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‘Jane Austen and Bath’ at the library

A program titled “Jane Austen & Bath” will be offered by Nan Quick at the Jaffrey Public Library on Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m.

The presentation is an adaptation of a photo-lecture Quick created for the Jane Austen Society of North America.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Austen’s best known novel, “Pride and Prejudice.”

Jane Austen was always more content when she lived in the English countryside. Bath was the only city in England where she lived for meaningful stretches of time. During those city sojourns, as she became more and more discontented, Austen did very little writing. But her stays in Bath eventually provided her with some of the most vivid and fertile settings for her novels. Readers who are well versed in her work know that “Northanger Abbey” (Austen’s juvenile novel), and “Persuasion” (her final and most mature work) both have unforgettable scenes which occur in Bath.

Quick will explain the differences between all of those confusing rooms where Austen’s characters did their non-stop socializing. The photo tour will celebrate the neoclassical architecture of that golden limestone city, and Quick will explain the ways in which Austen used Bath as a symbol for the constraints imposed by early 19th century society.

This event is free and open to the public.

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