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Book Club Thu Sep 05 2013

Jane Austen's Parade of Homes

"There is nothing like staying home for real comfort."
- Jane Austen, Emma

From Mr. Darcy's Pemberley to Fanny Price's Mansfield Park, the homes in Jane Austen's novels are nearly as important as the characters themselves. Growing up on the fringes of the landed gentry and relocating frequently as an adult due to uncertain financial circumstances, Austen observed and absorbed the details of homes that would become cornerstones of her novels.

Iris Lutz, President of the Jane Austen Society of North America, elaborates on the topic in an illustrated lecture, " proportion to their family and income: Houses in Jane Austen's Life and Fiction." The event takes place at the Harold Washington Library Center at 400 S. State Street on Saturday, September 7 at 2pm. It's hosted by the Jane Austen Society of North America - Greater Chicago Region. Bonnets recommended, but not required.

Photo of Jane Austen's house in Chawton courtesy of

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