Maryland Region

Literary Allusions in Jane Austen
December 3, 2011

Maryland is celebrating Jane Austen’s 236th birthday and the 200th anniversary of the publication of her first novel, Sense and Sensibility on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at noon.  You are cordially invited to join the party at the InterContinental Harbor Court, 550 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.  The program features Lunch in the Hamptons, followed by “Literary Allusions in Jane Austen.”

“Well, Marianne,” said Elinor, as soon as he had left them, “for one morning I think you have done pretty well.  You have already ascertained Mr. Willoughby’s opinion in almost every matter of importance.  You know what he thinks of Cowper and Scott; you are certain of his estimating their beauties as he ought, and you have received every assurance of his admiring Pope no more than is proper.”


Books and authors were very important to Jane Austen’s wonderful characters.  Whether they are making love by sharing poetry or boring their listeners to tears with moral doctrines, Jane’s characters read, care about what they read, and talk to each other about books and ideas.

Our own JASNA Maryland members have gotten together to share with you their insights on the many authors and works who inspired Jane Austen.  We will hear from Nancy Magnuson discussing some of the books in the Goucher collection which Jane Austen read, Rena Kelly introducing us to Fanny Burney and her influence on Pride and Prejudice, Karen Hornig tackling Udolpho and the mysteries of Northanger Abbey, Phyllis Hersh sharing insights on Sense and Sensibility, and Katherine Rylaarsdam playing the role of Mr. Collins reading us sermons.  (Don’t gape like Lydia; it’s not Fordyce!)  We will also hear from Rita Baker-Schmidt on her beloved Persuasion.  It should be an action-packed hour.

The cost is $32 per person, guests are welcome, and the registration form and menu are available on the Maryland Region website.

For questions about registration, call Rena at 410-243-5332.

—Joyce Loney