WESTPORT, Conn. -- Jane Austen lovers will want to take part when the Westport Library holds a series of discussions on the author's six published novels with special speakers beginning Saturday, Feb. 27, and running through September.
The first book to be discussed will be "Northanger Abbey," led by Trinity College professor Barbara M. Benedict, at 2 p.m. in the library’s McManus Room. The first of Austen's novels written, yet the last published, is a coming-of-age story of a young woman who is one of 10 children of a country clergyman.
Benedict earned her bachelor of art's degree in British history and literature from Harvard University, and her doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of several books, including her most recent, "Curiosity: A Cultural History of Early Modern Inquiry." She is currently writing a book on Jane Austen and material culture.
A detailed guide to the Year of Reading Austen, compiled by the Westport Library reference librarians, is available for those who wish to take part in the series.
The rest of the meeting dates include:
- Saturday, April 9, 2 p.m., McManus Room: "Sense and Sensibility," with a discussion led by Mark Schenker, associate dean at Yale College
- Saturday, May 21, 2 p.m., McManus Room: "Mansfield Park"
- Saturday, July 23, 2 p.m., McManus Room: "Persuasion"
- Saturday, August 27, 2 p.m., McManus Room: "Pride and Prejudice"
- Saturday, Sept. 24, McManus Room: "Emma"
For further information, call 203-291-4800, or check westportlibrary.org . The library is at 20 Jesup Road.
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