Austen's original manuscripts were put online last night. In these manuscripts you can see her fabulous novels written in her own hand. The ink is faded, so parts are hard to read, but the Oxford scholars and their research team who have worked on this project have included a printed version that accompanies each page, where you can follow Jane Austen's changes of wording, strike-throughs, and other minute edits. You can access them here.  What a treat!

(If you are looking for the giveaway post, go here.)


{ ParisMaddy } on: 27 October 2010 at 00:25 said...

Fabulous. Thanks for sharing this.

Happy Autumn.

{ elle } on: 27 October 2010 at 08:42 said...

Having no watch is a great way to simplify a life. I'm still deciding which is my favorite quilt.

{ Dee } on: 27 October 2010 at 09:35 said...

first thing we do when we go on vacation is remove all timepieces! in the summer, as a sahm, I totally forget even what day it is!


thanks for the link!

{ Duff } on: 27 October 2010 at 10:56 said...

oh, yummy. I was able to see some of James Joyce's original writings while in Ireland and this looks just as drool-worthy!

{ Kristen } on: 27 October 2010 at 16:28 said...

Now that is intriguing! I'll have to check it out.

{ Jennifer } on: 27 October 2010 at 17:22 said...


her handwriting is much like mine, i'm afraid...

{ Suzanna } on: 27 October 2010 at 20:54 said...

Happy birthday!!! You young'un, you.

{ Faith Hope Cherrytea ~ } on: 2 November 2010 at 22:12 said...

THX THX! for this! excellent..

{ Faith Hope Cherrytea ~ } on: 2 November 2010 at 22:12 said...

and totally forgot to add the BEST for your BIRTHDAY !!

{ Faith Hope Cherrytea ~ } on: 4 November 2010 at 21:12 said...

i've now reposted some of this great news to both FHC blogs - THX!
with links to yours :)

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