To end a busy day, I would like to thank Laura Boyle of the Jane Austen Centre in
On a side note, once more information is available, Rachel is going to write an article about the upcoming Miss Austen Regrets, a BBC TV production. Ms. Olivia Williams (Jane Fairfax in A&E Emma 1997) will play Jane Austen. Check IMDB for more development of this news. It is also interesting to note that Miss Austen Regrets was the title of a New York Times article written by Claude Rawson on 14 September 1997 to analyse David Noke's Jane Austen: A Life.
This is information about Miss Austen Regrets from the BBC site:
Based on her life and letters, Miss Austen Regrets tells the story of Jane Austen's final years.
When asked by her young niece, Fanny, to help vet potential husbands, Jane finds herself re-examining her own romantic life.
As she approaches 40 years of age, Jane appears happily unmarried and, to her niece, she seems an expert on love. Protected by her wit, Jane presents a front as dazzling as many of her novels' young heroines, but events conspire to potentially expose Jane's principled theories on love and marriage as ill-judged.
A chance re-acquaintance with a former suitor sees Jane lose her composure, and, when she meets her brother's dashing young physician, her passions are ignited.
Then, when her family faces financial ruin, it becomes apparent that all could have been very different had Jane accepted a marriage proposal from a wealthy landowner...
Apparently, the production will focus more on Mr. Bigg-Wither than Tom Lefroy or even that mysterious man who died not long after Jane met him in a seashore resort. Well, we shall see. All in all, 2007 is a good year for Miss Austen.
Pic: Anna Austen Lefroy, from David Cecil's 'A Portrait of Jane Austen' (1978)