" 'My idea of good company, Mr. Eliot, is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.' 'You are mistaken,' said he gently, 'that is not good company, that is the best.' " (Persuasion).
If you can't spend Jane Austen's birthday surrounded by the best company, then perhaps some of these new titles about Jane Austen might do the trick:
A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen edited by Susannah Carson. (on order for King Library and available through OhioLINK)
Jane Austen and Marriage by Hazel Jones (King Library PR4038.M3 J66 2009)
A Fine Brush on Ivory: An Appreciation of Jane Austen by Richard Jenkyns (Hamilton Library PR4037 .J45 2007)
The Cinematic Jane Austen: Essays on the Filmic Sensibility of the Novels by David Monaghan, Ariane Hudelet, and John Wiltshire (King Library PR4038.F55 M66 2009)
Jane Austen & Charles Darwin: Naturalists and Novelists by Peter W. Graham (King Library PR4036 .G73 2008)
Or how about checking out this journal devoted to the study of Jane Austen: Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal
Or go check out an 1894 edition of Pride and Prejudice in our Special Collections on the third floor of King Library. It's bound in dark green cloth with gold embossed decorations.
If you're looking for a present to help me celebrate, I would love tickets to New York City to go see the exhibit A Woman's Wit: Jane Austen's Life and Legacy at the Morgan Library!